One of the best ways to experience aspects of the New York Film Festival in recent years has been online, via Jamie Stuart's terrific video coverage of the festival:
Episode 1 (Field, Winslet, Wilson, Emmerich, Perotta)
Episode 2 (Mirren, Cromwell, Frears, Sangsoo, Del Poggio
Episode 3 (Beatty, Almodovar, Cruz, Apted)
His other work, along with NYFF clips from previous years is available on his website.