What’s Doing in New York City in the Fall

By Jesse Sokolow on 30 July 2015
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While the calendar may say July, autumn in New York City will soon be here. With the advent of autumn come new Broadway shows, museum exhibitions, and holiday activities, including the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will entice many visitors to the metropolis.

With markedly cooler weather, (the fall season’s unofficial start is the day after Labor Day), the city will be far more hospitable to outdoor adventures and simply walking around its various neighborhoods, taking in the sights.


Grand, sweeping views of the city are available from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center, today known as the Comcast Building and previously known as the RCA Building and the GE Building. The Top of the Rock, its observation deck, is a popular attraction for sightseers.

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However, the premier spot to gaze out over the city and surrounding boroughs, as well as northern New Jersey, are the 86th and 102nd floor observation decks of the Empire State Building, which stands on the site of the original Waldorf Astoria hotel. The decks are among the most visited in the world, and the Empire State Building actually derives more revenue from ticket sales to its observation decks than it does from renting office space.

Opened this past spring, One World Observatory at One World Trade Center offers unparalleled views of the rest of the city, as well as lower New York harbor with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, from New York’s financial district. The tower stands at a symbolic 1,776 feet (541 meters), in honor of the year America’s Declaration of Independence was signed, and is the second tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere (after the CN Tower in Toronto).

Many new Broadway shows as well as revivals are slated to open this fall. “China Doll,” starring Al Pacino is the story of a billionaire who just bought a new airplane for his young fiancée as he transitions to semiretirement. “School of Rock” is the story of a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star who lands a job as a substitute teacher at a prep school, discovers that his students have great musical talent, and goes on to conquer the Battle of the Bands. Come November, a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” will bring Sholom Aleichem’s stories of Tevye and his daughters to the stage.

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