Springtime magic in the city that never sleeps
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New York is really a city of four seasons. Winters can get extremely cold and summers very hot, making spring the best time to visit. As the city begins to see hints of Summer, here are some tips to enjoy spring attractions in New York…
Shop at a Farmers’ Market
The city’s farmers’ markets are one of the best and most diverse spring attractions in New York and a fun way to experience the local culture. The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket has been running since 1976 and welcomes around 60,000 shoppers every market day. They sell hundreds of varieties of the freshest produce, with heritage meats, artisan cheese and bread and freshly picked fruit and veg among the many delights on offer. There is also the chance to watch cooking demonstrations from some of New York’s most exciting contemporary chefs. The Columbia Market on Broadway between 114th & 116th Streets is another lovely, characterful location hosting farmers from across the state, selling everything from orchard fruit to pickled vegetables, smoked meats and maple syrup, and a number of family-friendly activities.
Enjoy the versatility of Central Park
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No visit to New York would be complete without a trip to Central Park, and spring is the perfect time to enjoy the 843 acres of vast green space. A bike ride is a fun way to explore and visit the park’s many landmarks, including Strawberry Fields, the Alice in Wonderland statue and the Central Park Zoo. A traditional horse and carriage ride is a relaxing, romantic way to enjoy the views, or you can take a gondola ride on the lake and enjoy a picnic afterwards on the Great Lawn. The Chambers Hotel Midtown is just three blocks from the park, offering luxury and comfort in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Its gorgeous loft-style rooms are quintessential New York while the hotel’s restaurant is run by an award-winning chef and considered to be one of the best eateries in New York.
Enjoy the free entertainment at SummerStage
Described by the New York Times as offering a “dizzying array of options, local enthusiasm, and general aura of awe” this range of benefit concerts take place at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park and showcase the most outstanding artistic talent from all walks of life. Running since 1986, the event was begun to enrich the lives of New Yorkers and the range of outdoor events begins in May and will include concerts, al fresco dining and a jazz festival in honour of legendary musician Charlie Parker. Central Park is certainly one of the most delightful spring attractions in New York and it plays host to ‘Shakespeare in the Park’, which are free outdoor productions put on throughout the spring and summer.
Eat outside by the waterfront
When the weather gets warmer in New York, the city’s many restaurants and cafes open up their doors and spill out onto the streets for al fresco dining against the backdrop of the city. But there’s one eaterie that goes a little bit further. The Frying Pan is a historic floating lighthouse docked in the Hudson River Park. Their bar and grill offers tasty food and drinks by the bucket load to enjoy while overlooking outstanding waterfront views.
Take a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of New York’s most iconic landmarks, and it’s not difficult to see why. The neoclassical sculpture stands at just over 305 feet and is a living symbol of freedom. The ferry journey over to the island is one of the most beautiful spring attractions in New York, and the views from the statue are just as good. You can also incorporate a trip to Ellis Island into your journey. As an immigration point from 1892-1924, it is estimated that half of all Americans can trace their family history through at least one person who immigrated into the country in this way and the exhibition offers a rich history of the immigration process.
Take a journey on board the High Line
The final stretch of the High Line train track opened to the public just last year. This public park is built on the historic freight line elevated above Manhattan’s streets and is an original way to experience the city. There are free guided tours of the structure as well as options to have some tasty snacks from the food carts. The site is also home to public art projects where local talent is encouraged to create installations that engage with the structure while at dusk every Tuesday from April; there are free stargazing sessions.