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Around Town: A Whale of a Tale, Vinyl Mania, Pumpkin Kegs and Li-Lac Chocolates Turns 100!
September 27, 2023, 7:32.18 pm ET



A whale of a tale in Midtown. A giant whale is on display in New York City’s Garment District. It’s called Echoes – A Voice from Unchartered Waters by Artist Mathias Gmachl. The 55-foot steel sculpture is sending a message in honor of Climate Week. The exhibition is meant to symbolize the planet’s flora and fauna and the impact of everyday activities on nature. Get too close the whale might call out to you. It can be found at the Broadway Plaza between 38th and 9th Street in Manhattan. [Video here]

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Vinyl lovers rejoice! The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is back for a 12th straight year on Saturday, September 30th at Marsha P. Johnson State Park (right alongside Smorgasburg) from 11am to 6pm. More than 40 vendors will be putting their vinyl treasures on display, including new and used records, cassettes and other music-related items.

Photo: Loreley Beer Garden

Pumpkin Kegs are back at Loreley Beer Garden starting this Friday 9/29. Yes, these are actual pumpkins filled with 60 or 120 ounces of Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale ($75 and $110 respectively) and getting it out is half the (Instagrammable) fun! With Oktoberfest still in full swing, Loreley is also serving up steins of German beer, sausage platters and new seasonal cocktails. The pumpkin kegs will be available until early November.

Last chance for the Mushroom Blue Burger at 5 Napkin Burger. The classic patty topped with an “exotic” mushroom blend and creamy Danish blue cheese will end its month-long appearance on September 30th.

Photo: PJ Bernstein

With football season in full swing, PJ Bernsteins is serving up its famous sandwich platters for those looking to do some tailgating or watching the Jets and Giants in action on their home turf. The platters come with 10 or 20 jumbo sandwiches stuffed with Turkey, Pastrami, Corned Beef, or Roast Beef along with 5 – 7 pounds of a side salad of your choice.

Li-Lac Chocolates is marking its 100th birthday. Founder George Demetrious, a Greek immigrant, opened the original Li-Lac Chocolates location on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village in 1923 and over the last 100 years, the brand has become a New York icon.

To mark the occasion there will be special in-store promotions, including a Vintage Recipe Gift Box valued at $100, to be sold for $19.23 for the first 300 customers at the following locations: Hudson Yards on Saturday, Sept 30th (10am-8pm); Chelsea Market on Saturday, Oct 7th (10am-9pm); Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, Oct 11th (8am-8pm); Industry City on Friday, Oct 13th (10am-5:30pm); and a VIP Event at the Greenwich Village location on Saturday, Oct 21st (11am – 5pm). For more information, visit

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Until next time, we’ll be seeing you Around Town!