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The Top Perfectly Autumnal Things To Do in NYC In Fall

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Author: Nicole Mungo

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New York City pulses with life and activity throughout the year, but fall is when it really comes alive. As the leaves change to red and the air turns crisp, the cultural calendar revs up for an action-packed few months. Whether you want to check out a Halloween parade, hit up a museum or embrace the festive spirit with an iconic holiday celebration, there’s something for everyone in NYC.

(Photo by Vivienne Gucwa)

Things to do in October

New York Film Festival

Now in its 54th year, the line-up for the 2017 New York Film Festival includes films and shorts from emerging talent as well as celebrated filmmakers. New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones chairs the five-person selection committee this year, and the 17-day festival includes special events, panel talks, filmmaker debates, newly restored classics and more. The festival concludes October 15th.

New York Film Festival website


If you’re more into architecture than the arts, checking out the seventh Archtober festival should definitely be on your NYC fall ‘to do’ list. This month-long event celebrates the best of New York City architecture and includes exhibitions, tours, lectures, programs and activities. Aiming to raise awareness of the importance of design in the city, most of the Archtober events are free.

Archtober website

The Village Halloween Parade

If there’s a better way to get into the Halloween spirit than the Village Halloween Parade, we’d like to know about it. Every 7pm on October 31st, thousands of participants and spectators line up along Sixth Avenue for this wonderfully fun celebration of Halloween. Forget the ‘scary’ costumes you see in stores; this parade is a showcase of creepy creativity, and the homemade costumes will leave your jaw on the floor. If you want to march yourself, just line up at 6:30pm in costume.

Village Halloween Parade website


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Things to do in November

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of NYC’s most beloved events, and the only thing better than watching it on TV from your sofa is watching it live amidst the action. Head down to Manhattan to watch this unique pageant of enormous balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns and marching bands; the best spots to watch it are along Central Park West, Columbus Circle and Sixth Avenue.

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American Museum of Natural History

Escape the Fall chill by visiting the American Museum of Natural History, an educational wonderland that’s home to over 30 million artifacts. Founded in 1869, this museum has become an NYC institution, and wandering through its grand halls is almost a rite of passage. You can admire dinosaur skeletons, explore the Earth & Space Center and planetarium, and visit the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to discover the secrets of the deep. During Fall, the museum is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory, which features over 500 butterflies.

American Museum of Natural History website


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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Embrace the spirit of Christmas by attending the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting on November 29th. As the 78-foot Norway Spruce is illuminated and glitters under 45,000 lights, it’s hard not to feel that childlike sense of wonder. Once the tree lighting ceremony is over, you can get your skate on at the Rockefeller ice rink.

Rockefeller Center website


(Photo by Anthony Quintano)

Museum of Modern Art

Sometimes you just need a break from all the hustle of the city, and if that’s the case there can be no better retreat than NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. Arguably the world’s best modern art gallery, MoMA documents the emergence and development of art over the past century. Packed with heavyweights like Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Pollock, you can spend all day wandering these peaceful corridors.

Museum of Modern Art website


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Author: Nicole Mungo

Nicole Mungo contributes to YOTEL New York’s marketing team. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading & a good glass of wine.

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