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New York

New York is known as the city that never sleeps and little wonder, with so much to see and do in this glittering metropolis. The Big Apple is instantly recognisable from its appearances in countless movies, and you will feel like a film star on a New York holiday.

Marvel at the city’s towering skyscrapers. Browse its famous museums then take in a Broadway show. Shop ‘til you drop on Fifth Avenue then sip cosmopolitans in a trendy Manhattan bar. Whether on a city break or longer holiday, we guarantee that you will want to be a part of New York.

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Find out what's on in New York this October

October sees the Autumnal season begin, and with it a mesmerising change in New York’s foliage. Take a walk through Central Park to see the wonderful colours of fall. The Big Apple is still very busy in October, with plenty of festivals, art shows and new plays at the theatres happening all over the city.

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New York filim festival.

1-7 October

The New York Film Festival has, since 1963, brought new and inventive cinema to the Lincoln Center. This year is no different, so between 25 September and 11 October, the festival includes panel discussions, filmmaker chats, and of course screenings of Avant-Garde films from around the world.

With a cinematic start to the week, the BBC’s Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on 7 October. Star of the show Michelle Gomez, who plays villainous timelord Missy, hosts these performances. Expect mesmerising music alongside the Doctor’s most feared rivals, such as Daleks and Cybermen. Not to be missed.

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Comic con.

8-14 October

Now a feature in every major city, New York’s Comic Con is the biggest on the East Coast. Taking place at the Javits Center, in the heart of Midtown, on 8 to 11 October. This fun weekend of comics, cosplay and meeting of celebs will entertain the whole family.

Celebrating Italian-American culture and of course, the ‘discovery’ of America, the annual Columbus Day Parade held on Fifth Avenue plays host to 35,000 marchers. Add to this the crowd of one million and you have got a big party on 12 October. Expect music, dancing and singing in traditional Italian-style.

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15-21 October

Thanks to the late great chef Josh Ozersky, you can find all the meat you can eat at this great festival – Meatopia. Hosted by his friend and fellow carnivore Michael Symon, this wonderful day of bbq, braising and burgers will have your mouth watering. Taking place at Pier 91 on 18 October, this is a meat-lover’s paradise.

Taking place 13 to 17 October all over Manhattan and drawing over 120,000 people to its 35th year. CMJ Music Marathon is a force to be reckoned with in New York’s music scene. Not just a music festival, but a series of seminars and panel discussions on the future of the industry in over 70 different venues.

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22-28 October

On 28 October, the Statue of Liberty celebrates her 129th birthday – she was given to the United States of America in June 1885 and dedicated in October 1886. If you want to celebrate with this huge lady, then head over to Liberty Island, and bring a lot of cake.

New York’s most famous film fan and influential auteur Martin Scorsese has lent his name to a great collection of film art at the MoMA, to keep cinema culture alive for generations to come. These 34 works from the Scorsese Collects exhibition can be seen until 25 October, from European art house to film noir classics.

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Art garden life.

29-31 October

It’s your last chance to see Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life at the New York Botanical Gardens, which finishes 1 November. The exhibition is the first to explore Frida Kahlo’s appreciation of the natural world. A rare display of more than a dozen original paintings awaits, all featuring plants and animals of Frida’s famed garden at her home in Casa Azul.

And last but not least, the infamous Village Halloween Parade takes place on Saturday 31 October starting at 6th Avenue and Canal Street in Greenwich Village. This is one of the most creative and spooky public events in the world, with over 53 bands, hundreds of puppets and dancers all dressed up in their finest Halloween costumes.

Find out what's on in New York this November

As ever, the events happening in the Big Apple this November are- well, big. The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the New York City Marathon, festivals a-plenty and a large helping of festive cheer complete New York’s packed November diary.

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1-6 November

Be a part of the incredible atmosphere when the New York City Marathon sees the streets of the Big Apple teeming with runners, on 1 November. Join the hordes of cheering spectators lining the race route from Staten Island to Central Park.

Then indie film fans won’t want to miss The Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF). Coming to Village East Cinemas from 4 to 7 November, this event showcases outstanding new movies from New York City’s independent filmmakers. Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Eisenberg and Alan Cumming are among the previous honoured guests.

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Latin American cultural week.

7-13 November

Peruse an awe-inspiring array of historical and contemporary art during The Salon Art + Design exhibition, from 12 to 16 November. Over 50 galleries from around the world will display works ranging from 18th-century cabinets to cutting-edge pieces from up-and-coming designers, at the Park Avenue Armory.

Or immerse yourself in a feast of music, dance, theatre and more, during Latin American Cultural Week from 12 to 22 November. This vibrant arts festival at various Manhattan venues celebrates, and aims to promote awareness of, the rich diversity of Latin America’s cultures.

