It’s warm-weather time again in NYC... aka spring! Flowers are blooming and you’ll soon be able to feel the sun’s warmth on your skin, without it needing to permeate several layers of winter wear first.
When it comes to taking advantage of the spring scenery, New Yorkers have loads of options. The first big, blooming event is at the New York Botanical Garden, where the annual flora festival returns for its 17th year. This year’s theme, The Orchid Show: Singapore, will transform the garden into an orchid extravaganza with thousands of orchids in various colors and shapes. The garden also offers an evening event, where visitors can enjoy the gorgeous blooms after dark, when they’re beautifully illuminated by the garden’s light display. The show runs until April 28, 2019.
Since there’s no such thing as too much flower-watching in spring, you won’t want to miss the annual Cherry Blossom Festival NYC at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The festival, which celebrates rich Japanese culture, is a spring must-see. It features dozens of activities, including music and drama performances, workshops and demonstrations, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, and, of course, Japanese-inspired food and drink. Be sure to buy your tickets early, as this event will surely sell out.
In March 2019, Hudson Yards debuted its unique attraction, The Vessel. The interactive spiral staircase has almost 2,500 steps and glorious city views from each of its 80 landings. Visit www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com to reserve your free tickets.
If you want more great NYC views, take stroll along the historical High Line. The High Line is a public park built on a historic elevated rail line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Go there for the views, the food and drink, the public art, the gardens, and other cool events, such as the upcoming Hat Party. A new section of the park, The Spur, opens in June 2019. The new section displays even more artistic design features, artwork and greenery to enjoy on a sunny spring day.
Arts and Theater
Do you love art in all shapes and sizes? Then head to Randall’s Island this May for Frieze New York. This enormous art fair runs from May 2-5, 2019, and boasts artwork from more than 200 of the world’s top galleries for your perusal. Check out www.frieze.com for tickets.
Shakespeare comes to Central Park this May, courtesy of The Public Theater. The organization produces shows for the public’s enjoyment, and yes, tickets are free. Shakespeare in the Park runs from May 21-Aug. 11, 2019. The lineup this season includes “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Coriolanus,” along with the production of the Disney musical, “Hercules.” Tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are usually in high demand; for more information on how to snag your ticket, visit www.publictheater.org.
We believe spring is as much about food as it is about flowers, and we’re not the only ones who think so, which is why Smorgasburg returns to Brooklyn on April 20, 2019. Vendors at the open food market at East River State park in Williamsburg are bringing out the good stuff, as always. The market has 75-100 vendors every weekend until Oct. 27, serving specialties to satisfy any and all cravings. A visit to Smorgasburg is like taking a kid to the candy store, you’ll want some of everything.
Another foodcentric spring event takes pace in Queens every Saturday from April 20-Aug. 17, 2019. The Queens Night Market has food from all over the world ... 80 countries to be exact. Whether you fancy Middle Eastern, Caribbean or Czech food, there’s something for everyone. Get your tickets at www.queensnightmarket.com. Several bands and performers take the stage very weekend, so you can watch live performances while you nosh on international delicacies.
On Tues. April 23, 2019, Union Square becomes an earth-friendly marketplace for Earth Day. You’ll learn how to make a positive impact on the environment by making changes to your lifestyle or by affecting change within your community. Attendees of this street fair have one goal in mind: preserving our planet. You’ll be so inspired by the many environmental nonprofits and green businesses there, you’ll definitely want to do your part. The celebration runs from noon-6:30 p.m. Be there or be square!
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