After-Hours Pastel Painting Workshop @ AKC Museum of the Dog: Led by award-winning artist Karen Miura and her dog, Lucy,the artistic experience will include a chance to browse AKC’s collection and a step-by-step demonstration with Karen on pastel painting dogs — bring a photo of your pet, or use Lucy. Museum of the Dog, 101 Park Avenue, 13 Sept., 6pm, $35.
New American Festival: A celebration of diversity and immigrant contributions to culture, in the arts, food, film, comedy, fashion special performances, immersive experiences, films, panels, and more. Featuring New York Times best-selling author, Padma Lakshmi, sex therapist, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and award-winning host, comedian, writer, and producer Hasan Minhaj. 14-15 Sept., Various locations, prices.
Feast of San Gennaro: In its 93rd year, the celebration of the patron saint of Naples will fill the streets of Little Italy with carnival games, parades, live music and more food than one could possibly imagine. Little Italy, NoHo, through 22 Sept.
Oktoberfest NYC 2019: Span six weekends, turning downtown's Pier 15 into a lively celebration of authentic German beers, traditional German foods, OktoberFest decorations and fun games for the entire family. Watermark Bar at Pier 15, 78 South Street, through 20 Oct., Free.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Coney Island Cyclone: Millions of people have ridden the historic Coney Island Cyclone wooden roller coaster throughout the past century, but be among the first to step inside the workshop and motor room that have kept it running for over 91 years. Cyclone Roller Coaster, W 10th and Surf Ave, Brooklyn, 14 Sept., 10am, $42.
Boat Trip and Exploration @ Execution Rocks Lighthouse: Off the shores of the "Great Gatsby" coastline of Long Island, sits an unassuming lighthouse filled with stories of fires, shipwrecks, murders, and ghostly encounters — explore the island and uncover its eerie past. Town Dock, 347 Main Street, Port Washington, 14 Sept., 11am, 12:30pm, $105.
See Brooklyn Glass, NYC's Premier Glassblowing and Neon Art Facility: With a 2,100-degree furnace burning 1,300 pounds of molten glass, one facility in Brooklyn pumps out some of the finest glass blowing, neon art, and lampworking in New York City. Brooklyn Glass, 142 13th Street, Brooklyn, 14 Sept., 4:15pm, $32.
C-47 Flight Experience: Flashback: it’s 75 years ago and you’re gearing up to fly out for Operation Overlord, codename for the Battle of Normandy. Now’s your chance to step back in time and take flight in an original WWII C-47 to get a taste of what a 101st Airborne Paratrooper experienced in the infamous 1,200-plane airborne D-Day assault. American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY, 14 Sept., 1pm, $350.
Exploring the Remnants of Five Points, NYC's Notorious 19th-Century Slum: Back in the 19th century, the neighborhood of Five Points was internationally known as one of the world's most notorious slums, described by Charles Dickens as where "poverty, wretchedness, and vice are rife." New York City Civil Court (Outside), 111 Centre Street, 15 Sept., 10:30am, $29.
Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Includes the art, architecture, and secrets hiding in plain sight. Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 15 Sept., 2pm, $29.
Boat Trip and Exploration @ Execution Rocks Lighthouse: Off the shores of the "Great Gatsby" coastline of Long Island, sits an unassuming lighthouse filled with stories of fires, shipwrecks, murders, and ghostly encounters — explore the island and uncover its eerie past. Town Dock, 347 Main Street, Port Washington, 15 Sept., 11am, 12:30pm, $105.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Brooklyn Army Terminal: See the abandoned and repurposed spaces of Brooklyn Army Terminal — originally constructed for WWI in the span of only 17 months. Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, 15 Sept., 2pm, $30.
Exploring Van Cortlandt Park, From Hidden Cemetery to Railroad Remnants: A thousand acres of ridges and valleys, a quiet oak forest teeming with wildlife, 300 hundred years of historic remnants and artifacts...this might seem like a scene from a fictional novel, but it's very much a reality, waiting for you at the end of the 1 train in our northern-most borough. Broadway & 242 St Entrance, Bronx, 15 Sept., 11:30am, $25.
Slate Presents The Gist Comedy Special Live: What’s so funny about comedy, anyway? Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s The Gist, is going to answer that for you. But he won’t be doing it alone! He’ll have actual comedians by his side to discuss the ongoing changes in the business of making people laugh. The Bell House Brooklyn, 16 Sept., 7pm, $20.
Strand presents Benjamin Moser, Sontag: The first biography based on exclusive access to her restricted personal archives and on hundreds of interviews conducted with many people around the world who spoke freely for the first time about Susan Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait of an endlessly complex, dazzling woman. Strand, 828 Broadway, 16 Sept., 6pm, Admission.
Greenlight Bookstore presents James Verini, They Will Have to Die Now: Verini guides readers to the front lines of the biggest urban battle since WWII: the battle to wrest control of Mosul from the Islamic State. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn, 17 September, 7:30pm.
Community Bookstore presents Audience of One: Audience of One is a love story between one man and his medium. Put aside all the other punditry and hand wringing over What Made Trump. The New York Times's James Poniewozik reframes the question so it isn't centered solely on business or politics or populism. To understand President Trump, we need to understand modern television itself. Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, 17 September, 7pm, Free.
NYRB Classics 20th Anniversary Celebration: NYRB Classics is turning twenty! Readings from the new anthology, The Red Thread, include Meg Wolitzer, Amit Chaudhuri, Deborah Eisenberg, Paul Giammati, Jeffrey Eugenides, and more. Murmrr Ballroom, 17 Eastern Parkway, 19 Sept., 7:30pm, Admission.
Books are Magic presents Dan Kois, How to Be a Family w/ Sam Anderson: the fractious, loving Kois family goes in search of other places on the map that might offer them the chance to live away from home, but closer together. Over a year the family lands in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas. Books are Magic, 225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 18 Sept., 7:30pm, Free.
The MOTH StorySlam (Cars): Prepare a five-minute story about the most American way of getting from point A to point B. Tell us about drag-racing on empty neighborhood streets, dropping keys down a sewer, getting away just in the nick of time. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., 19 Sept., 7:30pm, $15.
McSweeney's Issue 57 Launch: McSweeney’s Issue 57 Launch party, featuring readers: Brittany K. Allen, Mona Awad, Katrina Dodson, Nicholas Mancusi, and Mike Sacks. Part of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Books are Magic, 225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 21 Sept., 8pm, Free.
Books Are Magic x Brooklyn Book Festival presents Love & Desire: This panel will focus on forms of desire and the way relationships evolve in their shadow, through the lens of: Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women, Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties and In the Dream House (out November 2019), and Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue. North Stage, Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, 22 Sept., 5pm, Free.