Fall in NYC 2016

Not everything about fall in the Big Apple involves the flavors of pumpkin spice. With a plethora of interesting events and places to experience, even during the crisp autumn weather New York remains one of the greatest places in the world to visit. So sit back, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the colors of the season in a fashion only the Big Apple can deliver.

Walk through Central Park

Whether you’re simply walking through the colorful foliage or enjoying one of the season’s special events, Central Park is the perfect place to begin any fall adventure in the big city. Grab the Fall Guide to Central Park from the official website before you plan your adventure to ensure your visit entails all you are hoping for.

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms

Produce doesn’t get more local than the rooftop farms of Brooklyn Grange. Growing over 50,000 pounds of organically cultivated produce per year, these farming specialists do more than just supply the city with fresh produce, like hosting farm tours as well as other educational and creative events. Practice your sun salutations or create your own bitters or household items during their special workshops and dive into fall with a more eco-friendly mindset.

NYC Marathon

Guaranteed entry into the marathon may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the marathon in your own way. With a week’s worth of events including 5Ks, finish line seats, a Marathon Eve dinner, motor coach bus tours and the Blue Line Lounge, the NYC Marathon offers something for runners and spectators alike.

New York Comedy Festival

Tuesday Nov 1- Sunday Nov 6

Laughter is said to be the best medicine, so chortle away all that ails you during New York’s most hilarious week of the year. A host of the best comedians in the world like Bill Maher, Fred Armisen, Bridget Everett, and Hannibal Burress come together to provide six days of nonstop laughter to the city that never sleeps.

Fall Forest Weekends

Nov 5- Nov 13

Even the concrete jungle changes colors in autumn, but if you’re looking for some traditional fall foliage there’s nowhere better than the New York Botanical Gardens and the Thain Family Forest. Displaying a stunning array of colors alongside guided tours, the first two weekends in November are the perfect time to enjoy the colors of the season in all their glory.

Ghosts of New York Walking Tour

Whether they’re the spirits of the dead, memories of our ancestors, or ghost of Christmases past, the fall season is the time of year when specters emerge once again. Discover the terrifying secrets of New York City with one of many walking through some of the city’s oldest haunts.

Hot Chocolate

Treat yourself to something sweet in the city and keep yourself warm as the temperature cools. There’s no better drink for the fall season than a hot chocolate and the city has more options than anyone could ever imagine. Whether it’s Max Brenner’s chocolate shop focused flavors or a spicy Mexican hot chocolate from Hecho En Dumbo, the city that never sleeps is prepared to keep you wired on hot chocolate for the entirety of your stay.

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Sam Adams Tap Takeover 2016

There’s a beer for every season, and a season for every beer. With all the delicious craft beers out there now, finding the perfect beer for you throughout the year can become a bit of a challenge, so The Roosevelt is bringing you some of the best beers available to help you decide. Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at the Vander Bar this year as Sam Adam’s takes over all of our taps with an incredible array of beers chosen for the season. Whether you’re a fan of IPA’s, lagers or stouts, Sam Adams’ Tap Takeover will offer you a delicious brew to quench your craft beer thirst from September 17th all the way until October 3rd.

Start your adventure with a Sam Adams Grumpy Monk, a Belgian IPA with hints of spicy cloves and fruits mixed in with strong taste of brazen hops, the perfect crisp taste for the transition from summer to fall. If you’re looking for something less hoppy, Sam Adam’s Octoberfest blends the hearty taste of malts with a smooth caramel taste to create one of the signature Marzens in its collection. Those looking for something a little more adventurous should try the Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, a funky brew that combines the complex flavors of dark fruits, cherry, cocao and vanilla with the sweetness of Belgian candi sugar to create a smooth taste. Aged in oak barrels this brew is a unique ale that can only be truly appreciated through personal experience. As an added treat, Sam Adam’s Longshot Neighborino Flander’s Red Ale combines the qualities of beer with a red wine inspired flavor complimented by notes of cherries with a woody malty finish to go with the changing color of the fall.

If you’re looking for pumpkin beers to get you in the mood for the upcoming holidays, try out the Traveler’s Jack O Traveler or Conery Island Brewing’s Freaktober Fest. These delicious pumpkin brews combine a hearty malt flavor with hints of pumpkin to create the perfect beer for an autumn evening in the city.

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What to do Labor Day Weekend 2016

For those of us not in the food or service industry, Labor Day is an annual escape from the work week and a celebration of fair labor laws established by labor unions in the early 1900’s. Celebrate your escape from work this year with a visit to the greatest city in the world and make something special out of your long weekend.

Electric Zoo Music Festival

Fri Sep 2 – Sun Sep 4 | 20 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Get ready to go wild this Labor Day weekend with the 8th annual Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s island park. With four stages hosting the biggest names in EDM, like Steve Aoki, Datsik, Porter Robinson, Bassnectar, and many more, this year’s Wild Island promises a weekend of electrifying music and crazy fun, all wrapped up in an unforgettably eccentric package.

NYC Unicycle Festival

Sep 2 2pm, Sep 3 and 4 12-5pm | Battery Park to Central Park/Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island

Find a new sense of balance with this celebration of a lesser known means of transportation and gather with enthusiasts, inventors, amateurs, and many more attendants all looking to enjoy an unusual but exciting time exploring everything a single-wheeled vehicle is truly capable of.

Twelfth Night

Fri Sep 2 – Mon Sep 5 | 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Add a little humor to your Labor Day weekend with a musical adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night. This humorous tale plays out at the Delacourt in Central Park thanks to The Public’s continuing Public Works project and is free for all to attend, but if you plan on going, make sure to pick up your tickets early as there is frequently a long line.

West Side Country Fair

Sun Sep 4 1-6pm | Pier I in Riverside Park South, 500 W 70th Street, New York, NY 10023

Presented by Summer on the Hudson, the West Side County Fair brings the best of a small town fair to the big city. Complete with carnival rides and games, bands, performers and delicious local foods and merchandise, this fair brings the small town charm to the big city in an exciting way. The best part is, it’s completely free!

BR Day New York

Sun Sep 4 | Little Brazil – West 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, NY

Celebrate the Brazilian day of independence with the festivities in Little Brazil. Held every year on Labor Day this celebration features traditional food dishes, dancing, and music from popular Brazilian entertainers like Preta Gil, and Jota Quest.

New York Caribbean Carnival Parade

Mon Sep 5 11am-6pm | Schenectady Ave and Eastern Pkwy to Brooklyn Museum

Following a weekend of festivities, join nearly 2 million revelers as they take to the streets in sequins and feathers accompanying a parade of floats in one of New York’s most colorful and exciting parades. Dance along and indulge in the culture through music, cultural displays, and delicious traditional cuisine like jerk chicken.

Great North River Tugboat Race

Sunday Sep 4 9am-2pm | Pier 83, West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with the hardest working ship of all, the tugboat. Witness the race for superiority at 10:30 from either the pier or on-board a spectator ship, and stay after the race for more nautical themed fun. A Popeye-style spinach eating contest tests your true strength while line-toss and nose-to-nose pushing contests allow guests to compete as well. The event is fun for the whole family with plenty for all ages to participate in.

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