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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

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By Time Out editors, edited by Sophie Harris |
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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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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Karl Norling

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.

Photograph: CC/Flickr/KarlNorling

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Rocky Abdul and Derek Lipscomb
Photographs: Joel Barhamand
Shopping

Fall fashion is more fierce

Badass fall fashion. Even if you have no style, NYC streets look like runways with all those layers. Also, layering clothes is the best!

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Photograph: Courtesy Steve Acres/Into the Veil
Things to do

Dating here in the fall is romantic AF

Just think of all the possibilities! From admiring fall foliage at the best NYC parks, to holding your S.O.’s hand during New York’s spookiest ghost tours, we think these activities are the foundation for a long-lasting relationship. And, hell, these date ideas will get your through cuffing season at the very least.

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Restaurants

All of the delicious food and drink festivals

Don your stretchiest pair of pants and get ready to eat and drink your way through our list of epic food and drink festivals in NYC this fall! As summer comes to a close, New York is rife with larger-than-life gatherings to celebrate the city's world of culinary offerings.

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The Flatiron Room
Photograph: Courtesy The Flatiron Room
Bars

Getting cozy in a bar with a fireplace

New Yorkers are a tough breed, but when the fall chill really sets in, you’re bound to see bargoers flocking to the coziest bars in town. Amidst frosty winds, even the most hardened urbanite will appreciate rustic warmth of a roaring fire.

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Steven Acres
Photograph: Courtesy Steven Acres
Things to do, Walks and tours

Wigging out during a ghost tour

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.

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Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992
Photograph: Russell Kaye, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery; © 2014 Robert Gober
Art

Seeing stunning fall art shows

Autumn is nearly here, which means rich pickings for museumgoers as the Met, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and other institutions and galleries around the city gear up for the best fall art shows.

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Things to do

Taking fall getaways from NYC

Even the most loyal New Yorkers crave a break from the city, and lucky for us, these fall getaways are just a few hours away. Pack your bags—amazing hiking trails, boozy North Fork wineries and all the apple cider your heart desires await at these escapes from NYC.

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Fall foliage
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano
Things to do, Walks and tours

Fall fucking foliage, y'all

You can spend all of Friday night partying in the city and still be taking in the fall foliage in the mountains by Saturday lunchtime.

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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.

Photograh: Teddy Kelley on Unsplash

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Toby's Estate Coffee
Photograph: Courtesy Alex Strada
Restaurants, Cafés

Hot coffee > iced coffee

The sadness of surrendering the iced coffee for a season is automatically combated by the delightful warmth of curling your hands around a hot coffee during your morning walk to the subway.

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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.

Photo by Takahiro Sakamoto on Unsplash

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Accessorizing has never been more fun!

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

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on&Unsplash

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Shopping

Plus, it's leather jacket season

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!

Photo by Tristan Colangelo on Unsplash

 

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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

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

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

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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano

Stunning waterfront views in autumn

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

Photograph: CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano

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Feeling a bit melancholy and poetic

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

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Apple picking near NYC
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Things to do

Apple-picking opportunities galore

Empire, Winesap, Northern Spy, Macoun. New York has the most scrumptious apple varieties, and the farmers' markets (and upstate orchards) are overflowing with them.

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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.

Photo by Jon Eric Marababol on Unsplash

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Things to do

Taking fall day trips from NYC

Whether you’re interested in traveling upstate to admire New York’s lovely fall foliage or getting spooked at nearby haunted houses, we tracked down the best autumnal attractions that are located less than two hours away from Manhattan.

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Smooches. Smooches. Smooches.

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

Photo by Felix Russell-Saw on Unsplash

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The Richardson
Photograph: Courtesy The Richardson
Bars

Ordering hot toddies

You can start drinking Irish coffees and hot toddies without sweating out the booze immediately.

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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.

Photo by Mc Jefferson Agloro on Unsplash

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Citi Bike
Photograph: Lars Klove/New York City Bicycle Share
Things to do

Citi Bikes are more plentiful

More Citi Bikes in the racks (and fewer Citi Bikes to dodge as a pedestrian) as the fair-weather cyclists abandon their wheels.

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Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do, Festivals

Awesome Halloween festivals in New York

The perfect Halloween festivals include pumpkins, costumes, autumnal treats and spooktacular entertainment. Lucky, the majority of these Halloween events and fêtes taking place in the city and New York state area include all of the above!

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halloween parties in nyc 2016
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It's costume party season

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.

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Pumpkin. Spice. Motherfuckin'. Lattes.

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

Photo by Tim Wright on Unsplash

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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.

Photo by Kristian Seedorff on Unsplash

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Village Halloween Parade 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do, Festivals

Spooky processions

The Village Halloween Parade, a.k.a. the world's biggest cosplay festival, gives you a great chance to let loose your creativity or marvel at the creativity/time management of others.

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Our leaves are crispier than anywhere else’s

Damn straight. Cruch.

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Photograph: Courtesy Michael Sharkey
Things to do

It’s haunted house season!

It’s the freakiest time of year and we couldn’t be more excited to scream our guts out at one of the scariest haunted houses NYC has to offer. Get all your thrills and chills at these horrifying venues, filled with monsters from your worst nightmares.

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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.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano

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?)

Photograph: CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano

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