central park fall colors By Steven McKenzie

New York can be hot and stuffy at times in the height of summer but with the approach of autumn things begin to change.

Summer officially ends in New York on the Day of the Labour Day Parade which is usually the second Monday in September. It is a federal holiday and the Parade was first held in 1882. Fortunately for tourists, although banks and post offices close, none of New York’s restaurants, bars and attractions follow suit.

The March is along 5th Avenue, from 44th up to 72nd Street, beginning at 10am. If you want to watch and make your way towards the end of the route there are many things in Upper Manhattan to do and see after the Parade has finished.

The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy in Manhattan is something not to miss if you are in New York in mid September. It has been held since 1926 and commemorates the martyrdom of San Gennaro in Naples in 325AD. It is held over four days and begins with a Cannoli Eating Contest and continues with a blessing of all the restaurants in the neighbourhood.

The main Parade is held on Saturday with many colourful floats, music and dance and a statue of San Gennaro. The Feast follows on Monday after a mass to celebrate him and a religious procession. Why not eat in any of the Italian restaurants in Little Italy during the festivities or simply buy food from the stalls but be warned it will be busy so if you’re travelling as a family it is best to avoid the weekend and evenings.

The Columbus Day Parade is in mid October and has been held since 1929. It is the biggest event in the Italian American calendar and takes a similar route to the Labour Day Parade and over 35,000 take part so the Parade lasts several hours. It attracts over 1m spectators each year so be prepared.

All the while through September and October the autumn leaves are turning gold and brown and falling. There are few better places to see this than in Central Park where there is a variety of trees, maple, oak and elm that can arguably be seen at their best in the autumn.

However another way to see these wonderful autumn colours is from a ferry, perhaps the one going right round Manhattan Island where the northern section still has some forest which has long gone from the main parts of Manhattan.

Autumn is still fairly mild so there is the chance of enjoying the surrounding of falling leaves while having a picnic but winter soon approaches, not before Halloween of course, another special time to be in New York.

There is also the Annual New York Marathon before the winter comes. It is the largest marathon in the World and has been run since 1970 and attracts a world class field every year but also includes thousands of charity runners.

Don’t feel as though you have to compete if you’re in New York in late autumn but take a look at the event among the many other things that autumn offers.

This article was written by Steven on behalf of Nycvacationrentalsonline.com, a provider of vacation rental apartments in New York and holiday rentals NYC.

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