I feel that Autumn is a good time to get re-acquainted with the city. After enduring sweltering months of trying your best to avoid heatstroke and melting into the pavement, the cooler weather really makes you want to get out and see what you've been missing. I tend to go for epic walks this time of year- hours of meandering with no particular direction, and usually places that I would normally take the subway to.
Recently I was in Greenwood Cemetery. It's a vast, open space with lots of old-growth trees and not so many people- a perfect spot for birdwatchers. I saw several red-tailed hawks at very close range.
He landed on a branch a few feet from us and didn't move for several minutes. How cool is that?
Also, the NYC Marathon was this past weekend. It's always inspiring to see that many people out running (well, it inspired me to carb-load for the rest of the day anyway).
Hard to see, but this guy was juggling WHILE RUNNING. And not screwing up. Here's a video, but I can't figure out how to rotate it, so you're going to have to get a neck cramp for a couple seconds.
It takes about an hour and a half for everyone to run by. We're not that far along the course, so people look fresh and excited.