It is always sad to say goodbye to beach days and sandals weather. But the harvest season brings its own charms to the Big Apple. Here are a few reasons why we love New York City in the fall.
- Drinking hot tea and coffee. A chill in the air means that it’s officially time to switch from iced to spiced. We walk to the nearby Blue Bottle for New Orleans-style coffee.
- Getting a sneak peek at rarely-seen rooms of famous New York buildings at Open House New York Weekend (Oct. 15 and 16). This year, participants can get a hard hat tour of the new Pier 17 complex and enjoy 360 degree views of the city from the gorgeous cupola atop the landmark Manhattan Municipal Building.
- Spending an evening at the Metropolitan Opera. Expect classics like Puccini's La Bohème and Mozart’s Don Giovanni early on in the season. For the first time in over 80 years, Rossini’s epic Guillaume Tell will take to the Met stage in a new production from Pierre Audi.
- Eating our way through New York Wine & Food Festival (Oct. 13-16). Food Network and the Cooking Channel present this four-day festival, so expect big names like Mario Batali, Giada de Laurentiis and Marcus Samuelsson.
- Seeing the foliage in Central Park (or anywhere else we can have a picnic). The reds and yellows of the leaves, set against the Manhattan skyline and a crisp blue sky make this one of the most beautiful (read: Instagrammable) times of year.
- Ordering off fall menus at restaurants. Acorn and butternut squashes are back on the table, and apple crisps and cobblers are sweetening dessert menus. We're excited to head to The Modern and try Chef Abram Bissell’s Long Island duck, served with a black truffle orzo.
- Hearing world-class music. The New York Philharmonic is celebrating its 175th season with an all-star calendar of performances. And at Carnegie Hall, Germany’s Berliner Philharmoniker is taking the stage in November for works by Mahler and Boulez.