Fall in New York City

I’ve always enjoyed the fall and this year, I get to spend part of it in New York City, one of my favorite places.

After being in Jamaica, where the temperature rarely dips below 70 degrees in most places, I have a new appreciation for the cool, crisp air that fall brings. You can almost feel the switch that comes as the last days of August usher in September and the frenetic pace of summer gives way to the gentleness of fall.

Here are a few of the fall activities that I look forward to doing.

1.     West Indian American Carnival – This annual cultural extravaganza takes place in Brooklyn on Labor Day and signals the end of summer. Millions come out to prance and ‘wine’ and enjoy the vibrant celebration of West Indian culture.

Fall in New York - a Carnival Queen
Taking photos with the queen

2.     Brooklyn Book Festival – Started in 2006 by Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, to give voice to the writers who call Brooklyn home, the BBF has since expanded to include writers from outside the borough. The festival, which is free, will be held on September 22nd at Borough Hall and other venues.

3.     Wine Tastings – Each fall, we drive out to Long Island’s North Fork to meet friends for our usual wine country tour. We try to visit two or three vineyards and have lunch then drive back to the city. I’ve always wanted to check out some of the wine festivals in New Jersey, and might do that this year as well.

4.     Broadway comes alive – Fall also means the new theater season begins on and off-Broadway. Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing: After Midnight, The Glass Menagerie, Macbeth, Richard III, and Waiting for Godot.

West Side Story

5.     Fall Fashion Week – Not just for fashionistas and big name designers, Fall Fashion Week is a chance to get a peek at they styles that will be in the stores in spring and check out the work of designers who’re not yet household names. Fall Fashion Week is on until September 12th.

Fall is not only about the turning of the leaves or the coolness in the air, it’s also the time I celebrate my birthday. The party lasts all month and usually involves a themed event, and a trip north to Toronto to celebrate with my friends from university.

This post is part of the fall blog carnival hosted by Patti at One Road at a Time. Be sure to check out what other bloggers have to say about fall.

25 comments on “Fall in New York City

  1. I am not a fashionista – far from it, but I’ve always thought seeing a fashion show or two would be a pretty interesting one-time event. Love the photo of all of the play billboards. Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. Marcia, I’m always fascinated with anything New York. I’ve yet to make it there. But, I’m tellin’ ya….that Broadway picture is absolutely stunning!!! 🙂

  3. I envy your being able to see Broadway shows anytime. I only get to see the traveling versions. I can’t imagine being there for the fall fashion week (insert drool).

  4. I hope you have a happy birthday season in NY and Toronto! How exciting – I love NYC! While I’ve been to the city in the fall, I haven’t participated in any of the events that you mentioned. The book festival sounds especially interesting as well as Fashion Week. I’ve always wanted to visit Fashion Week in NYC. Safe travel and happy bday!!!

  5. I try to go to the Brooklyn Book Festival every year!

    I lived in New Orleans for a while, and the only thing I truly missed was having a real fall. It’s especially great in the New England area, where fall is full of cider, pumpkin patches, and fairs.

  6. It’d be great to experience fall in the New England area with the changing leaves, cider, pumpkin patches and fairs, Jess.
    Am looking forward to going to the BBF and a wine festival this weekend

  7. We were in New York City last year in May. There’s certainly enough there to keep any vistor busy at any time, but this is a reminder to check the calender for the next time to see what seasonal events are on, too. Nice post, then!

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