foliagemapnew102313.jpgSome peak areas remain in Finger Lakes and Thousand Island-Seaway regions This is the seventh 2012 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon. Albany, N.Y. - Beautiful peak fall color will make its way into the Long Island, Greater Niagara and southern Hudson Valley regions this weekend and may also make an appearance or two in outlying areas of New York City, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. Peak fall foliage will also be found in parts of the Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions. Peak foliage will arrive on Long Island this weekend. Spotters based in the Hamptons project peak conditions with 95 percent color change and a nice mix of orange, yellow and some green leaves. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties expect peak foliage with 90 percent change and orange, yellow, gold, red and purple leaves of average brilliance. Some isolated areas will be near peak, some areas slightly past peak. In New York City the trees along streets, especially in midtown and other dense areas, are still primarily green. Trees in Prospect, Inwood, and Central parks are expected to be near midpoint of change by the weekend, while trees in the parks along outlying areas - like Gateway, Forest Park, and Van Cortlandt - should all be peaking by the weekend. In the Greater Niagara region, peak foliage will arrive in Genesee County this weekend, with 65 percent color change, with some leaf droppage and a nice mix of fall colors along with some remaining green. Niagara County will be peak with 80 percent color change and a mix of fall colors, while Erie County will see 65-75 percent color change and peak to past peak conditions. Shades of red and orange are taking over as the dominant colors and leaves are starting to quickly fall in the southern part of the county as the weather changes. In the Finger Lakes region, foliage spotters in Elmira in Chemung County expect peak foliage this weekend, with 100 percent color change and a mix of vibrant orange and yellow leaves. Seneca County will be peak with 95 percent leaf change and bright shades of yellow, red, purple and orange leaves. Monroe County and the Rochester area will be peak to just past peak this weekend. North of the city, near Lake Ontario, look for peak foliage by weekend, with 60 percent color change and dull to slightly brilliant yellow leaves, along with orange-yellow, gold, brown, dark brown, and red leaves. In Henrietta, to the south of the city, spotters are projecting peak to just past peak foliage with 65 percent color change and increasing leaf droppage. Ontario County is just passing peak, but still has many pockets of vibrant color, especially in the hills of Bristol and Naples. Cayuga County is past peak, but still has some areas of bright red, gold, yellow and orange. In Steuben County, Hammondsport leaf spotters are projecting just past peak foliage for the weekend. Leaf change around Keuka Lake will vary between 95-100 percent by the coming weekend. Look for bright shades of orange mixed with rich yellows and deep earthy reds, rusts and purples, giving a matte appearance. The Corning area is now past peak. Cortland County is now past peak; some red and orange leaves of average brilliance remain. The southern portion of the Hudson Valley region will see peak to slightly past peak foliage this weekend. In Westchester County look for peak foliage with 55 percent color change and shades of deep red, gold and yellow. Southern Ulster County will be just past peak with near complete leaf change and a bright, brilliant mix of colors. Spotters in Goshen, in Rockland County expect just past peak foliage with average to bright colors of red, yellow, wine, copper, lemon, peach, gold and orange. Also in Rockland County, spotters at Bear Mountain State Park in Bear Mountain project just past peak foliage with 90 percent color change and a mix of orange, yellow, brown and some red leaves of average brilliance.

In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, look for peak color in Oswego County, with a mix of fall colors including orange, yellow and red. Some fall color also remains in the St. Lawrence Seaway area of St. Lawrence County. Look for 95 percent color change and shades of orange and red along with some remaining green.  Leaves in the Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Central New York and Catskills regions are now past peak.

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Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online New York's weekly I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage color reports continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first week in November. Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the season, reports are updated online to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state. The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at www.iloveny.com. Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS (800/225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada. For additional New York fall foliage information including select sneak previews of the week's I LOVE NEW YORK Fall Foliage Report, follow the hash tag: #LoveNYFall on Twitter. Simply type #LoveNYFall into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State's fall colors and where to find the best places in the state to see them. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@esd.ny.gov. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information, visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?M.SilverADivisionofF/99939dd23d/8c65d62c4d/39987b34ce. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.   Follow the I LOVE NY social media channels for news on tourism in New York State. From NYC to Niagara Falls and all points in between, there's so much to love to LOVE in NY! Check out I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for great ideas for your next getaway. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on social media: Facebook: Facebook.com/ILOVENY Twitter: @I_LOVE_NY Instagram: ILOVENY YouTube: YouTube.com/OfficialILoveNY Pinterest: Pinterest.com/ILOVENY Flickr: Flickr.com/OfficialILoveNY   CONTACT:       Eric Scheffel                         Empire State Development                         (518) 292-5274                         escheffel@esd.ny.gov Melanie Klausner             M. SILVER - A Division of Finn Partners             (212)-754-6500, ext. 243             Melanie.klausner@finnpartners.com