47 Reasons Why Fall in NYC Is the Best Ever
Layers, hot chocolate and dogs in sweaters? Yes, please.
The weather’s getting cooler, and you know what that means: It’s finally time to pull those Chelsea boots and cable-knit scarves out from under the bed. (Come on, none of us has enough closet space for that stuff.)
It’s an undeniable fact that autumn in the city is the absolute best, and we’ve got proof. Here are 47 reasons we’ve fallen in love with fall in New York City.
1. Fall clothing is the best (oh hey, layers), and the streets of NYC transform into an amazing autumn fashion show.
2. The New Yorker Festival. Chat it up with Julianna Margulies, Jason Segel, Toni Morrison and Ilana and Abbi all in the same weekend.
3. NYC’s solution to cold hands: a Levain Bakery chocolate-chip cookie right out of the oven.
4. You can get all of your holiday shopping done early at the Big Flea (September 26 and 27 at Pier 94).
5. NYC has the best pies year-round, but it’s only on October 7 that you can eat $1 slices from more than 50 NYC pizzerias for a good cause at Slice Out Hunger.
6. Dogs in sweaters. All the dogs in sweaters.
7. Dine at Park Avenue, the seasonal Flatiron restaurant that transforms every few months like a delicious butterfly. We recommend the Autumn Haystack, a confetti of butternut squash, beets, apples, pomegranate seeds and buttermilk-brined shrimp.
8. It’s finally time to troll the Union Square Greenmarket for decorative gourds! (Don’t judge us.)
9. Every Tuesday in October you can survey the stars on the High Line with telescopes provided by the Amateur Astronomers Association.
10. Last-minute weekend getaway: Drive up to Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley, gaze at the gorgeous fall foliage and pretend you live in every single one of the charming farmhouses.
11. …Or you could just stay local and see the leaves change in Central Park (obviously), the New York Botanical Garden (above), Prospect Park, Wave Hill, Fort Greene Park and Alley Pond Park.
12. Summer’s over, but you can still chill outside by the water all season long--check out Watermark Bar’s Oktoberfest celebration from September 18 through October 2 at Pier 15.
13. ...Not to be outdone by Oystoberfest on September 26 at Ellington in the Park, featuring all-you-can-eat Blue Points and stout.
14. Fall means a ton of new art exhibits to see, including José Parlá’s Surface Body / Action Space and Pixar: The Design of Story at Cooper Hewitt.
15. Check out 32 contemporary dance, music, opera and theater performances at BAM’s Next Wave Festival beginning September 24.
16. Cider Week! Enjoy cider-centric dinners and tastings all over the city from November 6 through 15.
17. At the New York Film Festival, you’ll get to see buzzed-about movies The Walk, Steve Jobs and Miles from Home before the rest of the world. (P.S. A little movie called Birdman was in the festival last year.)
19. Count Hillarys, Biebers and Beyoncés at the Village Halloween parade.
20. …But really, it’s all about the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, where last year we were treated to this pup-sized replica of the Titanic.
21. Catch a whole batch of new Broadway shows and revivals, including Old Times with Clive Owen, The Gin Game starring James Earl Jones, Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening, Misery with Bruce Willis, China Doll starring Al Pacino and Thérèse Raquin with Keira Knightley.
22. Um, let’s not forget the off-Broadway shows--hello, Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed and Michael C. Hall in Lazarus (a new musical by David Bowie).
23. Eat your weight in cannoli at the 89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, going on now through September 21. (Trust us, it’s possible.)
24. It’s time to cozy up to the bar at The Gander and sip spiked hot chocolate (with a homemade sage-infused marshmallow).
25. Stop by the annual Atlantic Antic festival in Brooklyn on September 27, featuring more than 500 craft and food vendors and ten stages with live music.
26. Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Trevor Noah and Kumail Nanjiani will be cracking us up live at the New York Comedy Festival.
27. Thanks to Open House New York, you can tour spots in NYC you’d never ordinarily get to (like Google headquarters in Chelsea and City Hall) on October 17 and 18.
28. ?Tis nearly the season for white truffles, so get thee to Otto.
29. Take a day trip to Long Island Wine Country to sample crisp seasonal wines.
30. Who needs a haunted house when New Yorkers have the Merchant?s House Museum? This 1800s townhouse is said to have the ghost of its final resident, Gertrude Tredwell, still present inside.
31. Soak up every last second of good weather--sail the Hudson and perfect your downward dog on The Spirit of New York?s yoga cruise September 26.
32. Nothing says fall like the sangría de manzana at Spanish hot spot Boqueria, made with wine, Basque cider, apple juice, honey, vanilla and whiskey-apple puree.
33. Indulge in comfort food like the chicken duo with roasted breast and leg confit at poultry-centric restaurant Tastings Social Presents Mountain Bird.
34. Did someone say wine samples? Get a taste at the Beer and Spirits of New York Pop-Up at the Greenmarket from September 21 through November 21 both in Union Square and Grand Army Plaza.
36. Spend a chilly night learning to make fresh mozzarella at Brooklyn Kitchen (and you get to bring home and devour your handiwork).
37. Sure, you could make pumpkin pie with your old jack-o?-lantern, or you could smash it at Clement Clarke Moore Park on November 1 and donate it for compost.
38. You won’t be wearing a bathing suit for a while, so you can officially eat Root & Bone’s macaroni and cheese every week for the rest of the year.
39. Get your yarn on with classes at Knitty City and finally learn how to make your own hats.
40. PSA: It’s still warm enough to wait outside for a MiniMe spicy-fried-chicken sandwich from David Chang’s revelatory new joint Fuku, so do it now.
41. …And when the weather finally gets too chilly to dine outside, pop into UrbanSpace’s first permanent indoor marketplace, Vanderbilt, for tons of delicious eats.
42. Watch midnight screenings of Pet Sematary and Halloween while sampling themed cocktails and a full menu at indie cinema Nitehawk in Williamsburg.
43. Time to give your favorite outdoor dining spots a final whirl. See you next year, lobster under the stars.
44. If you’re feeling brave, go on a haunted lantern tour led by park rangers at Fort Totten Park’s historic Water Battery in Queens on October 23.
46. Instead of braving the crowds at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, check out the way more awesome balloon inflation the night before at the American Museum of Natural History.
47. Whenever you want to star in your own romantic comedy, just slap on a hat, grab a hot cocoa from Bibble & Sip and crunch leaves in Central Park. Voilà--instant Meg Ryan.