Top Five Things to Do in NYC This Spring
Spring has officially arrived, and New York City, as it does every year, is beginning to open up and embrace its newfound warmth. Restaurant patios are no longer barren; rooftop bars can once again fulfill their destinies; the parks are suddenly populated by exuberant joggers, bikers, walkers, talkers, and picnic-enthusiasts; and it’s baseball season again! Hospitality developers know there is no better time to visit New York City than spring. What follows are our favorite things to do in NYC this season:
A Ball Game at the Stadium
If you’re a Mets fan, you’re probably going to see the Mets play, and if you’re a Yankees fan, you’ll choose to see the Yankees. But if you have no particular favorite, we recommend visiting Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, and catching a Mets game. Yankee Stadium is beautiful, but it’s massive and a bit impersonal, while Citi Field is a small, open park—walking around is encouraged, the tickets will be less expensive than Yankee tickets, and it’s easy to reach from nearly all parts of the city.
Governors Ball Music Festival
The 6th annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island takes place from June 3rd through June 5th, and this year’s lineup includes Kanye West, Beck, Of Monsters and Men, Courtney Barnett, The Killers, The Strokes, Robyn, Haim, Chvrches, and many more. With its three massive, open-air stages and a huge assortment of food trucks, stands, and drink vendors, Randall’s Island is a wonderful place to take in a show. This acclaimed festival consistently serves up a cadre of impressive headliners and an assortment of intriguing openers primed to become new favorites.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Spring is absolutely the best time of year to visit the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Garden—it’s cherry blossom season, complete with all the dramatic changes that arrive as soon as spring fully swings in. The garden is 52 sprawling acres of winding trails that trace around small, serene lakes and highlight enough plant species to satisfy even the most serious botanist. It has a real wonderland feel; once you’ve been walking around for a few minutes, you’ll completely forget you’re still in NYC.
A Cocktail on the Top of the Standard
The bar at the top of the Standard Hotel is one of the best rooftop gems in the city. Walk through the doors of the hotel and take the elevator to the 17th floor. From there, you’ll take the stairs up one more flight and out into the open air, eighteen stories above the Meatpacking District. The floor is covered with faux grass, and the vibe is high-end casual. If you get there early enough, you can grab a couch or a few chic lawn chairs and a table and just relax and sip while gazing down on the bustling metropolis.
A Concert in Prospect Park
Every spring and summer, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn puts on a series of concerts in the open-air amphitheater in Prospect Park. This season, they have Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Tame Impala, Ray LaMontagne, Beirut, and The Lumineers, as well as more that are soon to be announced. Many of these shows are free, and the others are very reasonably priced. BRIC always chooses great artists to participate in the Celebrate Brooklyn series, and each show seems tailor-made for the outdoors. The performance calendar is available here.
Other Noteworthy Selections:
Visit the One World Observatory
Absolutely breathtaking views from 100 stories above Downtown Manhattan.
Smorgasburg Food Festival
This massive and acclaimed food festival runs every weekend through the spring and summer. Saturday festivals are in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Sunday festivals are in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
The Comedy Cellar
A legendary, no-frills basement comedy club that attracts some of the world’s best comedians each night.
Tour Central Park
The Iconic Views of Central Park Tour is a great way to see much of the sprawling expanse and learn a bitabout its history. The tour runs every Friday at 11:00 am.
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