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50 reasons fall in New York is the best

Fall foliage, hot cider, Halloween ragers, cozy sweaters and snuggling—there’s nothing quite like fall in New York


Fact: There is nothing like fall in New York. Granted, New Yorkers already know this, but perhaps you need some convincing? Well, we've come up with 50 surefire reasons why autumn in Gotham is clearly superior. From our set of food and drink festivals happening this season to our stunning display of fall foliage, plus all the bars where you can order delicious hot toddies, no one does the coziest season quite like us.

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50 reasons why fall in New York kicks ass

Autumn sunsets are swoonworthy
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3. Autumn sunsets are swoonworthy

The color the sky turns right before the sun completely sets would bring a tear to any jaded New Yorker's eye.

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

If you’re searching for fun Halloween events and aren’t afraid to get a little spooked, sign up for one of Gotham’s creepy and informative ghost tours. NYC certainly has a shadowy past, so it’s no surprise that there are many spirits (friendly ones, hopefully) walking among us.

The temperature is perfect for a smoke

13. The temperature is perfect for a smoke

The temperature is perfect for smoking outside. It’s not so hot you miss the air-conditioning inside, not so cold your fingers fall off before you can get the thing to your lips.

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You get to wear boots again

15. You get to wear boots again

Boots! For the next six months, our main mode of forward motion will be stomping. Pile of leaves? Stomp. Puddle? Stomp. Foot of annoying person who shoves you on the subway? STOMP.

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Accessorizing has never been more fun!

16. Accessorizing has never been more fun!

Fingerless gloves. And tights! Who doesn’t love a good pair of tights? (Gentlemen, stand back.)

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Plus, it's leather jacket season
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A leather or denim jacket is basically a New Yorker's second-skin in the fall, but we love seeing stylish Gothamites give these simplistic outerwear staples some personality by adding cheeky patches, embroidered sayings and, if you would be so bold, glitter and sequins!

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You can enjoy a glorious, peaceful sleep

21. You can enjoy a glorious, peaceful sleep

Sleep, glorious sleep! Without the drone of the AC in summer or being wrapped in 237 layers of clothing in winter. Perfect napping weather.

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Well-dressed men run rampant

22. Well-dressed men run rampant

Men dress once more like grown-ups (jeans, sweaters, boots) and less like massive hairy toddlers off to the sandpit (shorts, sandals, baseball cap).

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Cozier beds

25. Cozier beds

Pulling your comforter back out, spreading it over the bed, and then climbing in for the first time in months.

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Stunning waterfront views in autumn
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26. Stunning waterfront views in autumn

We have two gorgeous rivers to stroll along and sniff the sweet autumn air.

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Feeling a bit melancholy and poetic

30. Feeling a bit melancholy and poetic

Time to bust out the Emily Dickinson, yo! Bring on the feels.

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Letting crisp, fall air flow through your apartment

32. Letting crisp, fall air flow through your apartment

You can open your windows and rid your apartment of the air grown vaguely stale from repeated conditioning. Enjoy this for the few months when it's possible before the sharp winter winds make it impractical.

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Smooches. Smooches. Smooches.

34. Smooches. Smooches. Smooches.

'Tis the season of kissable, rosy cheeks. Go plant a smacker on someone right now!

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Sweaters. Sweaters. Sweaters

36. Sweaters. Sweaters. Sweaters

We're living for oversized, sweater weather. Added bonus: Longer/bulkier clothing makes it easier to eat what you want again, timed perfectly to the return of comfort food on menus.

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  • Nightlife

First, find your creepy costume of choice at a great Halloween store (or borrow one without breaking the bank at the best Halloween costume rental stores). Then scream your way through some of the spookiest haunted houses in NYC. But before the wicked weekend is over, be sure to buy you and your ghoul squad tickets to an epic Halloween party where you can sip on killer cocktails as you monster mash all night.

Pumpkin. Spice. Motherfuckin'. Lattes.

42. Pumpkin. Spice. Motherfuckin'. Lattes.

We repeat: Pumpkin. Spice. Motherfuckin'. Lattes.

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Those blissful after-dark, fall temps

43. Those blissful after-dark, fall temps

The nighttime air temperature of New York in the fall plus the gentle glow of an outdoor fire heater is the very definition of blissful.

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Our leaves are crispier than anywhere else’s

46. Our leaves are crispier than anywhere else’s

Damn straight. Cruch.

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49. Snuggling

It is clinically impossible to effectively snuggle in summer. Even if you’re snuggling solo, the first snuggles of autumn are like being reunited with a lover.

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LA doesn't have fall
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50. LA doesn't have fall

Knowing that everybody in the world agrees that nobody does fall like New York City. Like, don't even try to argue. (They made a Richard Gere/Winona Ryder movie about it, okay?)

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