What’s my favorite season in NYC, you ask? The fall! There’s nothing like making your apartment cozy for the season, getting out of the city to go apple picking, or dancing the night away in full costume at a Halloween show. The Autumn season offers so much more, though, throughout the city and beyond.
It’s the off-season for tourists, making it an easier and simpler time to navigate the city, just like Bedly does for you all year long. Bedly takes the hassle out of living in NYC. By offering affordable, short-term leasing, no broker-fees, move-in ready apartments, and units in the best neighborhoods, you can feel at ease leasing with Bedly and knowing you saved some stress dealing with fewer people and chaos. Just like the fall in NYC.
Apple Picking. Get out of the city for a New York adventure that doesn’t center around the largest metropolis in the nation. If you have access to a car, fantastic. If not, no worries! Most apple picking farms are just a train ride away and offer stunning views of the changing colors. It’s hard to believe it’s still New York until you come to realize that NYC is an exception to the rest of the state.
Many farms offer boozy cider that they make on site, apple cider donuts, and a pumpkin patch. Check out some of the best farms and orchards near NYC.
Fall Foliage Adventure. There’s nothing like the changing leaves and drop in temperature to get you into the autumn spirit. New York has many mountainous regions that offer gorgeous views of the changing leaves, as well as fun activities to boast. The Catskills Mountains and the Adirondacks are absolutely vibrant this time of year. There are plenty of hikes, train rides, and even a zip-line adventure that allows you to take in the colors.
Not up for leaving the city, or maybe you’re rockin your new job and have no time? Any city park is going to serve up some vivid landscape this time of year, so head over to the closest one to your Bedly neighborhood.
Discounted Broadway Shows. Fall is the perfect time to go see shows! There’s a lull in the tourist season in October and November (to Thanksgiving), so rush tickets are readily available and you’re more likely to win lottery tickets with fewer people entering, too. In fact, the majority of the Broadway shows I’ve seen have been during these two months, when I either get lucky and win lottery tickets or walk up to the box office between one and three in the afternoon and request rush tickets (usually there’s a lone line starting early in the AM, and rush tickets sell out as soon as the box office opens).
The culture of live theater in NYC is like none other elsewhere, so take advantage of cheap ticket prices and the “off-season”. You may finally get to see Elphaba fly above the stage in Wicked, or learn about The Book of Mormon, or even watch Aladdin turn into a prince.
Lottery tickets and rush tickets vary in price.
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. What better way to get into the fall spirit than to surround yourself with a glowing bunch of pumpkins? The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is the perfect excuse to get out of the city. It takes place every year in Hudson Valley, New York and hosts more than 7,000 artfully designed pumpkins.
The hoard of gourds not enough to get you outside of NYC? There’s also a Pumpkin Planetarium for some night-time star gazing, and you could even pair the night with a day of checking out some fall foliage.
When: October 4-31; November 1-11; November 15-17, November 23-24.
Tickets: $22 Sunday – Thursday; $27 Friday & Saturday. Advanced tickets required.
How to get there: Metro-North Hudson line from Grand Central Terminal to Croton-Harmon Station. A 10-minute walk to Van Cortlandt Manor or 5-minute cab ride.
Halloween Parade. The epic annual Halloween Parade takes place in the Village and starts on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street, working its way to 16th Street, from 7:00pm-10: 30pm. Streets are packed with New Yorkers, making it nearly impossible to navigate through, so be sure to claim your spot early.
There’s a special VIP ticket price for $25, offering early admittance and entry into an exclusive party. Oh yeah, and it’s robot themed, so be sure to wear your best robot gear. Anyone is invited to dance, robot, or zombie-walk their way through the parade, but make sure to be in costume or you will be turned away.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year on Thanksgiving morning, my dad would wake me and my sister up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. So naturally, my first year in NYC I dragged my bestie to snag spots at 6am. Let me tell you, it was so worth it.
The weather was sunny and 60 all day, so that helped immensely, but we didn’t experience people shoving to get to the front or being packed into the city block like sardines. The parade is all about the balloons, so it’s impossible to miss no matter where you are. And the wait for and length of the parade was made so much better because we had bagels and coffee with Baileys. I highly recommend bringing food and a drink of choice.
For most New Yorkers, the fall is a favorite. Fewer crowds, cooler temperatures, and an infinite amount of festivities to attend. You’ve already made the move-in process with Bedly as smooth as possible, now it’s time to take advantage of the smoothest and most enjoyable time of the year in NYC.
Photo credits in order of appearance: Thrillist, I Love NY, Broadway.com, Saint Hubberts Lodge, Dnaifo, Travel & Leisure