Fall in an Hour or Less: 7 Fall Activities For the Busiest New Yorkers

As New Yorkers, we are always fully immersed in the hustle and bustle of the big city, running to and from work, meetings, and class, finding it difficult to locate a moment to spare. Yet, around September, along with the cool crisp breeze, a beautiful mosaic of autumn leaves inundates the city, forcing every New Yorker to take a break (even if it’s just for an hour or less) to formally welcome the picturesque season: fall.

Below are several fall-inspired activities for the busiest New Yorkers:

1. Visit the Dog Run in Washington Square Park 

When you’re alongside frolicking dogs, your troubles just seem to melt away. Take a break from work or studying to enjoy the crisp fall breeze alongside some of New York’s furry friends at the Washington Square Park Dog Run.

Duration of Activity: 15-30 minutes

2. Bake Fall Cookies in Pajamas


The season is incomplete without something warm and pumpkin flavored. Put on your coziest pajamas to bake a quick batch of Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies. This treat goes great with a glass of milk and good company.

Duration of Activity: 28 minutes

3. Stop by Starbucks & Try a Fall-Inspired Drink or Snack


Satisfy your caffeine craving by trying one of the items on Starbucks’ Fall Menu. The Starbucks Fall Beverage Trio includes the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha, and Oprah’s Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte.

Already had your coffee for the day? Try a fall-inspired snack, such as a Pumpkin Scone or Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin.

Duration of Activity: 10 minutes

4. Check Out the Union Square Farmer’s Market


For those who can’t venture out of the city to enjoy a festive pumpkin patch, take some time to browse through an “urban pumpkin patch” in the heart of Union Square. A busy, outdoor market open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M., The Union Square Greenmarket, regularly offers produce, cheese, bread, and flowers. But in the fall, one can find an endless supply of fresh pumpkins and apples.

Duration of Activity: 30-40 minute

5. Attend a New York Fashion Week Show

For those who want a taste of spring in the midst of the fall season, attending a New York Fashion Week show is a must. Previewing their spring/summer collections, designers are given the opportunity to wow their audiences from September 8-15th.

Duration of Activity: 1 hour

6. Stroll Through Central Park 


Postcard worthy foliage? Yes, please!! Enjoy the radiant reds, burning oranges, and brilliant yellows as they dress Central Park entirely in crisp leaves. A quick stroll through the famous park will leave you feeling straight out of the film “When Harry Met Sally.”

Duration of Activity: 20-30 minutes

7. Go to the Bagel Store in Williamsburg for a Festive Rainbow Bagel

Looking for an Instagram worthy opportunity? This is it. Head on down to Williamsburg to the quaint, little Bagel Store which specializes in the infamous Rainbow Bagel, featured on the Food Network. Not fall enough for you? Try switching out your ordinary cream cheese spread for the homemade pumpkin pie cream cheese made in house!

Go around 1pm to avoid waiting in long lines!

Duration of Activity: 1 hour

Take this quiz to see which fall activity you should do IMMEDIATELY!

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