Autumn is without a doubt the best time to visit the Big Apple. Once the heat and summer tourists are gone, the falling leaves cover the city in gold. And, as always, there so much to do! Here are some highlights of the season.
1. Taking in the fall foliage in Central Park.
The park gets 38 million visitors throughout the year, but there’s nothing like enjoying it in the fall, exploring its 2 square miles and admiring the predominant colors: red and gold. To enjoy this show, hire a TV and Film location guide or just wander on foot.
2. Attending a festival
We won’t lie, there are so many options that it will be hard to choose one. Here are our two recommendations:
Feast of San Gennaro
From September 15 to the 25th, the patron saint of Naples is celebrated in Little Italy. It’s quite the experience. The streets transform to host religious processions, organized parades, live music, food stands with culinary delights, restaurant have specials, and there’s even a cannoli eating competition. Would sign up?
New York Film Festival
A dream come true for World cinema aficionado. Films by acclaimed directors and featuring new talent are screened from September 30 to October 16. Retrospectives, special events and talks with directors are also held.
3. Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center
The Metropolitan Opera is one of New York’s most beloved cultural icons. Enjoy classics like Puccini “La Boheme”, “Madame Butterfly”, Otello or Don Giovanni. There really isn’t a wrong choice when choosing an opera to see here. Also, visiting Lincoln Center is an experience in itself, this room is spectacular from its facade to its interiors.
4. New York Ballet
One of the best theater companies in the world with a formidable array of dancers and repertories like: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Unmissable.
5. A cocktail in Mad46 in the Roosevelt Hotel
Believe it or not, locals enjoy visiting hotel lounges and the terraces, so you’ll have many options if you’d like to drink among them. The appeal lies in admiring the breathtaking view of the city while enjoying a glass of wine, good atmosphere and excellent food. We recommend the Roosevelt Hotel, because it’s a classic.
6. Attends a Yankees or Knicks game
Baseball fan? Go to a Yankees or Mets game. If basketball is your thing, look for the Knicks and Nets games when planning your trip. Besides the event, the venues are spectacular: from Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to Citi Field in Queens.