The leaves have grown back, the blossoms have bloomed and the ponds in Central Park have thawed. Yes, Spring has returned to New York City and the tourists are bustling into the city. Seasonally shaped to indulge the tastes of every visitor, New York City offers a diverse of attractions that will satisfy even the most picky tourists. But before you go, you have to be ready to take in the city and to experience everything that it has to offer. The only way you can do this is to be prepared and informed.
What You’ll Need to Take:
1. Take enough money, and then some! New York City can be pricy, especially Spring which is the peak of the tourist season. Make sure you have enough cash for cab trips or subway rides since you may not find parking in New York City unless you’re in Brooklyn or Queens.
2. You’ll need maps! Whether it’s a paper map or a map app on your phone, be sure that you know where you are. The last thing you want is to end up in Jersey. A subway map is also helpful.
3. Bring your itinerary! Itineraries will help you stay on schedule, this way, you can enjoy everything the city has to offer.
Where You Can Go:
Over the years, I have experienced New York City to almost to it’s full extent (although I don’t think I’ll ever be able to completely experience the city), searching every brick and mortar nook and cranny for and fun adventures and unique thrills and have found that most attractions can be found in two boroughs: Brooklyn and Manhattan. Luckily, each of these boroughs has something specific to to offer in the Spring.
The city celebrates the coming of Spring in good taste with New York City’s Official Barbeque at Greenpoint. Brooklyn also hosts an array of wine, beer and food festivals that line the city streets every weekend, making it the perfect pit stop for foodies worldwide. While you’re in Brooklyn, make sure to also tour the Brooklyn Brewery, visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and take a gander at the cherry blossoms, walk through the Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza to taste the fruits of labor of the local city farmers, shop at the trendy independently owned art galleries and boutiques that Brooklyn’s famous for, take the D train down to Coney Island and enjoy a walk on the beach.
One of the hotbeds of world tourism, Manhattan really takes the cake when it comes to hosting events and attractions that captivate the diverse interests of its inhabitants and visitors. If you happen to be in Manhattan in the Spring, visiting Central Park should be at the top of the list. Whether you’re having a picnic on the East Side or taking a stroll near the pond, Central Park is no doubt a sight for sore eyes. Near the southern end of the city, the neighborhoods come alive as the the frost dissolves.
Enjoy these neighborhoods by visiting the wonderful art fairs in Washington Square Park, admiring the fashions of local designers in SoHo’s street shops, trekking your way up to the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, catching a few flicks at the Tribeca Film Festival or the New Directors/New Films Festival on Amsterdam, stopping by Times Square to catch a Broadway show and finishing off the day by heading Uptown to Serendipity to indulge on their nationally recognized, Oprah “favorited” frozen hot chocolate.
New York City is place of celebrations, culture, music and traditions that challenge the very senses. Get out there and see what the city has to offer. You won’t regret it! There are an insurmountable number of events and attractions that take place seasonally and annually in New York City and every year is different, so make sure to keep an eye out for the novelties the city has to offer. For more information about city-wide events visit nyc.gov.