How To Enjoy The First Day Of Fall (September 22nd)
The first day of fall is on the horizon and we’re here to tell you how to celebrate. Since it lands on a Saturday this year (September 22nd), you will have the opportunity to take the entire day and feast on all things pumpkin spice, take a bike ride in some crisp late September air, and cozy up with a warm blanket, hot apple cider, and a movie before turning in for the night. Below, we’re corralled your first day of fall Bucket List!
Go Leaf Peeping In A Park!
It’s safe to say that after those balmy 90 degree days we had in early September, you’re ready for a stroll in the park that may actually be cool enough to warrant wearing an extra layer or two. Enter: sweater weather! Bundle up in your finest wools, and head to your local park to enjoy a stroll or bike ride (hint: CitiBikes can be rented on practically every block, just check their website for exact locations). The leaves this time of year can be absolutely stunning (peak foliage times do vary year-to-year with the weather)–making the entire park light up like it’s on fire with all the yellows, oranges, and reds! Central Park is a prime spot to do this, easily accessible for Upper East Side and Westside Glenwood residents. Head straight to The Ramble and you won’t even know you’re in the middle of NYC!
Pro Tip: If you’re planning on having a dinner party at all this season, collect a handful of pretty leaves while you’re out walking or biking and then use them to write names on, turning them into nameplates for the party! Your guests will love this personal touch.
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Get Cozy Inside A German Restaurant
With Oktoberfest right around the corner, get a jump start by celebrating the first day of fall at a German restaurant! You can enjoy heaping plates of traditional Bavarian food (we’re talking all you can eat pretzels and brats), while sipping on seasonal ciders and mulled wine. The ambiance at these spots lends to a year-round feeling of autumn in the air!
Pro TIp: There’s no shortage of German restaurants and beer halls in NYC, but Hofbräu Bierhaus NYC and Reichenbach Hall in Midtown East or Zum Schneider Downtown are authentic spots that will definitely lend to a traditional vibe.
Eat And Drink Pumpkin Spice Everything
Every year, New Yorkers look forward to the selection of pumpkin foods at their local Trader Joe’s, pumpkin spice lattes at their corner Starbucks, and pumpkin pie from the Little Pie Company. Get a jump start on enjoying everything pumpkin by planning to indulge in it all on the first day of autumn!
Pro Tip: Why not kick off your morning with pumpkin pancakes?! Clinton Street Baking Company features delicious ones this time of year.
Settle In With A Warm Blanket And Movie
We’re officially entering the time of year when it’s socially acceptable to turn down evening plans in favor of Netflix–so jump on that train! Cue up a cozy movie that evokes fall–we’re thinking something with Meg Ryan, say, “When Harry Meets Sally” or “You Got Mail”, bring your warm tartan blankets out of storage, and light an apple pie scented candle. Whether you live in Liberty Plaza or Briar Hill, we can’t think of a better way to welcome a new season.
Pro Tip: Make sure to stop by your local Farmer’s Market during the day to stock up on apples, and create your own apple cider (or apple pie, or apple crisp, or caramel apples…) for movie night!
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