Enjoy the Fall Foliage
As the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, the best way to enjoy the warm hues is to head to the park. But do you have any idea what trees those leaves came from? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that. Leafsnap, created through a collaboration between Columbia University, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institute, and FindingSpecies.org, repurposes facial recognition algorithms to identify fallen floral instead. Just snap a photo of a leaf on your phone, and the app tells you whether it’s a sycamore or elm, along with providing high-res pictures of the tree’s flowers and other characteristics. To put your app to work, the city’s parks host a variety of events to enjoy the leaves, like the Fall Foliage Cruise on November 5. Or you can simply stroll through the world-class Central Park or Prospect Park at your leisure.
Go Pumpkin Picking
Sure, you could buy your pumpkins at the Greenmarket, but wouldn’t it be more fun to pick them from the farm yourself? There are dozens of farms just a short train ride away Upstate or on Long Island that let you traverse the pumpkin patch to pick your own, but if you don’t want to leave the five boroughs, you can head to Decker Farm on Staten Island. Every Saturday and Sunday until Halloween, the historic farm lets you pick out your own pumpkins and you can take a guided tour of the 1800s farmhouse. Located in Historic Richmond Town, the land is the oldest continually farmed site in NYC.
Take a trip to the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in The Bronx, where two paranormal investigations recently took place. On October 29, the lead investigator, Dan Sturges, will discuss their findings and share the history of the mystery. You can also visit the Merchants House Museum in Greenwich Village. Called “Manhattan’s most haunted house” by the New York Times, the museum is hosting a slew of spooky fright nights until Halloween. The last family to live in the house, built in 1832, was the Tredwells, and many believe that the family’s ghosts still occupy the residence. Scare yourself silly with ghost stories, a funeral reenactment, candlelight tours, and more.