Fall hits its peak in New York

November 16, 2010 |  Category:   life nyc outings

If you ever were planning a visit to New York, I’d suggest Fall, specifically late October, early November. Maybe you’d get lucky with the kind of unbelievable weather we’re having lately, but regardless, you should definitely make a trip to Central Park. We don’t get up there too often as a family, but Mark has spent the better part of his last 8 years working as a chef at the Boathouse (you can see the restaurant on the lake above – maybe you’ve seen it in movies?) and this is where he goes do to his late night baking shift before his 1 day a week consulting gig. Even though it’s a longish commute from where we live in Brooklyn, Mark has always said it’s nice to work inside the park when he was going here every day.

We were there on Sunday, walking around, taking in all the leaves at its peak. It was the kind of day that immediately put you in a good mood, despite whatever mood you were in previously, where you saw everyone strolling around with silly grins on their faces, starry eyes upward towards the trees. The kind of day where tourists would stop, breathe and say, “OH! It’s so beautiful here! It reminds me of England with that castle behind the lake!”. And you’d ask where they’re from and you’d chat with them when you’d normally not make small talk with strangers. The kind of day where you felt neither cold, nor warm, just nothing but comfortable bathed in light through golden leaves that made everything glow.

The girls climbed rocks and statues, played hide and seek behind trees and got a lesson about John Lennon from the “mayor” of Strawberry Fields. There is no better New York weekend than this.

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  • Shilo November 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    You photo of the view across the lake is astounding! Central Park really is magical.

  • bonnie tsang November 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm


  • Silvia November 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    The light is beautiful, and the pictures are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  • trish November 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Totally agree. New York is beautiful this time of the year. I love that part of the park by the Boathouse. That’s where we had gotten married 14 years ago.

  • Nani November 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    So beautiful I love the colors of the leaves this time of year.

  • Jessa November 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    wow, how beautiful. I would move to New York if I could figure out how to afford it! I’d dreamed of raising my kids there since I was a kid. It sure looks like you had an amazing day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessa November 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    and by the way, totally love how Mia’s rocking the purple shades.

  • Kate November 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Amazing photos! I especially love the one that Mia whispers something to Claudine..
    and I looove Mia’s coat and how she matches it with these shoes..

  • Sandy November 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm


  • NJoy Event Planning November 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, these photos are wonderful.

  • linda November 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    NY is on my travel list for next year, for sure! i’m excited to see Central Park as well. Not sure if it will be during the fall season, though. Doesn’t really matter, I’m just excited to see what this whole “I <3 NY" thing is all about. =)

    Lovely photos as always. Mia looks like a rock star with her stunna shades.

  • Danita Luna November 16, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Mia rocks in those glasses!!

  • Natasha November 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Such stunning photos as always. NYC in the fall looks so lovely. I’ll have to go next year {and not look for your shop} but for one of your suppliers :)

  • SY November 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    The first wedding my husband and I attended as a couple was at the Boathouse, we’d only been dating for 4 months and trekked to NY for the weekend from California, it was a very romantic fall wedding — add in a trip to Paris two months later and I just knew he was “the one.” Fourteen years and two kids later, I’m convinced that the Boathouse sealed the deal for us, i think that when we hit our 20 year wedding anniversary that we should host a party there.

  • Toni November 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    What a lovely post about such a lovely weekend in NYC! The girls are adorable, as always. Mia is so stylin’ w/her sunglasses, purple coat, and fab shoes!

  • Caddy November 17, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Sounds like a lovely day. Mia looks funky and fantastic in her large purple coat and purple shades. I love that pose she strikes in picture 4. 😀

    Looking at the pictures of Central Park and the foilage made me envious for both fall and a city you can walk around in. I live in a large tropical metropolis so no autumn here and walking around would mean competing with smog and garbage.

  • Mary Anne November 17, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Hi Jenna, Have been reading your blog since the start of this year and this is the first time I’ve commented. Your blog and Rummey Bears are my two favourite blogs! Honest! Love your photos of New York and your family. I would love to visit New York one day but sadly I think it will be when my kids (4 & 1 y.o) are older. Missed the boat – should have done it BC! I’m 38 and I will do it when the kids can stay at home by themselves….well let me see when I’m 54!!!! LOL. Thanks for your blog and making me feel normal and for being honest about stuff! Your blog makes me feel good and happy!
    If you ever come to Melbourne , Australia ….you guys could come to stay…does that sound weird? feels like I know you… Or we could house swap even! take care :)

  • MArie CdP November 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    call your travel photos!

    We did that one wish: to fly to New York!

  • jan November 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    This post is the epitome of why I read your blog – shots like this that make me feel like I’m there and allow me to appreciate the beauty virtually! Thank you! My in-laws go to NYC every chance they get; my father-in-law’s been doing it since he was 19. They can’t resist the lure of everything going on – they’re also big fans of off-off-Broadway plays and such. What’s esp nice about this passion for NYC is how they share it with my kiddo. They take him there every year for his bday, which is end of Oct. This year was his 9th trip (he’s 13). So he was there this past Sat taking in all these sights on a day much like you’ve shared. Perfect!!!

  • Ginette November 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Really nice pics. I love this time of year & really want to visit NY in the Fall. Your pics made me want to be there now. (Your daughters are adorable.) Thx for sharing!

  • patricia November 23, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I totally miss the colors of fall. Texas falls are just dreary looking trees and grass—no vibrancy at all. Your photos are gorgeous as always and they bring back a lot of memories of when I was a kids and my parents would take us to the city on the weekend.