Trick or treat, New Yorkers! This year we’re treated to a Halloween holiday that falls on the weekend, giving us plenty of time to recover after overindulging in cocktails and candy. This city is abuzz with festive fêtes; here’s what we’re looking forward to this week. Boo!
I once had the pleasure of seeing comedian extraordinaire Amy Poehler at a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar and my stomach was sore for days. Amy is back for a live reading of her hilarious memoir today at the Union Square Barnes & Noble. She goes live at 7 p.m., but doors open at 5 p.m. Book buyers get priority seating! 33 E. 17th St, New York, NY
You may have thought that stargazing was impossible under New York City’s bright lights and fog, but the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) can make your fantasy a reality. The group will give you an astronaut-worthy view of the night sky with high-powered telescopes on the High Line. Members of the AAA will also lead the tour so you know exactly what you’re admiring. This is the perfect (free) date night as you snuggle under the stars. The event begins at sunset. The High Line, enter at 14th St. and Tenth Ave.
Staying in tonight? Whip up Emily’s delicious and nutritious recipe for Brocco-Tacos, which highlights the seasonal veggie among local accoutrements and savory cheese.
Don’t miss your chance to check out New York’s longest running haunted house, NIGHTMARE New York, in the Lower East Side. It’s the second-largest Halloween attraction after the Village Parade and draws more than 40,000 visitors each year. This year’s edition explores the legendary horror stories and urban legends of the New York City subways and ends on November 1st. The F train in the morning is scary enough; I can’t imagine the horrors dreamt up by industry experts Timothy Haskell and Steve Kopelman. Tickets start at $30. 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY
The Village Halloween Parade is in its 41st year and is still guaranteed to be the best people watching of the season. Parade marchers are required to be dressed in costume and this year’s lineup includes our very own Bitch in the City Emily as a zombie during the Michael Jackson “Thriller” synchronized dance. The parade kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs on Sixth Avenue from Spring St. to the 16th St. subway.
After the parade, famous concert venue Webster Hall transforms to “Webster Hell,” for a rip-roaring after party. Webster Hall has been known as the “Devil’s Playground” since the 1910’s and this debaucherous bash transforms all four floors of the venue into a twisted mausoleum. Tickets are $75, purchase here.
Don’t pack away your costume yet. Give your Halloween look an afterlife at the Pier of Fear EDM concert series at Pier 94. Tonight, world renowned DJ Nicky Romero headlines with ghostly progressive house beats. Buy tickets here.
Need a healthy brunch to detox from Halloween weekend? Try recently Bitch-approved, waist-friendly brunch locales such as Sacred Chow in Greenwich Village, Dimes in Chinatown, or The Butcher’s Daughter in Nolita.