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Coming Now to Central Park: Autumn 2019

As the most renowned gathering space in all of New York City, Central Park makes for a great place to host an event. Fortunately for residents of Urbana Properties’ luxury apartment rentals, it’s easy to take advantage of all that’s going on in Central Park; you need only walk out your front door! The Urbana Properties Museum Mile luxury rentals put you near the best upcoming events in and around the park, including the Pumpkin Flotilla, FASTNET’s Plein-Air Drawings Exhibition, and much more.


For a grand taste of Halloween, top on our list is the Pumpkin Flotilla. On October 30th, come with your entire family to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and enjoy Halloween in a truly unique way. Expect spooky stories, a costume parade, and plenty of Halloween crafts and games. In addition, bring your already-carved pumpkin and make a contribution to the Pumpkin Flotilla. At dusk, the pumpkins will set sail across the Harlem Meer, creating a wonderfully eerie sight on the water. Make sure to check in early, for there’s only space in the flotilla for the first 50 pumpkins, keep the size to about that of a soccer ball and about eight pounds so that it doesn’t sink. (Smaller pumpkins will not be accepted either.) Lights and a pumpkin raft will be provided for those registered to participate in the flotilla. Suitable for all ages, this event is free, and no tickets are required.


If you know that one taste of Halloween won’t be enough, then don’t miss the American Museum of Natural History Halloween Celebration a few days earlier on October 26th. Put on your costume, stroll across the park, and trick-or-treat the museum. Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George will both be on hand, as will musical performances by David Grover and Grover’s Gang, Louie Miranda, and Big Nazo’s Costume Band. Stick around to see Big Apple Circus performances, the Gazillion Bubble Show, and the magic of Robert Austin. The event runs from 2-6, so you’ll be home for dinner. Tickets are available now.


NYC’s parks are world-renowned, but what do you know of their origins and how they and their creators have impacted the land at their heart? In a project curated by Mariel Villeré of the Freshkills Park Development Team and supported by the Freshkills Park Alliance and Con Edison, NYC Parks has sought to explore this very topic. In the middle of Staten Island’s Freshkills Park is a 20-foot shipping container. Here, James Powers has gathered artists of all ages to create drawings of their impressions of the area’s transformation from a landfill to a park space. Their work forms FASTNET’s Plein-Air Drawings Exhibition. Showing every Monday through Friday from now until November 14 at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, these plein-air drawings and ink studies examine “what is natural in a completely engineered topography” and seek to preserve the transition period as Freshkills develops into a cultural and waterfront hub. 


Central Park provides a wealth of natural beauty. You can stroll through on your own, taking in the hawthorn trees near the Conservatory Water before wandering toward the Ramble’s tupelo trees and then onward to the North Woods as the shades of foliage bring the anticipated reds, oranges, and yellows, sometimes alongside odd hues of purple, depending upon the time of season. However, if you’re uncertain of the route to take or don’t know exactly what you’re looking for or looking at, then take a Fall Foliage Walk in October. These Conservancy Guide tours offer 90 minutes of colorful fall foliage, lessons on identifying trees, and other useful information on points of interest from the Pool to the Ravine. If the naturalist in you is still hungry for more, consider the Conservatory Garden Tour on October 26th. Also 90 minutes in length, this tour starts at the Vanderbilt Gate at Conservatory Garden and brings you up close to seasonal blooms, crabapple tree allées, and the history behind it all. Featuring a splendid 1894 wrought-iron gate, the area is one of the park’s most beautifully manicured spots and well worth a visit anytime of the year. 


The Fifth Avenue apartments for rent from Urbana Properties put you in the midst of fall fun. Get your costume ready for Halloween parties, gather your friends for unique cultural opportunities, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the season right in your urban park backyard. In autumn—or any season—Central Park is the place to be.