New York City is leading capital of world for art, fashion, food and theater. Gaping at the many skyscrapers, walking down a bustling street in Manhattan, watching a Broadway show, discovering the diverse neighbourhoods, live music floating in the air ; New York City is simply mind-blowing. Comprising of 5 rich boroughs, each with its unique identity, New York City has so much to offer and explore throughout the year. With the onset of winters in November, the temperatures dip but NYC has not yet cosied away for the prolonged cold snap. Here's all you need to know if you're planning a trip to New York in November.
What Makes New York in November Special?
The onset of cold winters in New York in November do not come in the way of having an awesome time visiting the city. It being an off-peak season, visiting the famous attractions of the city becomes much easier and pleasurable experience. New York’s electrifying energy doesn't get dampened with the weather, there are a number of fun festivals, live shows, legendary concerts, sports events and much more. Some of the most iconic rock stars like Elton John, Billy Joel, Josh Groban and many others are scheduled to perform in November. There are also many walking tours organised keeping in mind the weather which are truly enjoyable. Winter months also stimulate the taste buds urging you to gorge more. With a number of world class fine dining places, cozy cafes and roadside rocking bars, New York is just the perfect response to satisfy your desires.
New York Weather in November
The weather gets cold in November in New York as autumn fades into winter. The average temperature in the beginning of the month is about 10.5°C and drops to about 5.5°C by the end of the month. With 6 hours of sunshine every day, 1/3rd of the days can turn out to be rainy.
New York in November : Top Experiences
Central Park is the most prominent landmark of Manhattan area in New York City. Spread over 843 acres, this urban park has sprawling meadows, a beautiful lake and legendary gardens. It also has a maze of trails in the Ramble, a small zoo perfect and acres of greens for people to lounge and play.
Daily: 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM
New York, NY, USA
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9/11 Memorial & Museum
9/11 Memorial commemorates the 11th September 2001 attacks on the famous World Trade Centre twin towers of New York City, an event that changed the country. A visit to this memorial which is a tribute of remembrance and honour to about 3000 people killed in the attack, is truly a humbling experience.
Daily: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM (Memorial)
Sun – Thu: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Fri – Sat: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Memorial Museum)
Z180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007, USA
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Empire State Building
It is the most iconic building of NewYork City which enjoyed the status of being the tallest for a long time. No New York vacation would be complete without a visit to the Empire State Building. The panoramic views of the whole city from the observation deck on the 86th floor are mind blowing.
Statue of Liberty
It is the most prominent landmark of New York city, which has almost become its symbol. The huge copper statue of a robed Roman liberty goddess, holding a torch in right hand and a tabula in her left hand in Liberty Island in New York Harbor is an icon of freedom of USA.
Daily: 11:30 AM onwards
New York, NY 10004, USA
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Recommended Statue of Liberty Experiences
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art is an extraordinary art museum located in Midtown Manhattan area of New York. A treasure trove of modern and contemporary art, it includes works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, film, electronic media and much more.
Daily: 10:00 AM to 5:45 PM
Circle Line NYC Landmarks Cruise
Cruising over three rivers of New York, going under the famous bridges in a luxurious cruise boat, covering all the boroughs, you can spot almost all famous landmarks of the city. Slightly nippy November weather is well suited for this expedition.
Daily: 12 PM onwards
Pier 83, West 42nd Street , New York City, USA
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This is a historical town created by tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants who came to the US seeking to make a fortune. Going through the narrow, winding streets of Chinatown, stopping at key historic locations, experimenting authentic Chinese cuisines is enjoyable. Hot and Spicy Chinese food is fun to have in cold November!
Be it any month , broadway shows are must. Broadways are unique and one of the most memorable part of New York culture. An energetic live performance with mind blowing stage setups, acting, costumes and singing, a Broadway show is something you simply cannot miss when in New York. The cozy theatre experience is so apt for the cold month of November.
Timings Vary Depending On The Show & Availability
New York, NY, USA
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NYC Helicopter Tour
An aerial view of this sci-fi city dotted with most famous landmarks and skyscrapers is quite an experience. A Helicopter tour offering spectacular views of the city and the live commentary by your professional pilot, make it all the more informative and fun. These tours are available from Monday to Saturday.
Helicopter Flight Services Inc, Downtown Manhattan Heliport pier 6
New York, USA
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Located in the heart of Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate called ‘a big little world’ truly justifies its claim. Made out of miniatures, this sprawling model takes you through an interactive and highly immersive experience. The miniature versions of famous landmarks and world heritage sites with such minute details is totally mesmerising.
10:00 AM—8:00 PM
New York in November : Events to Look Out For
4th November – 10th November 2019
Known for its comedy shows, New York City has New York Comedy Festival in November. It features more than 200 comedians including quite a few big names, sketch performers, TV hosts and podcasters at over 100 shows. Comedy lovers simply cannot miss this opportunity.
Long Island boat parade
November 24, 2019
Long Island boat parade held on Patchogue River is one of its kind! Close to 30 start making their way up Patchogue River at 6 p.m. One can simply pick their free public spots and enjoy the parade. Many riverfront restaurants and marinas open for the parade. With live music everywhere, this is a fun event.
Holiday market - Union Square
November 21 - December 24, 2019
Located on Union Square Park’s South Plaza, this Holiday market is a great shopping experience for the visitors. With over 150 artisans putting up their booths one can find handmade jewellery, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys and much more. It is also a paradise food and drinks.
