This is good weather to go to the Bronx Zoo which is one of the best in the country. It is too big to walk so take the trolley and monorail over the animals and you still will not see it all with out a strenuous day. There are events this weekend. See animal feeding times and some tickets are 10% off on line. On Wednesday, General Admission is by pay-what-you-wish donation. There is a college discount but it is not specified the amount. Print the map before you go. Animal exhibits (photos) https://bronxzoo.com/exhibits. Frequent questions https://bronxzoo.com/visitor-info/faqs.
All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Saturday, Oct. 8: Lillian Schwartz: Pioneer of Computer Art, 11 am-6 pm every Sat. until October 30, 94 Allen St., Manhattan, http://www.villagevoice.com/event/lillian-schwartz-pioneer-of-computer-art-9184603. Raptor Fest, 12-3 pm, live demonstrations, a raptor viewing area, and education/activity tables, static animal displays. There will be at least a dozen different of birds on display, including falcons, hawks, and owls at Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Cardio Fiesta, 11 am-2 pm, cardio fitness workouts in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, 45-minute sessions of Zumba, Step Zumba, and Samba, at Gertrude Ederle Playground, between 59th Street and 60th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and West End Avenue, Manhattan. Architects in Permanent Residence is a walking tour of 19th-century architectural wonders inside Green-Wood Cemetery, 1 pm, $20, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street. Nature and Joy, 5-7:30 pm, explore the new rooftop garden and enjoy light refreshments before hearing environmental journalist Michael McCarthy discuss our bond with nature, Kingsland Wildflower Roof and Community Space, 520 Kingsland Ave.
Saturday/Sunday: Fall Festivals in the parks https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/fall-festivals. BWAC Fall Art Show, 1-6 pm till Sunday, Oct. 16. This autumn, the BWAC galleries showcase four exhibitions: “Brooklyn is….,” a narrative show of some 200 artists; “Art in Clay 4,” exhibiting the power of clay to say almost anything; the “really Affordable Art Show,” a juried show and “Grand Installations,” – very different yet all dramatic installations interspersed throughout the galleries at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 499 Van Brunt St., near Reed Street. “unSeen Green” art installation, 8 am-6 pm, daily till Oct. 20. Aaron Asis transforms Green-Wood’s Chapel with hundreds of crisscrossing fuchsia ropes that juxtapose the seen and unseen at the historic landmark at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street. Boo at the Bronx Zoo, five weekends in October of pumpkin carving, a costume parade, live music, magic shows, Hands-on Crafts, a Hay Maze and treat stations throughout the park, 10 am to 5 pm, 2300 Southern Blvd. at Boston Road, Bronx, free with general admission ($33.95; $23.95; $28.95). Halloween Harvest including a petting zoo, pony rides, best pumpkin patch, magicians, face painting, arts and crafts running through October 30th, Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave. at West. 12th Street, Saturdays, noon to 11 pm, Sundays, noon to 8 pm. Park entry is free; Rides are extra. Get Kinetic! Inspired by Rube Goldberg devices, they’ll assemble teams to plan and construct wacky, winding machines of miraculous motion, 1:30 to 2:15 pm, New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place at Schermerhorn Street, for all ages, free with museum admission. Dirty Work at the Wax Works, Fridays, 8 pm, Saturdays, 8 pm and 10 pm, Sundays, 6 pm until Monday, Oct. 31, $15. A Halloween extravaganza is a demented story told by a night watchman at Coney Island’s infamous Presidential Wax Works during the 1970s. With excessive swearing and graphic violence, Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave. between W. 12th Street and Stillwell Avenue. Films in the parks https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/film.
Sunday, Oct. 9: Oktoberfest at Aviator Sports and Events Center, 12-4 pm, $40 ($30 in advance), (718) 758–7500, Harvey@aviatorsports.com. German beer garden like with music, soft pretzels, bratwurst, and a stein-hoisting competition, 3159 Flatbush Ave. in Floyd Bennett Field past Kings Plaza near Toy-R-US. Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest at Luna Park, 12pm-5pm, adogable costumes in Luna Park in Coney Island. Fall Harvest Festival as local artists and crafters with their wares, raffles, native plant sale, pumpkin patch, music, animal rescue, craft fair, country music and the Canine Costume contest, 12-5 pm. Registration is over. Narrows Botanical Garden, Shore Road at 71st Street, free (costume contest entry $20). Build a Sukkah and BBQ, 12:30 pm, call for pricing (718) 836–3103, Bay Ridge Jewish Center, 8025 Fourth Ave. between 80th and 81st Streets. IT’S OKAY is a pop up fundraising event in collaboration with Depressed Cake Shop, a grassroots organization that has raised over $70,000 for mental health charities around the world. They will be selling tasty baked goods and one-of-a-kind art donated by local artists and bakers in order to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide a platform for discussion and community. All proceeds generated by this event will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. There will be live music and video projections inspired by those who struggle with mental illness, as well as information about mental health issues provided by NAMI. One in four people will suffer from mental health issues at some point in their lives. Everyone is affected by them, 3 pm to 7 pm, The Living Gallery BK, 1094 Broadway. https://www.facebook.com/events/132575927201908. New York Comic Con, 10 am, $40+ Jacob Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St. Manhattan. World’s Fair History Tour, 11 am-2 pm, meet at the Unisphere for a free one-hour walking tour of World’s Fair icons. Tours begin at 11 am, noon, and 1 pm. Hear the stories behind the Unisphere, New York State Pavilion, Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo and, the carousel, first-come, first-served. Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Tinkering Lab Open House, 1-5 pm, at Lewis H. Latimer House Museum. Activities including sound and light sensitive robotics, creative sculpture, water painting, electricity circuit and math doodles. In addition, take a peak of the historic home of African-American inventor and Renaissance man Lewis H. Latimer. Schedule: 1 pm-1:30 pm, Introduction, 1:30-2:15 pm, Builder Architect, 2 pm, Optional Tour, 2:15-3:30 pm, Bio Bot Demonstration, 3 pm, Optional Tour, 3:30-5 pm, Art Print-Making, 4 pm, Optional Tour at 34-41 137th St, Flushing, Queens.
Monday, October 10: Columbus Day Holiday; college closed. No classes scheduled. The Library Cafe is probably open. Tuesday and Wednesday, no classes scheduled and the college is open.
Monday, October 10: Falconry Presentation: Skyhunters in Flight, 1-2:30 pm, watch hawks, falcons and owls sharpen their hunting skills during an exciting outdoor flight demonstration with master falconer Brian Bradley. Hear about the ancient sport of falconry and meet live raptors from around the world. This event is free with admission to the grounds, Wave Hill, Bronx. Special Wings over Wave Hill admission pricing: $10 adults, $6 students and seniors 65+, $4 children ages six to 18.