By Seth Fera-Schanes
In the title I am talking about fall in NYC and not the holiday season Andy Williams crooned on his 1963 album.
Autumn in New York is my favorite time of the year. Gone are the days of oppressive heat and sweat soaked subway walls. The international tourist set have retreated to build back their bank accounts so they can come again next summer. There is a lull before the Christmas tourist crew finds their way into the city to clog the streets as they ogle all the pretty lights and trees. Clearly this writer has some seasonal issues he needs to work through.
I have always found September and October great months to travel. New York is especially wonderful during these months. The year around residents are in a great mood. The 50 degree mornings are a nice way to start the day. And pumpkin is finding its way into everything from lattes to scones.
If you find yourself in the city this time, I have a few suggestions aside from the obligatory Central Park walk to see all the leaves changing colors.
1. Circle Line Boat Tour – Buy your tickets and board on 42 and the Hudson River. This boat will take you around the entire perimeter of Manhattan Island. You can eat, drink and get a unique look at the city line from all angles.
2. Green-Wood Cemetery – Located in Brooklyn, this facility is the resting place of New Yorkers including Boss Tweed, The Steinway’s, Leonard Bernstein, F.A.O Schwartz and many more.
The final two are not actually located in NYC but are within a short drive or train ride.
3. Storm King Art Center– Located in Mountainville, NY. This is a huge park with 50 foot modern art sculptures. The added bonus is seeing the autumn leaves as you walk around.
4. Cold Spring – Easily accesible by Metro North and tucked in next to the Hudson River. This little town has walking trails, antique shops and great restaurants. Looking out the train window at the Hudson is worth the trip itself.
Enjoy fall and let us know what you find.