As seasons change, certain cities call to us like the smell of fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce steaming from a pizza box.
In fall, that place is New York.
Need a reason? We could come up with a jillion, but here’s a few to start.
1. The shopping, of course.
Fall Fashion Week has passed, but the catwalk is open year-round. Whether you’re hunting for vintage finds in Nolita or eyeballing baubles at Bulgari, you’ll leave with a few autumn staples.
2. Museum crawls, theater crawls, bar crawls
Ooh, aah, ooh. You’ll max out on culture at every corner, from the rooftop sculpture garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Carnegie Hall. Finish your night with a streetcar at the Lenox Lounge served up with a side of jazz.
3. Manhattan vacation rentals
OK, OK, you knew that we couldn’t leave without mentioning these, especially when your only other alternative is your old college roommate’s futon, which you’ll share, in exchange for free lodging. We’ve done the courtesy of finding you a one-bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen close to Central Park, Columbus Circle and downtown, so that you don’t have to engage in any unnecessary brown-nosing of friends you haven’t seen since 2004. Opportunism isn’t cool in any season.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.