November 9 - 19, 2019
The annual Latin American Culture Week showcases the richness and diversity of the various Latin American cultures. There are a number of established and emerging artists in disciplines such as music, dance, visual arts, literature, theater and film who perform here. Definitely worth a visit!
Veterans Day Parade
8:00 am - 3:00 pm November 11, 2019
This day is celebrated to commemorate and honour all veterans of the United States armed forces. The parade features over 300 marching with over 20,000 participants including veterans of all eras, military units and top high school marching bands from across America. Viewed by over 500,000 people it is a spectacular show of Floats, military and vintage vehicles.
November 27, 2019
Held a day before Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, this expedition of so many balloons coming to life, is a much looked forward to event. Giant balloon featuring popular pop culture characters are inflated in the streets around the American Museum of Natural History. Hoards of people gather to see those gigantic characters take shape.
Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival
November 9, 2019
New York Wine Events transforms this busy city into a version of Napa Valley with a scrumptious food extravaganza. You get to sample a curated selection of incredible wines, ciders and other beverages accompanied by trolleys laden with delicious food samplers.
NYC in November : 5-day Itinerary
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New York Weather in November
The weather in New York in October can be best described as pleasant. As autumn season kicks in, the days are sufficiently warm and the nights are reasonably chilly. The average high temperature in October is 18 degrees Celsius while the average low is around 10 degrees Celsius. There's a decent amount of rainfall as well with average precipitation of 84 mm.
NYC Accommodation In November
New York has a variety of neighbourhoods to choose from, to stay. Depending on one’s interests, budget and priorities one can decide on a place. Lower Manhattan, oldest part of the city, has crowded narrow winding streets with towering skyscrapers around. Pod 39 Hotel is a good affordable hotel around. Mid Town is the heart of Manhattan with almost all major attractions of NYC in the vicinity. Bustling with life, it has many good hotels. Lotte New York Palace is one of the best luxury hotels. Those looking for an ethic neighbourhood can stay in Chinatown or Little Italy area. Hotel 50 Bowery is a good midrange hotel around. Tribeca and SoHo areas are for those who want to be close to ready shopping and fine dining. Upper West Side is the area for those looking for parks nearby and a quieter neighbourhood.
NYC Packing List November
November weather is generally mild to cold, hence you have to plan your packing accordingly. It is best to dress in layers with one or two heavy sweaters for the night time that can get chilly. If travelling towards the end of the month then one medium-weight jacket or coat is a must. Scarves and gloves would come in handy. With the possibility of rain, carrying an umbrella is a good idea. A comfortable pair of shoes for extensive walking.
Getting Around New York in November
To cover a huge city like New York, there are multiple ways of getting around. One of the most popular ways to get around New York is the New York Subway. With 472 subway stations covering four out of five of New York’s boroughs, it is a very efficient and effective way to commute in NewYork. For getting to more distant boroughs, there is the rail network. Buses are also a popular way to get around the city with a fleet of almost 6,000 buses covering over 322 routes. The iconic yellow taxis are great on comfort but pretty heavy on pocket.
Read more about public transportation in New York and learn how to travel around the city like a local!
New York in November : Seasonal Delicacies
A jewish delicacy, it has thinly sliced pastrami served between flaked rye bread. Pastrami made of beef brisket is cured in brine, seasoned with garlic, coriander and a whole lot of black pepper and then smoked. Katz's Delicatessen serves one of the best Pastrami in town.
An authentic New York bagel is a must have when in NYC. Served with traditional toppings of lox, smoked fish, cream cheese and many other options, these Bagels are absolutely delightful treat. Can be had as a snack or as a full fledged meal. Russ and Daughters is one of the oldest and best known places to have Bagels.
Apple-cider doughnut is a sweet seasonal delight that especially gets into making in the month of November. Made with cider glaze, apple chips, puffed buckwheat groats, and sea salt, this Doughnut is a must have in this month. You can try some delicious flavourful doughnuts at The Cinnamon Snail in NYC.
The famous grilled or steamed link-sausage sandwich is a speciality of New York City. Traditionally a working-class street food sold at stands and carts, Hot dogs are available in plenty in New York City. Gray's Papaya has a good variety of crispy, juicy hot dogs.
This divine dessert is made out of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese, eggs, sugar and a crust. New York City offers an unparalleled version of cheese cakes. Using fresh fruits, homemade purees, creamy cheese and ultimate sponge cake bottoms, best cheesecakes are churned out here. Junior's is one of the best known places around.
Tips for Visiting New York in November
- New York has an obscene number of events and festivals in the month of November. Make sure that you have checked the calendar before planning your itinerary.
- There are tons of events and festivals that take place in NYC in October, including the Columbus Day parade. While this is another thing you can experience, it also increases the number of tourists in the city considerably. This directly impacts the prices of flights and hotels, so plan your trip accordingly.
- Take some time out from your itinerary to visit Central Park. The iconic landmark is a sight to behold in the month of October with autumn in full swing and various shades of red, yellow, purple and brown everywhere.
- If you're planning on watching a Broadway show, (as you should!) don't wait until the last minute to book your tickets. Broadway is very popular in the city and for popular shows, tickets sell out months in advance.
- When figuring out your itinerary for New York, look for discounts on combo experiences. Headout, an online concierge for exciting experiences around the world, offers great deals and discounts for combo and individual experiences in the city.
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