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By Gabrielle Pedriani | September 6, 2016 | People
From apple picking upstate and epicurean aspirations to fashion week affairs and adventures abroad, some of New York City's most prominent professionals shared what they're forecasting for their agendas this fall.
"Right after Labor Day, it feels like fall right away and also spring fashion week starts. Every Sunday in September I am booking a spa appointment at SoHo House to get relief from stress between fashion weeks and my hectic schedule with market appointments. My birthday is also in the fall, so I am looking forward to treating myself to something special—maybe a Valentino bag with removable guitar straps! In October, I'm going to Seoul for fashion week to meet with Korean designers."
"Fall is a hectic time of year, from back-to-school activities for my two teenagers to the busy season at Porchlight. To help keep things in perspective, I take advantage of the beautiful weather by riding my bike around Somerset and Hunterdon counties, west of where I live in New Jersey. Another great weekend would be riding a tour of the covered bridges of Bucks, PA, followed by drinks with my wife at The Swan Bar in Lambertville, NJ and a night at The Woolverton Inn in Stockton."
"I've spent much of the summer preparing for the release of my new film, Ghost Team, which came out in August, so a change in season is welcome. I look forward to getting back out to the cinema. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is my local, and soon a new Alamo Drafthouse will be opening right down the road, so I'm going to make up for hours not spent watching movies over the past few months. It's time to get busy again though, developing my next feature, and also looking to find the right representation here in the US."
"Things are about to get extremely busy with four new bar and restaurant projects opening in the next 18 months. This is in addition to our existing locations, The Bennett, Dear Irving, The Raines Law Room, The Raines Law Room at The William, Petite Abeille, Vamos!, Jones Wood Foundry, La Maison du Croque Monsieur, and the Shakespeare. I look forward to spending my weekends this fall at our country house in Upstate New York harvesting honey from my beehives and entertaining friends and family. It’s the perfect way to relieve stress, slow down, and reflect."
"I'm obsessed with Halloween so I've been trying to find more fun, unironic Halloween things to do. I'm in love with the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and love watching everything change over there. Mostly I want to just soak up as much of the light jacket weather as possible, since autumn in New York seems like one of the few times a year when it's comfortable to be outside."
“It’s all about art! This fall, I look forward to attending three of the most important art fairs in the world, and hosting several events in London and New York for the Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) program. I am traveling to London to attend Frieze London and Frieze Masters in early October, and staging an event at the Ritz to announce our GFAA award nominees. Then, back to NYC for the premier edition of The European Fine Art Foundation New York, featuring art and design from antiquity through the early twentieth century. The exquisite Baccarat Hotel is hosting an event for GFAA, where we will announce this year’s finalists! Finally, a trip to Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach to enjoy even more art.”
"Fall is one our busiest times of the year so I am in full wedding mode. This season we will be shutting down Ellis Island for a client's big day and then catching the shows at NY bridal fashion week to see the new trends. But my favorite fall activity will be taking my family out East to our home to go pumpkin picking at Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill—it's a fall tradition that I just can't miss!"
"This fall I can't wait to watch the Metropolitan Opera House’s Opening Night Production being telecast live from the screens in Times Square. If you time it right, it will be the only time you can hear an Aria sung to thousands of honking cabs, screaming tourists, men dressed like M&Ms, and bags full of garbage waiting for pick up. It's a singularly New York experience."
"We love inviting friends and friends-of-friends from Brooklyn and beyond up to our cabin in the Catskills to eat, drink, hike, and forage any chance we get. Nothing beats opening a few bottles of homemade hard cider or beer (usually a funky experiment we’re working on), throwing a hunk of meat and slew of veggies on the smoker, starting a fire, and just relaxing. Whether we’re serving a new cheese, sauerkraut, or a spicy fermented hot sauce, no one ever minds being a fermented food test subject."
"As an avid cyclist, I always look forward to the fall when I venture upstate to my favorite bike path on the North County Trail. While in the city, I love biking up the West Side Highway, which just so happens to run past Hudson Yards, the extraordinary real estate development where my firm Optimist Consulting has been tapped to launch the residential buildings. It's a very exciting project that is already being heralded as New York's next great neighborhood! After that, I'll head home to Detroit for the Jewish New Year and be sure to bring back a jug of fresh cider from Franklin Cider Mill."
"I traveled in Europe and Scandinavia this summer so really want to get a New York beach day before fall gets into full swing. My work gets really busy after Labor Day, and I am traveling to Paris for work in the end of September, so it feels important to me to do something nature-inspired to get some balance. My husband and I have been going apple picking for several years—we joined The Brooklyn Kitchen who organized a trip in the past. I also want to sign up for art classes and explore oil painting at the School of Visual Arts this fall."
"As soon as the temperatures start to drop in September and October I'm looking forward to spending a couple of weekends camping upstate. Campfire coffee and pancakes with homemade strawberry jam are the definition of fall! My friends and I are dying to have dinner at Olmsted before the large holiday dining crowds settle in, and a delicious amount of soul-warming food at Casa Mono is definitely on the list. By Halloween, I'm excited to be incorporating all of the beautiful fall produce into our menus as well as whipping up some salty bourbon caramels for a little grown up trick-or-treating."
David: “I’ll be spending a few days on a driving trip with some friends. We've rented a few supercars and will be taking them out to enjoy the unparalleled roads and foliage of upstate New York.”
Helena: “While David is on his trip, my friends and I will be taking a tour of the wonderful vintage shops in upstate New York and Connecticut. I'm growing my collection of vintage sequin gowns to wear to this fall’s charity galas. I will also take a class and finally learn how to properly dance the salsa.”
"This fall, I am looking forward to visiting all of the vineyards that I contract grapes with for Brooklyn Winery. This takes me around the country, from the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, to Sonoma Valley in California. Not only is it beautiful countryside, but I get to spend some time with the wonderful people who farm the land. Given the constant go of New York City life, it reminds me to slow down and watch the plants grow—literally."
"I'm looking forward to attending the Hershey car show and auction in October for the first time. Who knows, I might even come home with something—which could pose a problem, as I'm running out of room to garage them!"
"I have a few fall goals!
1. Get obsessively into a current television show—maybe Stranger Things on Netflix—because I always feel very left out of this conversation. Everything I watch is always three months behind what's considered cool, except for Catfish, and no one ever wants to talk about Catfish with me.
2. Take sailing lessons. It's the most relaxing thing in the world but also makes me feel productive and outdoorsy. I'd eventually like to buy a used sailboat, keep it in Rhode Island, and take my friends around without fear of killing us all. For now, it's nice to be under the supervision of a professional.
3. Learn to parallel park. I cannot."
"This fall, Wempe will be celebrating the completion of our massive expansion project. We will now be showcasing the finest timepieces and jewelry in a redesigned, very luxurious environment occupying half a city block on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. Flanked by a Rolex and Patek Philippe boutique, Wempe will be the number-one address for the ultimate shopping experience."
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE SHANE (OLIVER IRVING); WILL SANDERS (SUSANNE REHNSTROM); CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO (DANIELLE ELDER); VIA GALLAGHERS (DEAN POLL); NICOLAS MALOOF (LANE MOORE); Emily Zirimis (Amelia Diamond); Clay Williams (Conor McCormack)