How to Enjoy New York City This Fall

Central Park in New York during autumn

New York City is a fabulous destination any time of the year, but fall might arguably be the best time to visit. It’s not as crowded as summertime or during the holiday season. Better yet,  the weather is not too hot and not too cold, but rather that great mix of warm sunshine during the day and boot and light jacket-weather at night. For those considering an autumn adventure to the Big Apple, check out our top five ways you can enjoy NYC this fall.

1. Leafing Adventures in the NYC Parks

Though New York City is a large metropolis filled with high rises, their parks systems are quite impressive. Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy the beautiful reds and golds of the city trees in one of the many parks. Central Park is by far the most popular park to have a fall foliage adventure, but consider some of New York City’s other parks, too. The High Line is an elevated, old New York City railroad line-turned-park on the western side of Manhattan that’s  a 1.45 mile-long strip filled with trees and gardens. The Brooklyn Bridge Park is another popular park on the Brooklyn side of the bridge with great Manhattan views and a fabulous number of trees that turn gorgeous fall colors.

2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese and Candy Corn Bagels

Bagels are a New York City food favorite. This fall, be sure to enjoy the bagel craze in a fun fall-inspired way. Head to Brooklyn to The Bagel Store, which went viral for creating the original rainbow bagel. This fall, The Bagel Store has quite a few fall-themed bagels, such as Candy Corn bagels with pumpkin cream cheese. We also love that The Bagel Store is showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October with pink and white bagels.

3. Food Fun at Chelsea Market 

If the weather is a bit too cold for your liking, make your way to Chelsea Market, a trendy food hall and shopping mall in the Chelsea neighborhood. The Chelsea Market is home to a cool arts and crafts vendors section, boutique stores that sell everything from clothes to books, and a food hall with a variety of restaurants. You could spend hours here exploring the locally-made products in the boutiques to sampling a bit of this and that at many of the restaurants. For instance, warm up with soup at Hale and Hearty Soups. Li-Lack Chocolates is a perfect place to grab a Halloween or Dia de Los Muertos-themed chocolate candy. And before you leave, grab a Nutella hot chocolate from Bar Suzette to ward off the NYC cold!

4. Cold-weather Sample Sales

Sample sales aren’t just a thing of Sex and The City episodes — they are a real and fun experience in New York City. Sample sales allow for shoppers to shop upscale brands for a fraction of the cost! As the weather changes, many sample sales are occurring throughout New York City and include fall or winter wear fashion steals and deals for both men and women. Click here for a complete list of sample sales in New York City this fall!

5. Fall Festival and Event Fun

Fall festivals and events in New York City are plentiful. Coney Island is home to the Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, a family-friendly fall event with a pumpkin patch that will be held until the end of October. Head to Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens to enjoy the Dia De Los Muertos-themed Halloween Harvest Festival on October 28th. The park is home to gigantic sculptures year-round, making it a fun place to visit, however during the festival, it will be home to a Canine Costume Contest, dance performance by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York, and face painting. Be sure to also save the date on November 5, 2017, to enjoy the 2017 New York City Marathon, the largest marathon in the world.

6. Sunsets at Brookfield Place

With winter close by, night falls on the city early during the Autumn season. Escape the chilly nights of New York City by exploring Brookfield Place on the west side of Manhattan near the One World Trade Center. Watch the sunset over the Hudson River at the Waterfront Plaza of Brookfield Place. Then head indoors for some upscale shopping before sitting down at one of the many restaurants, like their newest addition, Del Frisco’s Grille, for a warm and hearty New York City dinner. Brookfield Place is also a great spot for events like a Halloween Bash or for fun experiences like ice skating which opens November 1st.

Hotel Suggestion:

Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza is a fantastic hotel choice during your fall trip to New York City. The landmark status hotel has rooms that are far more spacious than most in New York City and many have views of both the East River and the Manhattan skyline. It’s only a 10-minute walk to Grand Central Station and is one of the safest hotels in the city thanks to its large clientele of UN dignitary visitors. Due to its location in Midtown Manhattan, it is easy to get to any part of the city or the surrounding suburbs in a short amount of time. It also allows for a quiet nights rest away from the hubbub of areas like Times Square. 

Alex Temblador is a travel writer based in Dallas, Texas. Her work has appeared on Oyster, Tripadvisor, LA Travel Magazine, Matador Network, among many others. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram @alextemblador or through her blog at

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