Have a Spring Fling with NYC
By Jose Useche, resident blogger
Spring has sprung in New York City! What does this mean? It means everyone smiles a little more, it means everyone arrives earlier to work so they can leave before 5, and it means NYC just got a whole lot sweeter (read: Rosé slushies). Here are some ways you can gnab the most from your spring experience in the Big Apple.
1. Go outside!
NYC is home to over 1,700 parks. Sure we all know about Central Park and Bryant Park but what else is there? For starters, we highly recommend Brooklyn Bridge Park. Get ready for the best view of Manhattan, a restored 1920’s Carousel, a river esplanade, ice-cream, rollerskating, and some sick pizza over at Grimaldi’s. If not Brooklyn Bridge Park, do some lazy strolling on New York City’s High Line: 1.4 miles of abandoned, elevated train track, home to wooden lounge chairs, eccentric abstract murals and sculptures, and an expansive view of the Hudson. Grab a bite at Chelsea Market and make your way up through the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and the Hudson Yards. You can thank us later!
2. Witness some flower realness
If you’re still in Brooklyn, take the train a little further south to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Engage in 52 acres of stunning gardens and exhibits, just in time for cherry blossom season, which the organization is famous for. They even have a live interactional map where you can see which trees on the esplanade have bloomed! You can go as a general admit, or sign up for one of their Seasonal Highlights Tour. They have multimedia presentations and even a plant sale! Tickets are only $15 for adults. OR, head north to hit up the New York Botanical Garden. Taking the 2/5 to Allerton St. gets you blocks away from from a 250 acre landscape, complete with a museum and over one million living plants. Head this weekend just in time for the Garden Art & Antiques Fair or their Plein-Air invitational, in which guests will witness over 20 artists showcase their talent across the garden grounds- guests have an opportunity to do a little painting of their own as well. If you can’t make it this weekend, no worries, the Garden hosts all kinds of special events, from their Mother’s Day Weekend “Garden Party” to outdoor opera presented by the Glimmerglass Festival. Lets not forget good ‘ole general admission and walking audio tours.
3. Two words: Street Fairs
When the weather’s nice, one can’t help but wanting to do everything in the sun. This includes buying local art, eating gourmet food, and drinking craft beers. Guess what? YOU CAN DO ALL THREE IN THE SAME PLACE. Having just opened in the beginning of April, Smorgasburg, referred to as the “The Woodstock of Eating” by the New York Times is home to over 100 local vendors. With Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays, you can spend all weekend eating like the Spring King (or Queen) you are. If you’ve had enough of Brooklyn, head on over to the Long Island City Flea Market, opening up in less than a month. Buy some accent pieces to complement your new digs, drink a cold brew at one of their many beer garden partners, and bask in the view of the East River and yet another angle of New York’s glorious skyline. Make sure to check out the Hester Street Fair, Brooklyn Flea, and the Chelsea Flea Market too!
4. Special Events
Unique only to the springtime (and spilling into summer) NYC hosts some killer arts and cultural events once the April showers clear out. Bronx Week, which takes place May 10-20 showcases some of the Bronx’s finest talent, food vendors and art. With live concerts, a “black-tie star studded event” known as the Bronx Ball, and a parade to close out the week, venture uptown to learn and embrace NYC’s northernmost borough, complete with a trolley tour and even an outdoor performance of Swan Lake. If you’re feeling artsy, Frieze New York is the event for you. The very first weekend of May, head over to a custom, serpentine white tent on NYC’s illustrious Randall’s Island for an international art fair. With over 200 art galleries from around the globe and premier food from around the city, you can get fed and uppity with panel discussions and lectures led by leading art critics and theorists. Finally, get in gear from some free, yes that’s right, free Shakespeare in the Park, produced by New York’s hottest off-Broadway theatre, the Public. With famous Broadway and film actors taking the stage at Central Park’s the Delacorte tickets go fast (also the “free” part doesn’t hurt) so make sure to check the website and get in line early to snag a seat for this seasons productions of Othello and Twelfth Night!
5. Game Day!
You know we couldn’t leave out baseball! Having only started just a couple weeks ago, baseball season is in full swing, and who can say no to beer, hot dogs, and crushing the Red Sox? Take the D train straight to Yankee Stadium and get your game face on or take the 7 to Mets-Willets Point to cheer for New York’s younger National League Franchise, the Mets. Learn the chants, throw popcorn and embrace your competitive side this Spring. We recommend checking out stubhub.com for discount tickets or keep your eyes peeled on the MLB website for coupon codes and deals! Also, if the stadiums have got you feeling sporty, Chelsea Piers, a sports and entertainment complex, offers all kinds of adult classes, camps, and even leagues to scratch that athletics itch. Golf along the Hudson on their four-tiered outdoor driving range, learn some adult gymnastics, or go rock climbing in an 11,000 square foot indoor, dynamic climbing range.