By Joe Meny


Queens County Farm Museum

If you want a taste of farm life without leaving the city, head to the Queens County Farm Museum for a lot of family-friendly fun in the fall, including a three-acre corn maze (open weekends until October 30). Also of note: the pumpkin patch (open October 1–30), and their Halloween haunted house (October 29 and 30). Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park. 718.347.3276


The Museum of Chinese in America 

MOCA is nestled—almost tucked away completely—in the heart of Chinatown. Its neutral wood and green tones symbolically tackle Chinese stereotypes and offers visitors a tranquil place to learn about Chinese history. Founded by Charles Lai and Jack Tchen, and beautifully designed by Maya Lin, MOCA is just one floor of exhibition space, but it’s packed with history. MOCA’s core exhibition, With a Single Step, is a timeline that starts as early as 1400 and ends in an invitation to the present. The highlights of the core exhibition include the realistic recreation of an old Chinese general store, a mock television set that is motion-activated (and comes with a comfy arm chair), and “core portraits,” which are personal narratives of the Chinese immigrant and Chinese American experience. But best of all, the core is highly interactive, with pull-out maps and a dragon head you can deposit a wish into, making it kid-friendly while maintaining a sophisticated and unbiased approach to preserving Chinese history.  MOCA is located at 215 Centre Street. 855.955.MOCA


Central Park  

If you can’t get out of the city, there’s no better urban retreat than Central Park, with its 843 acres of paths, lakes, ponds, and open meadows. The park is at its most gorgeous when the leaves start to turn in the autumn months, inviting long walks around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, picturesque boat rides on the Lake, and lazy afternoons spent sitting beside Bethesda Fountain. For an unbeatable view of Midtown Manhattan, climb to the top of the Great Hill (enter at 106th Street and Central Park West).


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th.  The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp at 77th Street and Central Park West and winds its way 2.65 miles down to 34th Street where it all ends about 3 hours later in front of the world-famous department store.  With 11 marching bands from around the country, over 1,000 clowns, live performances of some of Broadway’s best, and of course those fabulous balloons, this parade is arguably one of America’s most treasured holiday traditions.  Whether you’re out there along the parade route, or from the comfort of your living room, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is surely one of New York City’s favorite holiday traditions.


New York Botanical Garden

The chrysanthemum, or kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory from now until October 30th, in addition to a special bonsai display. Weekend events spotlight the art of ikebana, as well as taiko drumming, and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture.  2016 also marks the 25th year of the NYBG’s annual Holiday Train Show (Nov. 19 – Jan. 16), where model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Visitors of all ages marvel at the G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track.  NYBG is located in the Bronx at 2900 Southern Blvd. 718-817-8700


Museum of Modern Art

Currently at MoMA, and running until Feb. 12, 2017, is “Lovers”, an immersive, room-sized multimedia installation by Japanese artist Teiji Furuhashi (1960–1995). Life-sized images of the artist and other fellow members of the Kyoto-based artist collective Dumb Type are projected onto the walls of a darkened room from a tower of computer-controlled video and slide projectors at its center. The figures move like specters around the perimeter of the space, in a looped choreographic sequence made variable by a visitor-activated motion sensor, which intervenes to restart one of the projections when triggered. Confined to their autonomous projections, these eponymous “lovers” overlap at moments within the sequence, whether running past each other or pausing in a gesture of embrace, yet their bodies never make contact.  MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street in Manhattan.  212-708-9400.


Lynn’s Riding Center of Forest Hills

Whether you want to start on your way to dressage, barrel racing or simply just an autumn’s trail ride, the experienced instructors at Lynne’s will customize a horse riding plan that fits your needs.  Lynne’s Riding Center works with both adults and children (starting at age 6); beginners to seasoned riders.  They even have an indoor lesson ring, so you can continue your lessons year-round.  What a unique and different way to experience the outdoors this fall; and conveniently located in Queens.  Lynn’s Riding Center is located at 8803 70th Road in Flushing. 718-261-7679