New York

Here's the Status of Fall Foliage Across New York State This Week

A new map is released every Wednesday during foliage season.

Mountain Man Photos/Shutterstock
Mountain Man Photos/Shutterstock
Mountain Man Photos/Shutterstock

Foliage is undoubtedly one of fall’s biggest attractions, especially if you live in New York state and enjoy nature-filled weekend getaways. To help you plan a leaf peeping trip, ‚Äč‚ÄčNew York State’s official tourism site just dropped this year’s fall foliage reports and map.

The reports come out every Wednesday on a weekly basis on ILOVENY.com starting September 14, providing a guide for travelers to foliage status across the state. The reports include a map, which, using a color gradient ranging from green through yellow, orange, red, and brown shows foliage at various peak points depending on the area. Thanks to more than 85 on-site volunteer leaf spotters, the reports get updated according to the spotters’ location, which ensures an accurate representation of color changes on the map as well. In order to maximize the interactive map’s efficiency, travelers can also use it to find dining options and art & culture attractions.

“From colorful foliage and unparalleled natural landscapes to breathtaking historical sites and one-of-a-kind state parks, there’s nothing like New York in the fall,” Governor Hochul said in an official statement. “During this season, we invite travelers from New York and out-of-state to plan a perfect autumn adventure-whether it’s climbing an Adirondack peak, visiting a Long Island winery, or walking along Buffalo’s waterfront – and see what our great state has to offer.”

Today, the first foliage report along with the first map dropped. This year, the first color changes have been spotted across several New York regions, where the leaves are starting to change according to the map’s gradient.

According to leaf spotters in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks, leaves are expected to change color of about 10%, while Tupper Lake spotters are signaling only a 5% change. Essex County’s Lake Placid, similarly to the Saranac Lake area, is predicted to change colors of about 10%, reaching touches of orange and reds.

Travelers visiting the areas surrounding Schroon Lake and Newcomb will be a little less lucky, with colors expected to change less than 10%. The same can be said for the Long Lake area, where only a few first leaves are starting to turn, including maple leaves. Visitors in Herkimer County’s Old Forge, instead, are in for a better adventure, as this weekend leaves are expected to change color by 30%, reaching muted hues of yellow, burgundy, and some early shades of red. Similarly, Jefferson County’s Alexandria Bay and Lawrence County’s Colton will provide beautiful fall hues, and the leaves will respectively change color by 20% and 15%.

In the Catskills, fall colors have just started to appear, and only a 10% color change is predicted across the region. The Central New York area, Hudson Valley, and the Finger Lakes aren’t expected to change much either, both displaying color-change percentages similar to those of the Catskills. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, foliage is predicted to kick in with a 20% color change, showcasing a beautiful mix of green, yellow, red, and orange leaves according to Chautauqua Institution spotters.

In the rest of the state, foliage change only reached 5% or less.

Check out this week’s map below:

Photo courtesy of I LOVE NY
Photo courtesy of I LOVE NY
Photo courtesy of I LOVE NY

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New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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