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Cool Things to Do in NYC This Fall

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Thrillist recently posted a guide to cool things to do in NYC this fall. We were so excited about the activities they picked out that we decided to share a few below. Click here for the original article with ll the activity ideas.

Get a sneak peek of the city’s architectural secrets

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Virtual/Citywide
Open House New York, which lets New Yorkers peek inside some of the city’s most amazing (and off-limits) architecture for one weekend every fall, is shifting this year’s festival to offer unprecedented access even in the time of coronavirus. With a combination of virtual tours, citywide scavenger hunts, hyperlocal itineraries, and self-guided outdoor adventures, you’ll get an up-close look at NYC’s most incredible spots — right from the comfort of your own apartment, if you’d prefer. 

Watch the New York Film Festival go virtual

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Virtual
The show will go on at the annual New York Film Festival, which brings films and filmmakers to the city every fall. This year, it’ll be a hybrid of virtual and in-person events, allowing you to take part in the 58-year tradition while staying safe and socially distanced. They’ve also added new folks to their curatorial team, ensuring diverse programming with films by and starring people of color. Catch a short film or a documentary, listen in on a panel, or watch a live performance — the New York Film Festival makes it all happen.

Kick off Halloween season with a trip to the cemetery

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Virtual/Greenwood
Want to up the spooky factor this fall? While 2020 seems like it was frightening enough, there are still plenty of scares to be had. Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery — the final resting place of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, and “Boss” Tweed, among many other New York notables — is great for forest bathing and has both virtual and IRL events to put you in the Halloween mood. Join a Zoom meeting of the “Death Café” or BYO cocktail to the cemetery grounds for a happy hour with a historical tour of the cemetery’s spooky secrets. 

Have your own feast of San Gennaro

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Little Italy
For only the second time since 1926, the Feast of San Gennaro has been canceled this year. Started by immigrants from Naples in Little Italy, it was a small gathering on Mulberry Street to break bread and raise funds for needy neighbors. As the feast evolved, it turned into an 11-day street fair in September complete with sugar-dusted zeppole and spicy sausages served from street vendors. Even though the feast is canceled, you can DIY your own celebration through the city’s Open Streets program — Mulberry Street from Broome to Hester will be closed to car traffic through the end of October, so you can eat your way through Little Italy like it’s 1926. 

Hop the Staten Island ferry to go pumpkin picking

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Staten Island
Take the ferry to Staten Island’s historic Decker Farm for tractor-pulled autumnal hay rides, an Instagram-worthy stroll through a pumpkin patch, and a bungee-controlled “pumpkin chucker” to release all your anger at 2020 by smashing rotten pumpkins into smithereens. Since the pumpkin picking at the farm is all outside, it’s easy to keep your social distance from the rest of the farm-goers while looking cute in your infinity scarf, booties, and Pumpkin Spice-colored mask.

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