Gallery: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Autumn in NYC!

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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, 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.

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