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Recent chilly temperatures and changing leaves have made one thing clear: Summer is now behind us.

And on Tuesday, the fall equinox will truly push us into the new season.

At 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday the equinox will see the sun’s rays directly hitting the equator, marking the change of season and the halfway point between our longest and shortest days. The fall and spring equinox are the only two days when night and day are around 12 hours everywhere on Earth, except the North and South Poles.

And while the coronavirus pandemic is sure to upset many regular fall celebrations, we can count on our trees to keep traditions alive.

Photo: Richard Burroughs for BK Reader.

Brooklyn parks and streets will soon see the golds, oranges and reds that light up foliage and give us our romantic gateway to a snowy season.

Other fall traits are also sure to remain the same: Pumpkin spice will be all over the shelves, turkey tips will be shared online and diners will continue to cling to spritz’s outdoors until gloves are needed.

But big questions remain: What will become of trick-or-treating in a time of social distancing?

Photo credit: Brooklyn Historical Society

Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would not cancel Halloween in New York State, but would give parents “advice and guidance” on how to manage trick-or-treating. Once Halloween passes on October 31, daylight saving will come to an abrupt end on November 1, when at 2 a.m. clocks will be reset to 1 a.m.

In the meantime, it’s time to pull out the coats and make the most of the remaining light evenings and outdoor events in our beautiful borough.


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