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29 Perfectly Autumn Things You Must Do In NYC This Fall

Pumpkins, foliage, hiking, and more.

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1. Attend one of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm's many rooftop events.

It's the world's largest green roof farm! They have tons of cool happenings, like rooftop yoga classes and garden workshops, until the end of October.

The schedule is here.

2. Take the ferry to Governor's Island.

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When you see the lower Manhattan skyline from the island on a fresh autumn day, you can't help but smile — the view is dope. Bring your bike on the ferry for an extra $1, or rent one when you get there from Blazing Saddles. It's a very bike-friendly island.


5. Go for a bike ride along the Hudson River Greenway, which stretches along the western side of Manhattan.

It's an 11-mile route that stretches from Battery Park downtown all the way up to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge. If you ride the whole thing, you'll go through four parks: Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, Riverside Park, and Fort Washington Park.

If you feel like stopping for a bite or a drink along the way, hit up the Boat Basin Café on West 79th Street. They're open until the end of October (weather permitting), and they have beautiful views of the Hudson.

6. And end up at The Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park.

The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum that's basically a medieval monastery filled with nearly 5,000 medieval works. It's located within Fort Tryon Park, which has tons of paths perfect for strolls, not to mention a beautiful view of the Hudson River. It's especially gorgeous in fall, because the leaves are everywhere!

Directions here (you can also take the subway instead of biking).

8. Day drink at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria.

They have super crisp heady beer, and their onion rings are ON POINT.


11. Sip a cup of coffee at the Black Cat LES on the Lower East Side.

It's sooooo fall cozy in there. And if you don't want a steaming hot cup of coffee, they also have other fall gems like hot apple cider, salted caramel cider lattes, and delicious pastries and desserts.


15. And Central Park.

It's really just so beautiful during the fall. Go for a run around the Jackie O Reservoir, picnic in Sheep's Meadow, and venture up to the top of the park, too, and hang out in the foliage in the North Woods. Whatever you choose to do, it's all so autumnal.

16. Walk from the top of Manhattan all the way to the bottom, and reward yourself with multiple pints or a hot toddy at Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District.

Start at 220th Street, and walk all the way down the west side on Broadway. Fraunces Tavern is one of Manhattan's most historic buildings, it's super cozy, and they have delicious whiskey.


18. Get a chocolate chip and walnut cookie from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side, and then stroll around the neighborhood and window shop.

Best cookies ever. And they just taste better when you're wearing a sweater.

20. Curl up at Albertine bookshop with a great read.

Chilling in bookstores in summer = FOMO. But not in Fall! This one is a magical French bookstore and reading room that's located in a mansion. And it's got THAT CEILING.


23. Spend a day at Storm King before it closes for the winter.

Storm King Art Center (i.e. Storm King) is basically an open-air museum / sculpture park that's just one hour north of the city (in Mountainville, New York).

Get directions.


24. Check out awesome modern art at Dia: Beacon in Beacon.

Dia: Beacon is a gorgeous art space in Beacon, a super cute artsy town about an hour and a half north of the city.

Directions and admission info here.


29. See a local sports game.

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The last home game at Yankee Stadium is on October 1st, and the last one at Citi Field is October 4th. The Brooklyn Nets start their basketball season at Barclays on October 28th, the Knicks start theirs at Madison Square Garden on October 29th. The New York Jets' first game is September 13th at MetLife Stadium, and the Giants start on the 20th.