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Seven ways to get outside before the polar vortex hits

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Jaz Joyner
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It's been a pretty nice fall season, right friends? Though it seems an early polar vortex may be heading our way (say it ain't so!), the nice weather isn't quite over yet. So before you throw on your massive winter coat and debilitating leather gloves in preparation for those wicked winter chills, check out these seven wonderfully outdoors-y events before it's too late.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do outside in NYC

  • Check out the Out to See Festival (South Street Seaport, Financial District, Nov 15–16 & Nov 22–23. Free) For the next two weekends you can enjoy local crafters, artisan pop-up shops, live music and delicious food in South Street Seaport district.
  • See some art at Pier 54 (The High Line, Through December 13. Free.) This woman-centric art exhibit displays work from 27 prominent female artists, all on the beautiful High Line at 120 Eleventh Avenue at West 20th Street.
  • Chow down at Smorgasburg (East River State Park & Brooklyn Bridge Park, Nov 15–16 & Nov 22–23, Free.) Satisfy your munchies at these outdoor-food markets before they freeze over this winter season. You've got two more weekends to browse the offerings before everything moves indoors
  • Get in that last Citi Bike ride on one of NYC's best cycle-friendly routes. The weather's been lovely, so go ahead and take that roll through Central Park you've always said you'd do. Soon, this crisp autumn breeze will turn into a painfully cold gale, and your hands and nose will not be pleased.
  • See the sculptures at Storm King (Storm King Art Center, accessible by buses leaving from Port Authority, Through Nov 30. Free.) Take a day trip to lower Hudson Valley to check out this outdoor sculpture museum, where the rolling hills are almost as scenic as the art.
  • Take a tour of Green-Wood Cemetery Tours (500 25th St, Sunset Park) This historic graveyard is the resting place for artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as many other figures of NYC lore. It's the perfect place for history buffs to get your fix—the Battle of Brooklyn took place there in 1776.
  • Though it may already be cold by Thanksgiving, the Macy's Thanksgiving's Day Parade (Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West) is a New York City staple. You may have thought about going in years past, so here's your chance to be a part of the magic.

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