Visiting New York in the fall offers easy access to some of the most charming aspects of the city, from the radiant colors of changing leaves to the energy of the new school year. If you find yourself on the Upper West Side, you can expect to see all the neighborhood academia – from grade schools to universities – welcoming new classes and seasoned students alike. Visit Manhattan during the back-to-school season, and you’ll find a host of activities and events that highlight the richness of scholarly life in this corner of the city. Hotel Belleclaire makes the perfect home away from home if you are looking at prospective schools or visiting a student.
Central Park is magnificent in fall, its paths lit by autumn sun and the reds, browns and golds spreading across the treetops. Take a walk down the various trails on your way to the campus of your choice, enjoying the crisp weather, and don’t miss any performances going on at the park’s designated venues.
Visit one of the schools close to our hotel on the UWS, including (but not limited to) Columbia, Barnard, Juilliard, SUNY and Fordham. Sit in on a lecture or presentation, attend a student production, or take a campus tour. Whether it’s a powerful play at Columbia Stages, a free-to-attend student recital at Juilliard or a world-class dance performance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, experiencing the energy of the 2015 fall academic season for yourself will be no challenge.
On the way back to Hotel Belleclaire, step into the historic Zabars to see the changing seasonal delicacies. You’ll find everything you need filling the shelves of this classic store for a quintessential New York nosh with regional specialties.
Finally, if you’re in need of a break in a time-honored spot, stop by Café Lalo (better known as the coffee shop from “You’ve Got Mail”) for a rest and a cup of joe. Their signature blends will be especially welcome after a busy day of exploring Upper West Side universities and schools by foot!
The Upper West Side is particularly exceptional in the autumn months during the return of the school year, and we are pleased to have you join us during one of our favorite seasons.