“Seasons change with the scenery”

Despite cooler weather and shorter days, there is plenty of life outdoors in New York City. Here are some of my favorites, and some new discoveries:

Fall Hours Are Now in Effect at the High Line

The Porch

Fall hours are now in effect at the High Line. The park is open daily, beginning at 7:00 AM, and closing one hour earlier, at 10:00 PM. Later in the season, as the colder temperatures arrive, we will shift to winter hours, with the park closing at 7:00 PM. Please check the High Line Web site, or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates about park operations.

Explore Brooklyn: 2011 Gowanus Open Studios

Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, noon to 6pm. Here is a map of the neighborhood and participating artists’ studios and some information from the organizers’ website:

“Our studios are in industrial buildings, garages, brownstones and warehouses. We’re a melting pot of aspiring, professional, and amateur artists. The art we create includes painting, sculpture, installations, photography, kinetic, conceptual, drawing, prints, video, ceramics, mixed-media, and more. A community gets the art it deserves. Visitors to Gowanus Open Studios experience the culture of Brooklyn. You can engage with working artists one-on-one in the intimacy of our studios, buy art, see the creative process, and discuss method. The Gowanus is at the juncture of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, near Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Red Hook. You can get to it by foot, bike, kayak, LIRR, bus and nearly every subway line.”

Harvest Time at the Greenmarkets

New Yorkers have been enjoying fresh, local, seasonal produce at our Greenmarket Farmers Markets since 1976. Greenmarkets are held throughout the five boroughs at various locations every day of the week, the most famous being at Union Square on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. Here on the Upper West Side, we have four to choose from. Check the links below for opening hours and exact locations:

  • Lincoln Center: http://www.grownyc.org/tuckergreenmarket
  • West 79th Street: http://www.grownyc.org/77greenmarket
  • West 97th Street: http://www.grownyc.org/97greenmarket
  • West 106th Street: http://www.grownyc.org/strangersgategreenmarket

Street Fairs: Love ’em or not

The ubiquitous fall and spring street fairs can be a real headache when avenue closings cause bus detours and traffic jams. But they’re lots of fun, whether you’re enjoying a sausage and pepper hero, adding to your fall wardrobe at one of the clothing vendors, or just “people-watching.” A great outdoor stroll on a sunny autumn Saturday or Sunday.

Please check back as I add more ideas for Autumn in New York to this post.


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