The autumnal equinox occurred on September 22nd. The name “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length.
NEW YORK CITY DMC – In New York City, with all things being “equal”, it somewhat divides our social year in two. With sweaters and skirts moved to the front of the closet, New Yorkers are in high gear with weekend homes closed, kids back in school, and all back to work at full tilt. It’s the time for new restaurants popping up, Broadway shows premiering and the cultural institutions celebrating opening nights. Enjoy our Briggs Autumnal Equinox forecast of the hottest two openings in each category.
The old New York Helmsley Hotel has been entirely revitalized and is now the very elegant Westin Grand Central on 42nd Street. Nestled between the Chrysler Building and the UN, the hotel with 774 rooms, is a perfect choice for an incentive on the East Side. The legendary Waldorf=Astoria Hotel recently opened up its completely re-designed Park Avenue lobby, bringing it back to its Art Deco splendor. This historic hotel now has the grand entrance it always deserved.
JW Marriott (Essex House)
Whyte Hotel (Brooklyn)
Two “new” arenas are battling it out to attract sports fans and book top star concerts. In one corner, the world famous Madison Square Garden, home to the NY Knicks, has been closed for part of this year for a dynamic renovation with state of the art seating and lighting. Over in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Barclay Center is poised to open this month with the Brooklyn Nets as their home team. Off court, the Barclay Center has booked Barbra Streisand and Jay-Z vying against MSG’s Justin Bieber and Madonna.
Capitol Theatre in Port Chester
Center of Contemporary Opera
The big news on the Rialto is the box office standoff between two little girls: Annie and Matilda. These two musicals have superficial similarities. Both feature little girls of unusual resourcefulness and determination, pitted against a demented institutional authority figure. Annie, the famous cartoon heroine with her little dog Sandy, is pitted against the comical villainess, Miss Hannigan, and overcomes adversity with song and a smile. Matilda is based on the famous children’s novel by Roald Dahl so of course it’s a darker musical. Matilda, a misunderstood, oppressed little British girl uses her telekinetic powers to battle the cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Both are sure to be boffo.
A Christmas Story
Porgy and Bess
The Best Man
The most anticipated upscale restaurant opening this fall is more of a re-invention. Eleven Madison Park is not resting on its NY Times four star laurels. They have revamped their entire menu and it now features a prix fix of $195 per person. The evening is designed as a four hour theatrical dining experience tied into the history of New York City and its foods. Retro Restaurateurs, Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone (Torrisi Italian Specialties and Parm), continue their campaign to reinvigorate stale Italian-American staples at their third venture, Carbone. It will harken back to the red-sauce restaurants of midcentury New York with table food preparations. Branching out beyond Nolita, they’ve taken over the historic Rocco Restaurant space, a Greenwich Village staple since 1922.
Guy’s American Kitchen
Prime Steak House