Philanthropy Highlight | October Charity Events

In preparation for the season of gratitude that is fast approaching, October is a good time to remember what is truly important in life: giving back. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of galas, dinners and walks that work to help fund some of the globe’s most worthy charity efforts.

1. The New York Women’s Foundation Fall Gala

October 2nd, 6:30pm
The Plaza, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South

This much-anticipated event will honor four individuals who work to make our city a better place for both women and families. Reigning as the only public foundation in the United States dedicated solely to helping low-income women and girls in NYC, The New York Women’s Foundation will put on an evening to remember in The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom.

2. WRI’s Courage to Lead 35th Anniversary Dinner

October 12th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Cipriani’s, 25 Broadway

This biennial fundraising dinner honors leaders who have been ambitious and tireless in their dedication to protect the planet and improve people’s lives. The event’s funds will help the World Resources Institute continue to run with strength on five continents.

3. Making Strides of Central Park

October 15th, 7:30am
Central Park, East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue

Each October, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer comes to a town by you in order to unite communities toward the common goal of saving lives from breast cancer. Funds raised go to the American Cancer Society’s research and early detection efforts. Join breast cancer survivors on this walk to help save more lives!

4. Strengthening Neighbors Inspiring Change Gala

October 25th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Blend on the Water, 4540 Center Boulevard, LIC

Support Queens Community House in its mission to provide families with the tools necessary to enrich their lives and build healthy and inclusive communities. The organization annually offers 20,000 residents of the borough with support no matter age or background.

5. Maya’s Hope Lotus Ball

October 27th, 8:00 – 11:30pm
The Grand Ballroom, 583 Park Avenue

The 6th Annual Maya’s Hope Gala will be a night to remember! The black tie event will benefit the organization’s mission to improve the quality of lives of orphaned, impoverished and special-needs children on a global scale, providing funding for caregivers and medical care for those who desperately need it.


Seasonal Events | Your TOWN Guide to Fall 2017

Following summer vacation, fall is the best time to settle back into the routine of navigating New York City’s buzzing avenues and streets, a feat which never feels routine at all! With the temperature cooling down, autumn is when the city that never sleeps truly awakens. As the new cultural scene begins on Broadway and beyond, so do the NBA and NFL seasons, and of course, the magical holiday season. Enjoy seasonal activities that will take you from Union Square to the Hudson Valley, and be sure to stake out spots on the sidelines of the New York Marathon and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

TOWN has curated this guide to reflect the city’s best events and destinations, including tasty brunch spots, worthy charity events and cultural opera performances. Enjoy everything New York has to offer this fall, and please let us know if you have any questions about the New York City real estate market or how we can assist you. In this guide, we have included short links to easily reference the details about each event.

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Seasonal Events | Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Fall presents many opportunities to perfect your homemade apple pie or create the scariest jack-o-lantern in town. Whichever way you choose to celebrate the season, be sure to dedicate a weekend to an apple or pumpkin picking adventure. Below, we have compiled a list of the best places to do so, all just a short journey outside the city!

1. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
1.5 hours from NYC

Located in North Salem, this orchard offers a variety of seasonal products and events. Stop by for a fun afternoon of apple picking, or sample some hard cider after a tour of the grounds. Plus, during the weekend the establishment offers a pumpkin patch, apple cannons, a bounce house, live music, pony rides and more!

2. Apple Dave’s Orchards

82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY
1.5 hours from NYC

The upstate farm offers 10 varieties of apples, a lush pumpkin patch and a general store stocked with countless jams and jellies. Formerly Applewood Orchard, the renowned destination has been renamed to honor “the man who started it all” – Apple Dave!

3. Barton Orchard

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY
2 hours from NYC

Stop by Barton Orchard seven days a week this fall for apple picking, pumpkin picking and more! Plus, stop by the bakery for the tastiest of treats, whether you’re looking for apple dumplings, a holiday pie, local eggs or famous cider donuts.

4. Warwick Valley Winery

114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY
2 hours from NYC

Just an hour and a half from New York City, enjoy Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery at the foothills of the Hudson Valley. Nestled in between the picturesque Mount Eve and Mount Adam, the winery includes live music, a tasting room and a café, plus apple picking! There is a $5 fee for wine tasting, which includes 6 wines and a winery glass.

5. Elwood Pumpkin Farm

1500 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY
1 hour from NYC

For the opportunity to pick pumpkins off the very vine on which they grow, visit Elwood Pumpkin Farm on Long Island. You may also enjoy a hayride, or challenge yourself to navigate a modest corn maze. One of the farm’s many perks is the lack of an admission fee; pay based on the size of your pumpkin!

Food News | Your New York City Italian Restaurant Guide

Now that the temperatures are dropping, what better way to keep warm than with a steaming plate of spaghetti? These five restaurants located across the city are sure to satisfy your Italian food cravings while offering a warm environment to cozy up in alongside friends and family.

1. Babbo

110 Waverly Place
Greenwich Village

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Babbo is a celebration of all things Italian, from the food and the wine to the lifestyle! Shortly after opening in the late 90s, the restaurant received the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant Award, and has since retained this level of acclaim and widespread praise. Chef Mario Batali presents the finest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, served with Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and more. The wine list represents one of the most intelligent collections in the city as well!

2. Carbone

181 Thompson Street
Greenwich Village

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Carbone is the creation of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, standing as the present-day essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century New York. The chefs take fan favorite dishes like seafood salad, linguini vongolo, lobster fra diavola, chicken scarpariello and veal parmesan to the next level of flavor and taste. Stop by and sample the menu for yourself!

3. Pasquale Jones

187 Mulberry Street

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This small, wood-fired restaurant stands in the heart of Little Italy, beckoning all inside with its hallmark colorful sign. Hospitality is infused into the restaurant’s ethos, and evident from the minute you sit down. Be sure to sample the grilled octopus, burrata pizza and artichoke!

4. Lilia

567 Union Avenue

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Lilia strives to bring the best of Italy to Williamsburg, offering wood-fired seafood, handcrafted pastas, classic Italian cocktails and warm hospitality all wrapped up in one stellar dining experience. Be sure to taste the housemade mozzarella, grilled eggplant and sheeps milk cheese filled agnolotti – we promise you’ll finish!

5. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

53 Great Jones Street

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The Alimentari & Vineria branch stems from the original il Buco on Bond Street, specializing in house-cured meats and home baked breads. The Italian aesthetic is solidified by handpicked pieces selected by art gallerist David Zwirner, Antonello and Lorenzo Radi, Ian McPheely and Christian Garnett. Sample some of the tastiest Italian meals in the city underneath the gorgeous whimsical chandelier, or atop the upstairs roof garden!