Spring in the city is absolutely my favorite time of year. The whole city awakens from it’s cold, grey slumber and really comes to life. Flowers are blooming, things smell fresh (or about as fresh as they can in the concrete jungle), everyone is out enjoying the sunshine….it’s a happy scene to enjoy and be a part of. Whether you live here or plan on visiting here are things I recommend doing or that I’m looking forward to doing this season. Let me know if you’ve checked any of these out or are planning to or what spring things you’re looking forward to wherever you live.
1. Visit the Frieze Art Fair on Randall’s Island ($44, May 14th-17th)
2. Check out The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History ($27, through May 25th)
3. The Whitney reopens on May 1st (they are having a free block party w/free admission to the museum on May 2nd, otherwise tickets are $22)
4. See the cherry blossoms and magnolia blooms at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens ($12 admission fee, although it is free on Tuesdays and Saturday from 10am-12pm; FYI they also offer some great classes)
5. Pick up some fresh produce at one of the many farmers’ markets throughout the city (and then make a nice salad for lunch/dinner)
6. Rent bikes and take a ride around what has been dubbed the “most bike-friendly city in America”
7. Smorgasburg…need I say more?!
8. Eat outdoors (some great hidden garden spots to choose from)
9. When we lived up in Washington Heights I always loved Fort Tyron. The gardens are so beautiful and they just come alive in the spring with lots of flowers and greens, making it a great oasis in the concrete jungle. If you decide to make the trek up there, I suggest packing a picnic to enjoy on the lawn or stop in the New Leaf Restaurant that’s nestled into the park for a bite to eat.
10. Head out on a picnic
11. Take a floral arranging class (Our wedding florist offers some great options)
12. Do a major spring cleaning sesh (yes, this is necessary for New Yorkers and their small apartments; check this out if you need some help/tips)
13. Go put-putting at the Hudson Hotel’s mini golf course
14. Watch the sunset (IMO the best place to view it from is the tip of the Financial District or Brooklyn Bridge Park)
15. Check out the new Le District (le duh!)
16. Eat a Mister Softee cone
17. Take a macaron class
19. It may be harder to find in this concrete jungle, but there are still plenty of green spots throughout the city….don’t forget to stop and enjoy them (a few to hunt down here)
20. Visit the Whole Foods rooftop & greenhouse
21. Take a class at Grange Gardens