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Autumn Activities in NYC

There's nothing quite like seeing the city of New York during the autumn when all the leaves are turning bright gorgeous colors before dropping from the trees. While simply walking around the city to enjoy the sights might be enough to keep visitors occupied, there are also plenty of autumn activities in NYC that you can take advantage of as well. The following is just a small selection of the many autumn activities in NYC that you should check out:

  • Stargazing on the High Line - The High Line is one of the most unique parks in the city. Basically, it's an out-of-order elevated rail track that was converted into a public park. On every Tuesday night until October 27th, you'll be able to check out the stars and planets via high-powered telescopes provided by the Amateur Astronomers Association from dusk to 11:00 PM.

  • NYC Wine & Food Festival - Check out the city's famous dining scene by buying tickets to one of the many events held at this year's NYC Wine & Food Festival, which takes place from October 15th to October 18th. Some of the events include the Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachel Ray, Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown hosted by Emeril Lagasse. 

  • The New York Film Festival - The 53rd annual New York Film Festival runs until October 11th and showcases some of the most highly anticipated films of the year by acclaimed filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Michel Gondry, Danny Boyle and more. This year's lineup boasts 26 films in addition to four programs of shorts.

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Consisting of 52 acres, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary and is a great way to enjoy the wonder of nature without leaving the city. Be sure to check out renowned artist Isamu Noguchi's sculpture exhibition, which will be on display until December 13th. If you happen to have an appreciation for birds, then you should also be sure to visit the Botanic Garden on November 15th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM to go birding on a nature walk with Brad Klein. Admission to the garden is free for members and $12 for adults.

  • Storm King Art Center - There's no better time of the year to explore the Storm King Art Center, which is widely considered to be one of the best sculpture gardens in the entire world. The art center boasts more than 500 acres of fields, woodlands and hills with over 100 works of art spread throughout. The art center will remain open until the end of November and is located only 90 minutes north of the city.

  • Village Halloween Parade - Don't miss out on one of the biggest Halloween parades in the city. Beginning at 7:00 PM on October 31st, the Village Halloween Parade will boast 53 different bands, hundreds of puppets and thousands of costumed New Yorkers. The 42nd annual parade will begin at 6th Avenue at Canal St. and will go all the way to 16th St. 

  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - If you thought the Village Halloween Parade was impressive, wait until you see the legendary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year's parade will mark its 89th year. The three-hour parade is a great way to end autumn in NYC with a bang.

As you can see, there are plenty of autumn activities in NYC to check out. For more advice on things to do nearby our apartment community, be sure to contact us at our Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town apartment community today.