Fall is a pretty exciting time to be in New York, and I am not just talking about the stunning views that one gets of Central Park. For a person who is not used to the idea of fall, the sheer vibrancy of the trees and plants are enough to knock the breath out of you and leave you standing with your jaw dropping all the way to the ground. Dazzling!
Anyway, coming back to the main point, I mentioned fall is one time the cultural roots of the city seem to pulsate with life. This year, from those who are culturally inclined to those who are musically inspired, there are a whole lot of events to cater to a varied audience.
To begin with, you could check out the highly hyped exhibition “Japan Fashion Now” which will be hosted at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the “Nueva York” at El Museo del Barrio. The former looks at the evolution of Japanese fashion industry in the recent years while the latter looks at the “role that Latinos and Spanish-speaking countries have played across four centuries to help shape New York into the most culturally vibrant city in the world.”
In addition, there’s the extremely vibrant & psychedelic West Indian–American Day Carnival that will last from September 2 to September 6. A celebration hosted by the Caribbean residents of New York, it’s a great place to be if you enjoy reggae and calypso music and wish to taste some amazingly cooked ethnic delicacies that can seduce your taste buds from a distance.
Of course, the highlight of the carnival is the elaborate costumes worn by the dancers and revelers as they sashay gracefully to the tunes of the music with a jig here and a jive there!
And finally, why lose out on the opportunity of buying unique crafts, books, art, clothing, and jewelry offered by enterprising vendors located at vantage points along the route of the parade? For more information on the events of the carnival, visit this link: http://bit.vc/tm.
An event I am personally most excited about is the New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival from September 1 – September 6. Who can ignore the evocative moves of Salsa dancers or ignore the sensuous mood created by them?
This festival has something for everybody, from workshops that help you polish your humble skills at Salsa to concerts that allow you to showcase your newly acquired talent. And, the best part is the artist showcases where masters of this dance form will perform scintillating numbers leaving you wondering when you will ever be able to move like them.