30 Things That Prove Fall in NYC Is the Best
There’s way more to fall than a new TV season and readily available Halloween candy. Especially in New York, when the city comes alive with incredible eats, cultural events and picture-perfect scenery. Consider this your autumnal agenda.
1. Soak up the wit and wisdom of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anthony Bourdain, Ava DuVernay (pictured) and many others at the New Yorker Festival, October 6 to 8.
2. Head to the Queens County Farm Museum for maximum autumn vibes, like a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and mulled cider.
3. We’re kind of ridiculously excited for this season’s Broadway lineup, which includes the award-winning, uplifting musical The Band’s Visit, Bruce Springsteen’s solo show and Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower—starring a fresh new face by the name of Amy Schumer.
4. Summer may be over, but the outdoor market season isn’t: Fill up on alfresco eats at Urbanspace Garment District before it closes on October 27.
5. Take a twilight tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. (Don’t worry: It’s not so much spooky as it is peaceful and educational.)
6. But if you are in the mood to be creeped out, head to Nitehawk Cinema’s annual scary-movie marathon, A Nite to Dismember.
7. Not every day can be perfectly sunny and crisp. Wait out those rainy spells with a hot toddy at the Marlton Hotel.
8. While you’re there, why not dive into a big, hefty book on NYC history?
9. Wrap up in your biggest scarf and bask in the Technicolor foliage at Wave Hill.
10. It’s finally cool enough to wear those fall trends (hi, pretty Lands’ End camel peacoat) we’ve been lusting after for the past three months. Oh, and don’t forget about those suede booties and slouchy sweaters.
11. Take a day trip upstate to go apple picking...or sip those apples in a boozier form during Cider Week, October 20 to 29.
13. Hang out with our dream BFFs Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson at the New York Comedy Festival (November 7 to 12), along with a ton of other funny folks like Nick Offerman, Iliza Shlesinger and the bad-movie aficionados of “How Did This Get Made?”
14. You know what else is great on a cold day? Soup dumplings. Like the ones from Pinch Chinese, a Chinese comfort-food spot helmed by a veteran chef of international dumpling empire Din Tai Fung.
16. Then watch the less cute but nonetheless entertaining human version, aka the 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade.
17. Gawk at some of the city’s most gorgeous architectural sites during Open House New York Weekend, October 14 and 15.
18. Catch cutting-edge dance, theater, opera, music and performance art at BAM’s Next Wave Festival.
19. Watch comedians perform sets as their favorite comedy legends at the 10th Annual Schtick or Treat.
21. Or, closer to home, hop the ferry to Governors Island for the first-ever Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns.
22. Grab a Sharpie and whip up your best inspirational and/or giggle-inducing sign for the New York City Marathon, November 5. (Or just plan your brunch reservation accordingly.)
23. Get thee to your local Greenmarket, stat: Right now it’s a veritable cornucopia of local produce, including leafy greens, grapes, brussels sprouts, squash and dozens of varieties of apples. Since you’ll be walking around all day, stick with comfortable basics, like this Lands’ End slouchy sweater and these slim two-toned jeans.
24. Catch the most exciting new flicks on tap at the New York Film Festival through October 15, like the coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird (written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan) and Richard Linklater’s bittersweet tale of Vietnam vets, Last Flag Flying (starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne).
25. We may have reached PSL fatigue, but we’ll make an exception for La Colombe’s new Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte: It’s actually made with recognizable ingredients (including real pureed pumpkin) and isn’t a total sugar bomb.
26. You have a month and a half to befriend someone who lives along the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route. (Or just scrap it and watch the balloon inflation the night before, outside the American Museum of Natural History.)
27. Questioning your decision to host Thanksgiving this year? Bone up on your kitchen skills at Brooklyn’s gorgeous new culinary center, Cook Space.
28. But hey, there’s no shame in outsourcing the pie to one of the city’s best bakeries.
29. Before it gets too chilly, spend a weekend exploring the North Fork in all its vineyard-and-oyster-filled glory.
30. Or just grab a friend and kick back with a bottle of wine in the living room of your dreams, aka the stylish all-day spot Fairfax.