By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Heading to New York City? Here are 10 things to check out

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Enjoy a weekend in NYC.


    From not wanting to let Halloween go, to welcoming the holidays a little early, this week has something for everyone. Zombies, wine, comedy, festivals and shopping, it’s all happening this week in NYC.

    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie: Presented by Room Escape Adventures, for the month of November, you have the chance to extend the Halloween spirit. Riddles, clues and zombies all stand in the way of your escape.

    Astor Center Red Wine Tasting: Some people drink white and rose in summer while saving red wines for the chilly months of fall and winter. If this is your style, or you’re just a wine lover, this red wine tasting is for you.

    BAM Next Wave Festival 2015: Staring back in September, this festival runs until November. Choose from cutting edge theatre, music and dance performances at the historical Brooklyn Academy of Music.

    Big Apple Film Festival: It does kind of feel like no matter when you visit NYC, there is probably some type of film festival going on. The 12th Annual Big Apple Film Festival, has recently been named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

    Comic Arts Brooklyn 2015: For comic and a cartoon lovers, check out this free annual event featuring book sales, signings, talks, interviews and live special guests.

    Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: November 5-8th, this festival showcases emerging acts as well as underground talent. Boasting three days of incomparable musical performances, this festival also takes pride in blurring gender lines and the status quo. There’s also workshops and panels to discuss the current state of the electronic music industry.

    International Pop Overthrow Festival: It’s mostly what it sounds like- overthrowing pop music in Brooklyn. For its 15th year, this festival brings you over 40 of the best musical performances.

    Bowery Ballroom Presents: While in town, you should catch a live performance at the noteworthy Bowery Ballroom. Catch Craig Finn on Friday or Sister Sparrows & The Dirty Birds on Saturday.

    Comedy at the Knitting Factory: Sundays at the Kitting Factory are switching up from music to comedy. Created by Hannibal Buress and hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest, weekly guests rotate and do not disappoint.

    The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park: I know what many of you are thinking- Halloween just ended! It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet! However, those holidays do creep up on you and if you end up getting your last minute gifts at the local Walgreens every year, you might want to check this out while you’re in town. Also, there’s ice-skating, food, drinks and more.

    Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at

    By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

    For Weekender

    Enjoy a weekend in NYC. a weekend in NYC.

    Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at