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29 Perfectly Autumn Things You Must Do In NYC This Fall

Pumpkins, foliage, hiking, and more.

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Ahh, New York in the fall. You can just FEEL the renewed sense of ~energy~ and ~excitement~ in the city.

We rounded up 29 essential activities — both in the city and just outside of it — to put on your bucket list this season.

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Happy autumn-ing!

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

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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.

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.
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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.

3. Throw back a bunch of seasonal beers at Brooklyn Brewery.

Not only do they brew their own beer, they also serve local seasonal brews from other makers — like the annual Post Road Pumpkin Ale. Pro tip: Visit their weekly Tasting Room, where you can sample the beers and even order your own delivery pizza.

4. Do your fair share of fall people-watching on The High Line in Chelsea.

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Or you can actually stargaze there every Tuesday night through October 27th. They have super high-powered telescopes set up until 11 pm — and it's free.

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

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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.

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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).

7. Take a long stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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Their fall foliage kills it.

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

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

9. Hit up one of the city's many farmer's markets to buy all of the best apple varieties: Empire, Winesap, Northern Spy, Macoun, and more.

Here's a list of all of the farmer's markets in NYC.

10. Speaking of fall food, eat your way through all pumpkin everything in the city.

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The pumpkin bread at the Union Square Farmer's Market is delicious. And here are some other only-in-NYC pumpkin desserts and pumpkin dishes you should try, too.

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

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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.

12. Stock up on cozy fall clothes at No Relation Vintage in the East Village.

They have a sea of $5 flannels!

13. Aimlessly walk around Park Slope and watch the cozy, golden light hit the brownstones in just the right way.

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14. Spend an afternoon strolling around Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

The park in the morning is particularly clear and gorgeous, but really, it's insane at any point of the day.

15. And Central Park.

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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.

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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.

17. Walk around the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx, followed by craft beers at the Bronx Beer Hall.

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A perfect fall day.

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.

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

19. Hit up a fall cultural festival.

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The two biggies are the 53rd annual New York Film Festival (September 25th to October 11th), and the New York City Wine and Food Festival (October 15th to October 18th).

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

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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.

21. Do a Ghosts of New York walking tour.

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So many to choose from! There's Ghosts of Brooklyn, Ghosts of the Upper West Side, and the all-time crowd pleaser, Edgar Allen Poe and His Ghostly Neighbors of Greenwich Village.

22. Do all of the fall things at Queens County Farm.

This is an urban farm in Queens that has it all: a corn maze, pumpkin picking, duck races, apple picking, apple cider, you name it. Click here for directions.

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

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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.

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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.

25. Go apple picking in Hudson Valley.

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Barton Orchards and Greig Farm are two great options, and here are ten other great ones.

26. Do a local winery tour in Hudson Valley.

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There are tons of them, and they're all under an hour and a half away, roughly. Info here.

27. Head to Breakneck Ridge for a day hike.

Breakneck Ridge is in Cold Spring, a cute small town on Metro North. It's really steep, but so worth it: The views from the top are amazing. You can also choose an easier hike in Cold Spring here.

28. Wander through The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson.

Nicknamed "The Blaze," it's an October display of more than 7,000 hand-carved jack-o-lantern, and it's about an hour outside the city.

Directions here.

29. See a local sports game.

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.
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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.

Excited yet? Let your bucket list-ing begin.

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