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10 Reasons To Love Springtime In New York City

Spring on Park Ave. | © Taís Melillo/Flickr
Spring on Park Ave. | © Taís Melillo/Flickr
New York City is lively year-round, but there’s nothing better than blooming flowers, rising temperatures, sunshine, and al fresco dining. We love New York and we love spring, but just in case you’re on the fence, we give you 10 reasons to love springtime in the Big Apple.

Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Sakura Matsuri Festival is an annual cherry blossom festival that takes place at the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Referred to as the original “rite of spring,” the festival includes more than 60 cultural and botanical events and performances that celebrate this sacred Japanese event.

Sakura Matsuri © Harumi Yukawa/Flickr

The Great Outdoors

It’s NYC and everything is at your disposal. Bike in the park, go for a scenic run – even kayak in the Hudson River (at your own risk).

Public Bicycle Schemes © William Murphy/Flickr

Park Picnics

Yes, NYC is the concrete jungle. But we also have some of the world’s most stunning public parks. From Central Park in Manhattan to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, spring means sunshine (after those April showers) and warm weather. After you’ve worked up an appetite with all that outdoor recreation, relax under the shade of a blooming tree and enjoy a picnic in your nearest park. This is the perfect activity for New Yorkers of all ages.

Central Park © m01229/flickr

The Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival graces New York City each spring, giving us the latest in film and television. New Yorkers have the opportunity to embrace emerging technologies through electrifying exhibitions and interactive installations.

Tribeca Film Festival logo © Tribeca Film Festival/Wikimedia Commons

Bird Migration

Once temperatures rise, more than 230 species of birds can be found in NYC parks. Whether you’re a seasoned bird-watcher or an amateur with a fascination, head to Central Park’s woodlands for a glimpse of some pretty incredible nature.

Cardinal © John Flannery/Flickr

Al Fresco Dining

Rising temperatures mean one important thing for New Yorkers: outdoor drinking and dining. Some of the city’s best rooftop bars and outdoor spots reopen, providing New Yorkers with the opportunity for people-watching. From the Ellington in the Park to the 79th Street Boat Basin, the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park and the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (yes, there is a bar up there), NYC has some pretty unparalleled al fresco options.

The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park © Maria Eklind/Flickr

Blossoming Parks and Gardens

From the stunning public Conservatory Garden by Central Park North to the world-famous horticultural institution that is the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, spring is rather glorious in New York City. No need to pay admission for a glimpse of perfectly manicured nature – our public parks are pristinely kept, sporting blossoming trees and flowers for miles.

central_park_spring_pano © Dave Beckerman/Flickr

Outdoor Classes in Bryant Park

From chess to yoga and evening film screenings, Bryant Park offers more than just a beautiful reprieve in the middle of Midtown. Check out the full schedule of upcoming outdoor events.

chess © Susan Sermoneta/Flickr

Baseball Season Begins

Whether you’re a fan of the Yankees or Mets, for many New Yorkers, baseball is an integral part of the city’s culture. So dust off that hat, and get to a game.

Yankees © Dex(07)/Flickr

Beach Time

Head out to Coney Island or up to the Hudson River Valley to soak up the sun.

Coney Island © Thomas Angermann/Flickr