Fall is the season for beautifully burnt colors, the first chill of the season, football, tailgates, pumpkin spice added to all of our favorite beverages and giant piles of leave that are always more fun to demolish in theory than in practice. In NYC,, the autumn season is really about so much more than that. It’s about festivals of food and film and music and wine. It’s about brand new exhibitions flooding our museums- the greatest in the world. It’s about Broadway shows – 8 of them – opening the curtains for the first time. It’s about the beginning of the holiday season with Christmas Trees and giant turkeys and Rockettes and Nutcrackers. Here are 44 reasons to be excited about Fall 2014 in NYC:
- New York Film Festival is back in town (September 26-October 12)
- So is the NYC Independent Film Festival (October 15-19)
- And don’t forget the Big Apple Film Festival (November 5-9)
- There’s even a Horror Film Festival in NYC this Fall (November 13-16)
- But it’s not just about movies… The New York Wine and Food Festival comes this Fall (October 16-19)
- The Prospect Park Food Truck Rally is live on every first and third Sundays of the month (until October 19)
- New York Comic Con hits the Javits Center (October 9-12)
- The Global Citizen Festival is a free* concert with Jay Z and Carrie Underwood and more awesome people (September 27)
- And the CBGB Festival highlights younger bands with lots of free and cheap shows (October 8-12)
- The Village Halloween Parade is one of NYC most extravagant annual events (October 31)
There are 6 new exhibitions at MoMa
- Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor (October 4)
- Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (October 12)
- Sturtevant: Double Trouble (November 9)
- Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities (November 22)
- Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 (December 13)
- The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World (December 14)
And 3 new exhibitions at the Guggenheim
- Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s (October 10)
- V. Gaitonde: Painting as Progress, Painting as Life (October 24)
- Wang Jianwei: Time Temple (October 31)
And 2 new exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum
- Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (October 3)
- Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound (October 24)
And 7 new exhibitions at The Met
- Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age (September 22)
- Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered (September 30)
- Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry (October 8)
- Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (October 21)
- Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague (November 4)
- El Greco in New York (November 4)
- The Art of Collecting Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 2003-2014 (November 11)
And 8 Broadway Premieres
- On The Town (October 16)
- Disgraced (October 23)
- The Last Ship (October 26)
- The Real Thing (October 30)
- The River (November 16)
- Side Show (November 17)
- A Delicate Balance (November 20)
- The Elephant Man (December 7)
Plus, it’s the start of the Holiday Season!
- Thanksgiving means the Macy’s Day Parade (November 27)
- And what comes the first Wednesday after the fourth Thursday of November? The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (December 3)
- Our annual Holiday Lights Double Decker Bus Tour begins (December 4)
- Bryant Park Holiday Shops will be open once again (November)
- As will the Central Park Ice Rink, which is just beautiful with the burnt orange of the trees (November)
- The Salvation Army posts up all across the city with dances and songs (December)
- And the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is back for another year (November 7-December 31)
- Last but not least, The Nutcracker takes Lincoln Center by storm (November 28-January 3)
Fall in NYC has so much to offer! What are you most excited for this coming season? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork
This week in NYC is highlighted by weekend festivals and outdoor film!
See movies in Central Park every night this week during the Central Park Conservatory Film Festival beginning Monday, August 18-22
The Met Opera Summer HD Festival kicks off Friday, August 22-September 1
The AfroPunk Festival comes to Brooklyn Saturday, August 23-24
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival comes to Marcus Garvey and Tompkins Square Parks this weekend Saturday, August 23-24
Head over to the US Open Site in Queens for Arthur Ashe Kids Day leading up to the big tournament Saturday, August 23
And a few other far-too-early-to-be-talked-about questions about the holiday season in NYC.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas in NYC, it doesn’t get much better than that. What’s that, it’s 92 degrees out today? Summer still has another month left? Yes, these things are true, but right around the beginning of August is when we begin consistently receiving questions about Christmas in NYC, so it’s time we start planning our holiday vacations while we answer your questions in a special holiday edition of NYC FAQ:
When is the 2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting?
This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 3 beginning at 7 p.m. Remember, get there early if you want a good spot of the show.
When does the NYC Holiday Lights Bus Tour begin?
Each year, Gray Line New York turns our Night Tour into a specially themed Holiday Lights Tour catered to the incredible sights and sounds NYC puts on during the season. Between the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, 5th Avenue’s awesome holiday decorations, Macy’s light show, and so much more, we had to dedicate a tour to the season. This year, the Holiday Lights Tour begins on Thursday, December 4th, the day after the Christmas Tree Lighting.
Where is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree?
The easy answer is Rockefeller Plaza.
The more appropriate answer is that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree can be found between 5th and 6th Avenues on the plaza that connects 49th and 50th streets. You can approach the tree from the side by walking down one of those blocks and entering the plaza, or you can go to 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th streets to enter with the traditional view of the tree. There will almost always be a crowd on 5th Avenue taking pictures during the holiday season, so just look out for them.
How long will the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree be lit?
The tree will be lit for the first time on December 3rd and remain lit until January 7th, 2015. Aside from a few special days during this stretch, the tree will remain lit until 12 a.m. each night.
Will there be any other tree lightings in NYC during the holiday season?
Yes! Most people are only familiar with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, but there are quite a few trees in NYC that have lighting ceremonies and remain lit for an extended period of time. Here are just a few:
- The American Museum of Natural History has an Origami Holiday Tree on display
- Bryant Park hosts one of the best trees in Manhattan at the top of their skating rink
- Winter’s Eve in Lincoln Square is on December 1 this year
- The New York Stock Exchange Tree will rise for the 91st time this year
- The World’s Largest Menorah can be found on 59th and Central Park South
Where can I go ice skating in NYC?
There are a few places to go ice skating underneath the cold, night sky in NYC. The most popular spot is Rockefeller Center, right below the big Christmas Tree. The Bryant Park Ice Rink is another beautiful park to go skating, surrounded by the Holiday Shops. Our third recommendation goes to the Central Park ice rink, which has some incredible views of the skyline.
The holiday season in NYC is truly as good as it gets. Decorations hang high, music and lights serenade the city streets, smiles will cover the faces of all and holiday cheer will capture will our hearts. Are you coming to NYC for the holidays? Do you have more questions that we didn’t cover? Let us know about it on twitter @GrayLineNewYork.
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This week in NYC act like you live in the 1920’s, watch the next big internet sensations perform live and get in that last great meal before it’s too late!
Gavin Degraw takes on SummerStage Wednesday, August 13
The OMG Music Fest is coming to NYC Friday, August 15
Restaurant Week comes to a close Friday, August 15
The Jazz Age Lawn Party is back on Governers Island this weekend Saturday, August 16, 17
Children’s Jazz, Giglio di Sant’ Antonio and Luke Bryan highlight this week’s main events in NYC:
Take the kids to an ‘All Jazzed Up’ performance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan Wednesday, August 6