Summer is almost over, which means back to New York. I am so sad to leave behind the outdoors, open air, greenery, family, and lack of schedule in Oregon….And yet, there are many things that I am looking forward to upon my return (besides, obviously, being fully reunited with my husband!)
* Drink champagne on the Roof garden at the Met overlooking Central Park
Hours: Through late fall, weather permitting: Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Martini Bar: 5:30–8:00 p.m.; Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Closed Mondays
Location: 83rd and 5th Ave, Fifth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries
Details: Self-service, light fare and cocktails in an informal, outdoor setting with panoramic views of Manhattan. Children are welcome.
* Hotdogs and popcorn at a Brooklyn Cyclones Game
Location: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224 (Coney Island)
* Indulge in Italian food at L&B Spumoni Garden
Hours: 11 am to Midnight, daily.
Location: 2725 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11223 (Bensonhurst)
Details: Italian feast!
* Explore Governors Island
Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day from 10 AM to 7 PM.
Location:Free ferries run from the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. Sat-Sun & Holiday Mondays: Ferries leave at 10 AM, 11 AM and then every half hour until 5:30 PM. Ferries return to Manhattan at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and then every half hour until 7 PM.
Details: Visitors are invited to bring their bikes to Governors Island where, you can picnic, kayak, bike, and stroll. There are also occasional concerts. For a rundown of activities, click here.
* Visit The Cloisters
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Location: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, New York 10040
Details: A branch of the Met devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, the Cloisters houses over 3,000 relics. The building itself and enclosed medieval gardens are amazing.
* Walk in Central Park
Location: Manhattan between 59th and 110th street and between Fifth and Eight Ave.
Details: Lots of things to see and do! Walk, bike, paddle, play, eat, sit!
* Apple picking along the Hudson
Details: One great farm in particular is Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem, NY. They carry a variety of local honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, local dairy products, maple syrup, cider doughnuts, fresh baked pies, homemade fudge and Green Mountain Coffee.
Location: Exit 8 on Highway 684, North Salem, NY (about 1:15 drive from Manhattan)
Hours: Open seven days a week
* Find yummy treats at the farmers’ market in Cold Spring
Hours: Saturdays through November 17th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route 9D in Garrison, NY
Details: The mission of the Cold Spring Farmers’ Market is to support local, regional and sustainable farms by providing an outlet for direct sales of agricultural products. Buy local!
* Pick a pastoral New Englandy town and go for a gorgeous Fall bike ride
Hours: When the leaves start turning!
* Run around Storm King sculpture garden
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (grounds remain open until 8:00 pm on Saturdays, May 26–September 1, and on Sunday May 27 and Sunday September 2; until 5:00 pm in November). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for the Monday holidays marking Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. Open only on weekends after November 11 (November 17–18 and 24–25). The 2012 Storm King season closes on November 25.
Location: Old Pleasant Hill Road, Mountainville, NY 12553
Details: Located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures
* Take pictures at Saugerties lighthouse
Hours: The outdoor public areas of the Lighthouse are open from sunrise to sunset throughout the year.
Location: Saugerties is only 100 miles from Manhattan and 42 miles from Albany along the NY State Thruway. Address: 168 Lighthouse Drive, Saugerties, NY 12477
Details: Visitors can walk out to the Lighthouse on the half-mile nature trail, open sunrise to sunset. The gentle trail travels among stands of willow and maple trees, along tidal pools, and through patches of wildflowers, eventually opening onto the middle of the majestic Hudson River.
* Take a sailboat trip with Shearwater Sailing trips around the NYC harbor (summer or fall)
Location: The Shearwater Classic Schooner is berthed on the South Side of North Cove Marina on the Hudson River, bounded by Vesey Street to the North and Liberty Street to the South at the World Financial Center in Battery Park City.
Details: Sail trips last 2 hours and costs roughly $50 per person.
* Run in many of the dozens of NYRR races in New York City
* Pick pumpkins and eat pie in Long Island (Harbes Farm and Orchard)
Hours: Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm
Location: 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY (North Shore of Long Island, two hour drive)
Details:Lots to see and do, family fun activities with barns and mazes, animals and pony rides!
* Drink Bloody Mary’s at the Boathouse in Central Park
Hours: Daily from 12 to 9 pm
Location: East 72nd Street and Park Drive North in Central Park
Details: A great place to eat a meal/have a drink in the Park.
* Be super cool and hang out at PS1 Warm-Up in Long Island City:
Hours: Every Saturday until September 8th from 12 to 6 pm.
Location: 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
Details: Series conceived by a curatorial committee hand selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of expertise and experiences in music, sound, and the performing arts, resulting in a unique summer sound that explores, interprets, and combines genres.
* Walk the Highline and eat popsicles.
Hours: 7 am to 11 pm daily
Location: The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.
Details: Treats to eat along the walk, water to play with, art to look at, sun to soak up, and time to breathe.
* Sit and watch the US Open
Location: August 27th until September 9th. Flushing, Queens.
Details: BY FAR, my favorite Fall event in the city — and maybe for the whole year. I love every minute of the US Open, whether it is watching live or on TV.
So, there you have it. My current to-do-activity-list-in-NYC. What are your favorite Fall activities in the area? What makes you excited for September to come? Share the love!