Fall for an autumn break in NYC

by Gazette Reporter
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IF YOU’RE planning on taking a bite out of the Big Apple this September or October, your autumn getaway is sure to coincide with a number of unusual events to help make your visit a little different.

While you’re sure to take in New York City’s most popular hotspots, with a stroll through Central Park, a wander down Fifth Avenue and a climb to the top of the Empire State, there’s also a host of other interesting, unconventional and high-profile events taking place, so be sure to take note.

Until September 15, New York will see Broadway Week begin, offering exclusive two-for-one tickets to a huge range of best-selling Broadway shows, including Annie, Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King and Mamma Mia!

From now until September 22, the city will see the annual Feast of San Gennaro take place in historic Little Italy.

It attracts more than one million people to its heady streets and revellers can enjoy everything from roadside music and colourful parades to food stands and a cannelloni-eating contest.

For the more literary types, the Brooklyn Book Festival takes place from September 16 until September 22 and has a packed schedule of readings and panels on indoor and outdoor stages.

There are also plenty of local events in street-side cafes, libraries and bookstores. Participating authors at the festival will include the likes of Karen Russell, Jamaica Kincaid and Sam Lipsyte.

Between September 28 and October 14, the New York Film Festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is the ideal place to see cutting-edge films before they make it big.

Bringing some of the world’s most creative cinema to the city, this year’s offering includes Searching for Jason, a portrait of Jason Holliday filmed in 1967, as well as new film, Flight, from Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington.

For somewhere to stay, check out “numa, the New York Manhattan hotel”, which is centrally located in midtown, Manhattan, and offers rooms in September from just $294.99 per double room (under €112 per person), along with free continental breakfast, free child stays for under-12s and complementary wi-fi.

For further information or to book, visit www.thenewyorkmanhattanhotel.co.uk.

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