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12 Things to Do in Your Manhattan Neighborhood This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | September 17, 2015 5:17pm | Updated on September 18, 2015 8:43am

 The German-American Steuben Parade kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The German-American Steuben Parade kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.
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These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Lisha Arino, Gustavo Solis, Emily Frost, Danielle Tcholakian, Irene Plagianos and Shaye Weaver.

All Weekend

Jefferson Market Garden Photographers Give Back to Their Muse

Where: Jefferson Market Garden at Sixth Avenue and Greenwich Street in Greenwich Village
When: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Photographers who take pictures of this green oasis on bustling Sixth Avenue are displaying their work for sale on the garden’s lawn. Visitors can stroll and shop and meet the photographers, and a percentage of proceeds from any art sales go to the garden.

Chelsea Market Celebrates Fashion Week

Where: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., Chelsea
When: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Chelsea Market is celebrating fashion week with apparel, jewelry, accessories and art from 25 independent New York City designers.

Check Out the Intersection of Art and Science at “Labscapes”

Where: JCC Manhattan's Laurie M. Tisch gallery, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St., Upper West Side
When: Saturday and Sunday, 7 am–9:30 pm

This exhibit showcases 28 photos, captured by scientists at Israel’s Technion University, that will stun the viewer. The photos look like stunning nature shots and abstract paintings but are actually images captured by looking through powerful microscopes. Art lovers and science buffs alike will enjoy this small and free exhibit at the JCC.   


Un/Fair Use Art Exhibition

Where: The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village
When: Opening night reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., exhibit runs through Jan. 2, 2016

The first exhibition showcased in the newly-renovated Center for Architecture, Un/Fair Use displays groups of building models to show how copyright law affects and is applied to innovation in architecture, a field known for its embrace of appropriation and intentional nods at design precedents. For architecture nerds, law geeks, and anyone curious about how the urban landscape of New York City can and can’t change in today’s much-discussed development boom.


German-American Steuben Parade

Where: Fifth Avenue, from East 67th to 86th streets, Upper East Side
When: noon to 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate German culture on Saturday as this parade celebrates its 58th consecutive year. See 30 floats and 300 groups from around the world, many wearing lederhosen. Grab a bite to eat and a German beer to swig afterwards at Central Park’s SummerStage for the beginning of Oktoberfest.

Goodwill Silent Auction in Honor of Fashion Week

Where: Goodwill 103 W. 25th St., Chelsea
When: Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To close up Fashion Week, Goodwill is hosting a silent auction at its Chelsea location. Starting bids range from $20 to $250 and bidding goes until 4:00 p.m. Ten items are being auctioned off including a silk Prada floral dress and vintage Dior pumps. You have to be at the store to be declared a winner.

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival

Where: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., Little Italy
When: Noon to 4 p.m.

Families can celebrate and learn more about the Chinese harvest festival while participating in various activities, including arts and crafts projects, story times and traditional moon cake tastings. Tickets are $10 per person with reduced or free rates for museum members, children less than 2 years old and Cool Culture families. Space is limited.

Peephole Dioramas at the East 9th Street Community Garden

Where: Avenue C between East Ninth and East Tenth streets
When: 24/7 until Nov. 2

The whimsical landscapes and pop-up characters of J. Kathleen White’s peephole dioramas are back at the 9th Street Community Garden. The theme of this year’s dioramas is “Vital Niches,” which includes scenes of a “Jurassic Pond” and a “Gobi Circus.” The pieces are viewable everyday at all hours until Nov. 2, although flashlights are recommended if checking out the scenes at night.


Bubble Do Beatles “All You Need Is Love”

Where: Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. in NoHo
When: 11 a.m.

This popular local Beatles cover band for kids is putting on a free show at the newly-opened Sheen Center, putting the new neighborhood cultural hotspot in the ranks of big-league venues that have hosted them in the past, including Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, BB Kings, BAM, and the South Street Seaport. The five-man Fab Four tribute group will play Beatles songs about love and hope. The show is free, but online reservations are required.

92nd Street Y’s Annual Street Festival

Where: Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, Upper East Side
When: noon to 5 p.m.

The 92nd Street Y will host an afternoon of performances from Broadway cast members of “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Chicago,” and “Something’s Rotten,” and other musical and dance groups on its main stage beginning at noon. Mount Sinai will offer community health services and kids can play along “KidCentral Avenue.” Don’t forget to raffle for tickets to talks, readings, concerts and classes.

Lower East Side Walking Tour: After Anatevka

Where: Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St., Lower East Side
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Inspired by Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Museum at Eldridge Street will host a “musical walking tour” of the Lower East Side, showing participants how newly-arrived Jewish immigrants like Tevye – who leaves his Eastern European village for America at the end of the play – lived and worked in the neighborhood. Violist Nikki Federman will accompany the tour, which starts at the museum.

African American Day Parade

Where: Begins at 111th Street and Seventh Avenue. Ends at 136th Street and Lenox Avenue, Harlem
When: 1 p.m.

The 46th annual parade will include dozens of congregations, civil rights activists and marching bands from 12 states. Every year the parade highlights African American history and achievements. Grand Marshalls have included Mayor David Dinkins, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Spike Lee, and Denzel Washington.