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Autumn is my favorite time of the year and Autumn in New York – is my favorite state of mind. When the summer heat is gone and Central Park is full of colors: orange is everywhere. And here they come, these cozy nights in curled up by a warm fire, hot chocolate on the way to work, and dream-like weather … both nostalgic and romantic!

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Autumn in New York: It´s all about the details

Colors and smells

Seriously, how not to love autumn?!

It blinds you with colors and smells while giving you this bitter-sweet feeling of gone summer mixed with new plans for the upcoming year. It is time to pause and start again. Warm drinks and seasonal smells feel deliciously intoxicating. The changing trees look like rainbows and leaves are crackling underfoot.

New Beginnings…

But above all, autumn is a time for new beginnings, new stories, and new hopes. In New York, there are always more potential beginnings, and both the stories and the hopes have a larger scale. This is probably the reason why autumn in New York brings to your heart this unique nostalgic feeling.

Not as hot as summer, not as cold as winter – just a perfect mix of warm days and chilly nights. Therefore, there is nothing like a walk in Central Park with the purple-blue sky and the soft breeze of a fall afternoon.

I love experiencing the seasons changing in the city of New York. But I´d say winter NYC and autumn in New York are two of my all-time favorites.

Central Park in the fall season
Central Park – Autumn in New York
Autumn in New York
Autumn trees in NYC
Breakfast at Gansevoort Market
Breakfast at Gansevoort Market
Autumn sky, NYC
Autumn Sky of NYC
 Autumn in New York
Queens, New York
Queens
Fall leaves in Central Park, Manhattan, NYC
The fall foliage in New York
 Autumn in New York
Central Park North

Tops things to do in New York in Autumn:

  • start with Central Park, make a stop at Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle, The Mall, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park Zoo, Bethesda Terrace, Conservatory Garden, Gapstow Bridge
  • check the High Line Park (a modern park, elevated above the city on a former rail line) you can also spot here one of the most beautiful sunsets around the world along the Hudson River
  • check some of the local festivals – Atlantic Antic Street Festival and New York Fashion Week in September, New York Film Festival, Coffee Festival and Oktoberfest in October, New York Comedy Festival in November
  • visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • take the Ferry to Governors Island and enjoy the slower pace of life, as well as some amazing Manhattan skyline views
  • depending on your visit date you can also check the big events like New York City Marathon, the Halloween parade in lower Manhattan, or The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Also read: Christmas in New York

Top things to feel about Autumn in New York:

  • have a picnic in one of the NY parks and collect some fall leaves with your kids
  • take a sip of Pumpkin Spiced Latte or Pumpkin Beer brewed at some of New York’s microbreweries
  • if visiting in September, you can rent a bike or enjoy a gondola ride (you’d need to book in advance at The Loeb Boathouse)
  • eat at one of the local Farmers’ markets, fall is the harvest season and the best time for foodies
  • nature lovers could escape the city buzz for a while to enjoy one of the Hudson Valley hikes
  • be the first one to hit Ice Skating Rinks in Central Park and Rockefeller Center (open since late October)
  • go apple picking at one of the farms near New York

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