Scorsese, De Niro, Streep, Hanks, Almodóvar — fall is coming

By Ken Chanko

With the arrival of the Labor Day Weekend, superhero sequels and other big-budget formula fare recede on Hollywood’s release schedules, replaced by tempting scatterings of Oscar bait.

If you look at the Oscar nominees for Best Picture last year — or pretty much any year over recent decades — you’ll see that almost all the nominated films had release dates within the final four months of the calendar year.

This year looks to be no different. Most Oscar prognosticators believe that only one film released so far this year — Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” — has a real shot to be among the eight to ten Best Picture nominees.

Here’s my personal list of the ten films due out soon after Labor Day through the end of the year that I most want to see, based on the talent involved, word-of-mouth from film industry folks with whom I’m still in touch, and my own idiosyncratic gut instincts. Odds are half of these ten will be getting Academy Award attention when nominations are announced early next year.

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Harvest in the Square raises $367G for park

A seating area alongside the tent (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Supporters of Union Square Park and devout foodies from around the city gathered at Harvest in the Square, the Union Square Partnership’s annual food festival and fundraiser that this year raised $367,000.

The event, held under a tent in the park on September 14, offered guests tastings from 50 restaurants in the area. The event featured neighborhood newcomers such as Nur, Bowery Road, Daily Provisions, Fusco, Ando and others, in addition to mainstays like Aleo, Blue Smoke, Union Square Café, Blue Water Grill & Metropolis and more.

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Families celebrate Halloween in Stuy Town

Five-year-old Julianne, 5-year-old Nathan and 6-year-old Aiden as Ghostbusters (Photos by Maya Rader)

By Maya Rader

On Saturday, October 29, hundreds of residents of Stuyvesant Town celebrated Halloween at the annual party for kids on the Oval. Activities included a haunted house, two bounce houses, face-painting, a bean toss and an obstacle course. Kids could also pick out their own pumpkin to decorate from a pumpkin patch on the lawn, or participate in other arts and crafts. Live entertainment included a band and a musician. Near the end of the event, a costume contest was held.

Doreen Straka, a parent who has been going to the event for five years, said, “It gets bigger and bigger every year.” Straka said her favorite activity is the pumpkin patch, and her daughter’s is the bouncy house.

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