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With fall's approach in New York City, the summer heat begins to break and festivals pop up in every borough, celebrating the start of a new season. Feel the excitement and join in NYC traditions like the Village Halloween Parade, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the ING New York City Marathon. This fall also brings a fresh crop of cultural offerings, from museum and exhibit openings to a new batch of Broadway shows. Find endless exciting happenings sure to entertain any visitor, from the first falling leaves in city parks to the season's first snowfall.
New in NYC
Statue of LIberty Reopens
On December 15, the brand-new Museum of Math opens its doors, steps from Madison Square Park. The institution, which will be the only mathematics museum in the country, aims to kindle excitement about math by featuring special programs and interactive exhibits catered to all ages and learning levels.
Museum of Mathematics
NYC & Company and CityMaps recently unveiled a brand-new NYC Map app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Visitors can locate nearby restaurants, shops, entertainment, nightlife and hotels through easily recognizable logos and icons. Plus they can book dinner reservations, access parking locations and rates, and receive real-time offers from top deal sites. NYC Map is available for free in the US iTunes store.
Planning for the Holidays
While one of the City's grandest celebrations is the Village Halloween Parade on October 31—when over 50,000 costumed characters, lavish floats and live bands march up Sixth Avenue—big scares and spooky events take place throughout New York City all month long. Thrills and chills abound, from Coney Island's nine-night haunted amusement park, Nights of Horror, to After Dark: The Haunting, eight unforgettably realistic nights of scares at Madame Tussauds New York.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
November 9–December 30
The world-famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the stunning Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, returns for its 85th season. The show combines classic scenes like "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "New York at Christmas" with brand-new numbers and special effects.
November 15–December 24
Complete your holiday gift list with unexpected finds from local vendors—ornaments, clothing, accessories, even edible treats—at New York City's pop-up holiday markets. The largest and most popular are in Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal and Union Square.
New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show
November 17–January 13
This holiday classic features model trains that weave in and out of handcrafted miniatures of New York City's built environment, made entirely out of seeds, bark, leaves, fungi and other botanical resources.
Origami Holiday Tree
November 19–January 6
This 13-foot holiday tree, an American Museum of Natural History tradition, draws inspiration from the museum's collection for its 500 folded designs.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 86-year-old Thanksgiving tradition continues, with celebrities, Broadway performers, balloon creatures, floats and Santa's seasonal debut. This year, the parade will march along a new route. Beginning at West 77th Street, the procession will head down Central Park West, and travel east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue, then proceed south from West 59th Street to West 34th Street, ending in front of the Macy's flagship store in Herald Square. Pick a spot along the sidelines early for the best view.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
November 23–December 30
The New York City Ballet has performed George Balanchine's classic annually since 1954, making it one of the City's signature family-friendly holiday traditions.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
The annual lighting of the towering Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree marks the start of the holiday season. The ceremony begins at 7pm and features celebrity guests, live performances and music. All holiday season long, the tree is a spectacular sight, especially from the Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink below.
A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour
November 30–December 31
More than 100,000 people flock to the festive homes of Dyker Heights each holiday season to see the over-the-top Christmas decorations. This tour passes through the colorful neighborhoods and ends at an Italian pastry shop with a toasty hot chocolate and tasty cannoli.
Christmas in Richmond Town
Staten Island's historic town hosts an old-timey celebration with treats, carolers and storytelling, culminating with a tree-lighting ceremony at the end of the day. Tour the decorated village, decorated for the holiday and listen to the bell choir inside the Historical Museum, shop for gifts, take photos with Santa or settle in for a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah
Welcome Hanukkah with the lighting of the world's largest menorah, a 32-foot-high, 4,000-pound steel icon, at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. A candle will be illuminated each night throughout the holiday.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
See Dr. Seuss' timeless holiday tale of the mean green Grinch on stage at Madison Square Garden, featuring such signature songs from the film adaptation as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas."
