Autumn: the perfect time to hit New York. No stifling mugginess, the mornings are crisp, the days comfortably warm and the evenings fresh.
So if you’re planning a trip in the next couple of months, what should you do and where should you go?
To get a sense of the changing of the seasons, Central Park or Riverside Park are the best places in Manhattan to see the leaves change after you bundle up for a walk on a blustery day.
Take advantage of the (slight) dip in tourists and get the High Line to yourself. An innovative urban park that was reclaimed from an industrial cargo railway in the Meatpacking District, this unique outdoor space has become one of the city's most popular.
Stateside public holidays don’t come bigger than Thanksgiving. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November (the 22nd this year), it’s also a great time to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 2012 will be the store’s 86th parade, and you can expect to see ginormous inflated superheroes plodding through the streets followed by marching bands.
On 4 November, lots of mad people will take to the highways and byways of Manhattan and the outer boroughs to compete in the ING New York City Marathon. If you’re not running, carry a folding chair, wear a warm jacket, take a flask and cheer on the brave and foolhardy as they career past on this 26-mile super-race.
Of course, New York packs a punch when it comes to things for visitors to do, so if time is limited, or it’s your first visit, check out MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art), The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Times Square (once is enough) for culture, and the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and SoHo for restaurants, boutique shopping and coffee shops.
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