I love all the seasons in NYC but fall might be my favourite. The weather is cool but not cold, the park is like a watercolour palette dreams are made of and the New Yorkers and their guests take in every ray of sunlight with such enthusiasm aware of the winter that is coming. Our trip in mid October for my husbands birthday remains one of my absolute favourite visits. There could be some rain but it won’t dominate your vacation. There’s truly something magical about hiding out in the MET’s Temple of Dendur on a rainy day. The patios are still open, we had a beautiful outdoor brunch at Sant Ambroeus in West Village after our walk to Carrie’s apartment on Perry Street. The weather is perfect for walking around the city, the humidity is all but gone, there’s a freshness in the air, with a sprinkle of that fall nostalgia, you’ll love it. Fall for fall, it’s impossible not to. 😉
The park in all its glory shines brightest in the fall. From the sunny days the colors on the trees dancing in a beautiful symphony to those glorious moments after the rain when the sun peeks through the clouds shining a light only on a few lucky leaves. It’s as beautiful as you’ll see the park and take every opportunity to see it from various vantage points. There are 2 that are my absolute favourite;
- The rooftop patio at the MET
- Top of the Rock
TOP OF THE ROCK
The obvious reason to visit this observatory in the fall is to see the park and all its majestic colors but in reality this view of the city is always magical and no matter how many times you return you are bound to see a new skyscraper changing the view you enjoyed the last time you visited. There is something special in those Top of the rock sunsets but it is when it’s at its absolute busiest. Nighttime illuminates your view of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler building and Times Square with the glistening lights of the one World in the distance but it hides the colors of the park so keep that in mind. With the sun and the stars tickets you can get the best of both worlds. https://www.topoftherocknyc.com/ticket-menu/
WEST VILLAGE AND DOWNTOWN
Take a walk around the “old school” NYC neighbourhoods; see the season change the colors and the vibes of the cool little cafes tucked in the cobblestone streets. Walk down to Battery Park and enjoy a walk along the water where the Hudson meets the East River before it gets too cold.
NYC’s museums are a well known hideout of tourists and locals when the rainy days come in. Be prepared for crowds but go anyways. There’s something magical and rare these days about museums filled with people.
There is almost a certainty you will come across a rainy day while visiting NYC in the fall. It’s the perfect opportunity to hide in a museum of your choice or catch a matinee on Broadway. Look up the theaters that have matinees that day and walk up to their boxoffice to see what offers they have. You might just be pleasantly surprised. Grab an early dinner at one of the incredible italian restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen, a short walk from most Broadway theatres manageable even on the rainiest day.