Re-Make the Holidays
The New York Hall of Science's four-day festival, which looks to redefine ideas about the holiday season, features workshops, demonstrations, screenings and science-inspired food stands.
New Year's Eve in Times Square
An estimated 1 million revelers gather in Times Square to ring in the New Year each December 31. The celebration begins at 6pm, with special appearances and performances by musicians, entertainers, politicians and more in anticipation of the world-famous ball drop.
Hotels with views of the annual event include the following (ask for rooms overlooking the ball when booking):
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton New York City–Times Square
- Millennium Broadway
- New York Marriott Marquis
- Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square
- W New York - Times Square
New Year's Eve Grand Army Plaza Fireworks
Brooklyn hosts its own New Year's Eve celebration with fireworks just off Prospect Park. The show begins at midnight, with the best places for viewing along Prospect Park's West Drive and between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
Upcoming Events and Exhibitions
Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus
September 20–November 18
The Public Art Fund's latest installment lets the viewer see the City as the statue of Christopher Columbus might see it, from an exhibition space six stories above Columbus Circle. The free installation, created by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, features a modern living room with large windows giving way to sweeping views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan.
New York Comedy Festival
A festival of laughs takes over the City's comedy clubs. This year's guest list includes rising stars and old favorites, from Aziz Ansari to Robin Williams.
The New Victory Theater's 2012–2013 Season
October 12–June 9
Fall highlights at this family-focused theater include a Colombian circus, an opera based on a book by His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman and a play that deconstructs a much-maligned but misunderstood character from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2012 Season
November 28–December 30
The season brings the Ailey debut of Czech choreographer Jirí Kylián with Petite Mort, the first staging of Garth Fagan's From Before and new productions of Ronald K. Brown's Grace.
Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
The Museum of Arts and Design
Through January 6
Through a selection of objects from philanthropist Doris Duke’s impressive collection of Islamic art along with works by contemporary artists, the Museum of Arts and Design presents a comprehensive look into her former Honolulu home that is now a center that focuses on Islamic art and cultures.
Lunch Hour NYC
The New York Public Library
Through February 17
This exhibition examines more than a century of the City’s busy lunch rush, pulling from the library’s vast resources to tell the story of how the City operates between the hours of noon and 2pm.
Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 4–September 29
The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the centennial of its Arms and Armor Department, focusing on the department’s tireless and passionate founder, Bashford Dean.
Picasso Black and White
The Guggenheim Museum
October 5–January 23
See the renowned Spanish artist's creations from 1904 to 1971 with close to 110 limited-hue masterpieces on display, ranging from sculpture to painting.
WWII & NYC
New-York Historical Society
October 5–May 27
Through archival loans from the US Navy, Smithsonian Institution, Mariners' Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition parses how the presence of troops, propaganda-fueled media outlets and other wartime influences changed the City's landscape.
Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture
American Museum of Natural History
November 17–August 2013
Explore the history of growing, transporting, cooking, tasting and celebrating food in this new exhibit, which also examines environmental and human health, food security and the future of eating.
The upcoming Broadway season brings a revival of Annie, along with musical renditions of popular holiday films Elf and A Christmas Story. Upcoming plays include Cyrano de Bergerac, Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino, and Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts.
Hotel de Point
Opened August 2012
Queens — Flushing
Hotel Indigo Brooklyn
Opened August 2012
Brooklyn — Downtown
124 rooms and 4 suites
DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan
Manhattan — Midtown East
742 rooms and 22 suites
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
Manhattan — Meatpacking District
163 rooms and 23 suites
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NYC & Company Signature Programs
NYC & Company, the New York Comedy Festival, Comedy Central and Carolines on Broadway present the second annual Comedy Week, celebrating all the laughs that make NYC the comedy capital of the world, from November 5 to 11. Highlights include a free show featuring Comedy Central's sketch-comedy duo, Key and Peele.
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