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Autumn's Just Begun, But Fall Colors Are Already Sweeping the City

By  Tuan Nguyen and Ben Fractenberg | September 25, 2012 8:29am 

NEW YORK — It's officially fall, and it feels like it in the city this week.

With a high reaching into just the upper 60s and a brisk breeze on Monday, New Yorkers pulled their autumn attire out of storage to weather the chillier temperatures and watch the changing colors.

"I could never live in Florida," said 70-year-old Neil Robbins, wearing his leather jacket for the first time since spring.  "I think the seasons evoke positive and negative emotions, but it's part of life."

For Robbins, fall brings back fond memories from his youth.

When he was a young man, Robbins said the beginning of fall would mark the "end of [my] summer girlfriend and the beginning of my winter girlfriend."

Jessica Wolman, 27, sat on the grass in Central Park Monday, soaking up the sun before it got too cold to lounge in the park.

"It's more comfortable," said Wolman, who was a wearing a cardigan she had pulled out of her closet a couple days ago. "I like the weather in the fall, but I don't like how the light is changing."

The cooler temperatures also made for nicer strolling weather.

Tricia Marshall, 42, and Milan Rowson, 23, walked from 57th Street and Fifth Avenue up to 86th Street and Central Park West Monday afternoon.

"We were just talking, celebrating fall's arrival," Rowson said.

For some, the beginning of fall also includes seasonal anxiety that comes with the start of yet another school year.

"I've been going to school for 30 years, and September still makes me nervous," said a man who has been teaching at NYU for six years.

Temperatures are expected to rise back into the low to mid-70s for the rest of the week, with nighttime lows in the 50s and 60s.

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