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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

By Time Out editors, edited by Sophie Harris

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

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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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5. Dating here in the fall is romantic AF

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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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7. 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.

The Flatiron Room
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8. 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.

Steven Acres
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9. Wigging out during a ghost tour

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.

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

10. 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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11. Taking fall getaways from NYC

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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.

Fall foliage
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12. Fall fucking foliage, y'all

Things to do Walks and tours

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.


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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Toby's Estate Coffee
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14. Hot coffee > iced coffee

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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.


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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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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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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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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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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26. Stunning waterfront views in autumn

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

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30. Feeling a bit melancholy and poetic

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

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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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33. Taking fall day trips from NYC

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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.

34. Smooches. Smooches. Smooches.

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

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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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Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla
Photograph: Filip Wolak

38. Awesome Halloween festivals in New York

Things to do Festivals

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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41. 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.

42. Pumpkin. Spice. Motherfuckin'. Lattes.

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

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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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Village Halloween Parade 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak

45. Spooky processions

Things to do Festivals

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.

46. Our leaves are crispier than anywhere else’s

Damn straight. Cruch.

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47. It’s haunted house season!

Things to do

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.


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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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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