You don't have to fight the traffic to get out of the city to enjoy amazing fall colors. There are numerous city parks that are excellent for watching the leaves turn glorious. The Parks Department offer a helpful fall foliage guide covering the five boroughs.
The city's centerpiece, Central Park, becomes a sight to behold when the sunlight hits it just right. Besides observing the trees at the park, we also have a balcony view from the many buildings that ring the rectangle—a number of which are open to the public—such as Top of the Rock. The home page for the Central Park Conservancy features some inviting photography to remind us what it will be like in a couple of weeks.
To plan your visit, download the Central Park's fall foliage map and then get out and take in the glowing golds, purples, bronzes, and reds as the trees begin to change color. Below is an excerpt from the map showing the description of locales and trees to look for. Bring a camera and happy leaf peeping.