Photo of Central Park last Friday, via Silva Azniv's Flickr

In case you haven't noticed because we live in a city and all, we're at the tail end of peak foliage season! Get yourself to a park (here are some suggestions) to soak up that last bit of autumnal splendor. After all, when beautiful dying leaf season is over, all we've got are dead trees.

Recently, Sea and Sky NY wrote about fall colors and the "urban heat island," noting that leaves change color later in NYC because color change occurs "in response to having cold nights, which typically occur when there is little cloud cover. Yet, in Manhattan, the heat island typically causes temperatures on clear nights to remain 5-10 degrees F warmer than rural areas outside the city."

Typically, peak color in Central Park occurs between the last weeks of October and November, depending on nighttime temperatures. Here's what the park looked like on the 9th, and according to this map, we're at the end of peak season right now. So, get out there, and send us your photos (or tag them "Gothamist" on Flickr)!