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Union square holiday market.

14-20 November

Eminent dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp celebrates her phenomenally successful five decade-career with a double-bill of new work at The Joyce Theater. Tharp brings her visionary choreography to the J S Bach-scored PRELUDES AND FUGUES, and the humorous YOWZIE. From 17 to 22 November.

Then from 19 November to 24 December, soak up the festive atmosphere while wandering the holly-adorned aisles of the Union Square Holiday Market Sip hot chocolate and browse for Christmas gifts, from stalls that offer everything from handmade jewellery to gourmet foods.

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New york macys day.

21-27 November

Calling all wine buffs… Sample over 175 fine wines at the NYC Autumn Wine Festival on 21 November. In the beautiful setting of the Broad Street Ballroom, opposite the New York Stock Exchange, taste expertly selected wines while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and live jazz music.

Then get ready for one of the biggest events in the capital city’s calendar... Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, on 26 November. Televised across the nation, this iconic event sees a three-hour procession of giant inflatables, colourful floats and marching bands make its way through the streets of New York City.

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Red hot hockey.

28-30 November

The perennially popular clash between long-time hockey rivals Boston University and Cornell, returns to Madison Square Garden on 28 November. The college hockey giants’ biennial showdown, ‘Red Hot Hockey’ has consistently been a sell-out event, so snap up your tickets while you can.

Then kick-start the Christmas season with an evening of festive cheer, at the Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square on 30 November. Sample culinary delights from Lincoln Square’s finest eateries while enjoying an array of live entertainment, at New York City’s largest Christmas festival.

Find out what's on in New York this December

New York sparkles in December as Christmas trees, festive window displays and holiday lights transform the city into a whimsical winter wonderland. The festivities are already in full swing as December begins and conclude with larger than life New Year’s Eve celebrations – New York style.

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1–7 December

Gather with the masses as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is illuminated in all its glory on 2 December – complete with twinkling lights in their tens of thousands and a 9.5-foot-diameter Swarovski-crystal star. Proceedings begin at 7pm and include celebrity performances and live entertainment. If you don’t fancy battling the crowds, the tree stays lit until 6 January.

You know Christmas is on its way when the famous Rockettes arrive at the Radio City Music Hall. You can enjoy 90-minutes of festive fun at the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular throughout December, with the last show on 3 January. This seasonal favourite is very popular, so grab tickets before they sell out.

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The Rink at Rockefeller.

8-14 December

Book tickets for Elf the Musical, a charming musical interpretation of the 2003 Will Ferrell film, Elf. Showing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden from 9 to 27 December, this heart-warming tale, about a man who grew up in the North Pole, is the ideal show for the festive season.

Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols at The Rink at Rockefeller Center’s Tuba concert on 13 December. Join hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players at 3:30pm.

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Make Music Winter.

15–21 December

Make Music Winter is a free, outdoor musical event that takes place on 21 December. To mark the first day of winter, over a thousand free concerts are held in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. From morning until night, musicians of all ages embrace music that spans the genres for this unique event.

Absorb the twinkling glow of the Haupt Conservatory, as model trains run around a miniature New York, at The New York Botanic Garden’s Holiday Train Show - which runs throughout December. A must-see Christmas attraction, the whole family will be entranced by this display of 150 landmarks, which include the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center.

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22–28 December

Book tickets for A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens’ classic about Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. It will be showing at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village until 30 December – so don’t miss out.

Or see one of the world’s best-loved musicals, Annie, which is showing at King’s Theatre Brooklyn from 15 to 27 December. Enjoy this brand new incarnation of the iconic original, which includes a Tony Award®-winning book and score, and sing along to much-loved classics, such as “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow”.

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Times Square.

29–31 December

The New Year’s Eve party spirit is infectious in Times Square as crowds gather to see the famous ball drop at midnight. Arrive early and absorb the electric atmosphere. Enjoy views of Central Park and live jazz at Ring in The Swing: A New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Lincoln Centre.

Or combine music and dancing with a four-mile Midnight Run – a truly unique way to bring in the new year. The pre-race celebration atmosphere starts with a dance party. Then at the stroke of midnight, thousands of runners embark on their first run of the year…to the backdrop of a spectacular firework display.

New York weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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  • Feb
  • Mar
  • 14°Apr
  • 20°May
  • 25°Jun
  • 28°Jul
  • 27°Aug
  • 26°Sep
  • 21°Oct
  • 11°Nov
  • Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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  • 91
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  • 107
  • 109
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  • 76
  • 91
Average daily sunshine (hours)
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Six useful apps for visiting New York


High Life Magazine

From tracking down sample sales to suggestions for activities based on the weather, make the most of your time in NYC with these must-have apps.

Read the full article here

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