City Rings in First Day of Fall With Sukkahs, Mooncakes and Carnivals

New Yorkers can hardly rely on temperature or the changing colors of leaves to signify the first day of fall. But a stroll through Williamsburg, Brooklyn with wooden sukkahs consuming the sidewalks in front of synagogues and jutting out on balconies are one sign of the season. Pancake-shaped mooncakes for sale in Chinatown and sizzling treats from the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy are reminders that summer has officially ended. Check out images of fall celebrations across the city.

Freun Shea, 10, selling palms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the week-long festival of Sukkot.

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Members of the Tannenbaum family selling the citrus fruit etrog, for Sukkot, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Shulem Tannenbaum standing in his family's backyard-sukkah in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Balcony sukkahs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

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Large sukkah outside of a synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Kids selling etrog in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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The local Chinese newspaper Sing Tao has the full moon on the cover for the start of mid-autumn festival, which always falls on the 15th day of the eighth month on the Chinese calendar. It's also known as mooncake festival, for the sugary, pancake (or full-moon) shaped treats that are eaten on this holiday.

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Mooncakes for sale in Chinatown, under the Williamsburg Bridge for the autumn festival.

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Mooncakes for sale outside of a Chinese bakery on East Broadway.

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Mulberry Street in Little Italy is turned into a carnival-like atmosphere for the Feast of San Gennaro, the patron Saint of Naples.

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Visitors leave money for charity at the statue of San Gennaro at the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street in Little Italy.

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