Spring holiday? Head to New York

Finally, the days are getting longer, the birds are singing and soon the daffodils will be pushing their way up through the earth. Spring is here and it’s time to get your holiday organised – step up New York City!

– Post in collaboration with NewYork.co.uk

There’s so much to do during the spring in New York, it’s the perfect time for sightseeing as it is not too hot, not too cold, the vibe in the city is happy with people spending lots of time outside in parks and playgrounds. Spring brings New York to life.

Don’t worry if you are travelling over Easter. It’s a low key affair in New York so attractions, shops and subways are all open and fully operational. Take a look at the calendar of events to see what to do in New York and read on for my tips on New York during the Spring.

– Eric is the owner and creator of newyork.co.uk offering tips and advice to anyone travelling to New York. Check out his site for tips and information, events calendars and tickets for attractions, shows, sports games and tours.

Central Park

Spring in NYC

Central Park is buzzing with life no matter the season, but there’s something about spring time that brings New York’s main garden to life.

Grab lunch-to-go and head on over to Central Park for a leisurely picnic. Or rent a bike and spend the day exploring the park, find the hidden waterfalls, visit Shakespeare’s Garden, Strawberry Fields and Belvedere Castle. Another option is to rent a boat on the lake, a lovely way to relax.

Or how about horse riding? You can even take a horseback tour around Central Park. Head to Central Park Zoo, when the sun is out, as so are all the animals. It’s a small zoo which is easy to get around in a couple of hours and is a really nice family activity.

New York by boat

Spring in NYC

Experiencing the Manhattan skyline from the water gives you a whole new perspective on the city. The stillness of the river and the iconic city landscapes are definitely instagram worthy. During spring you can sit on the top deck, feel the wind in your hair and listen as the guide points out the many landmarks. See the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, pass under the Brooklyn Bridge and alongside Roosevelt Island. There are a few different boat tours to choose from with varying routes and departure times.

Yankees Season

Once the snow melts and the leaves start to appear, it not only means that Spring has sprung; in New York it also means that baseball season has begun.

My favourite team, the New York Yankees, play at Yankee Stadium from April to October. Even if you don’t know the game or are not in to sport at all, the atmosphere in the stadium alone is worth taking the time to catch a game. They play regularly during days and evenings throughout the season.

Off the beaten track

There are a couple of really nice walking spots in New York that offer great views, greenery and a get away from the hustle and bustle.

High Line Park is one of New York’s newer additions, a park built on an abandoned railway track over the city. Walk along the paths, where you can still see the old rail tracks, now alive with flora, art works and surrounded by amazing architecture. First take the subway to Meatpacking District and grab a bite to eat before walking back to Manhattan over the High Line.

A more traditional New York pastime is to take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. If you want to make a day of it, I recommend taking the subway from Manhattan to High Street Brooklyn and walking over the Squibb Park Bridge and through Brooklyn Bridge Park. Stop for some lunch and to explore DUMBO and then walk back to Manhattan over the bridge for the best views.

Visit Coney Island

Spring in NYC

On the South West side of Brooklyn and reachable by subway, you have the old school beach peninsula, Coney Island. Spend the day walking the Boardwalk, get a hot dog at iconic Nathan’s, visit the Aquarium and, if there at the weekend, spend some time riding the roller coasters at Luna Park.

A great way to see both Brooklyn and Coney Island is to take a tour, the Brooklyn and Coney Island Pizza tour is the perfect way to combine sightseeing, fun and pizza!

Fuel and Refresh

All that fresh air, walking and exploring is sure to work up an appetite and New York has so much to offer. Have breakfast in diners like the locals, take a picnic to the park, and head to a rooftop bar for great views. Here are a few suggestions for where to refuel and refresh.

Breakfast in New York

For breakfast, you simply can’t go wrong in New York. If you’re in Midtown, go to a diner for eggs and unlimited coffee. I like Theatre Row on Broadway or, for something more entertaining, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where all the serving staff are budding Broadway singers is definitely different.

If you prefer breakfast on the go, grab a bagel and head to a local park. Pick A Bagel has locations through the city, they have a huge range of bagels, cream cheeses and other toppings plus you can get all sorts of muffins, cookies and sandwiches, along with good coffee.

Looking for a long leisurely breakfast or lunch, head to Buvette in Greenwich village, with great service and a lovely menu of french delights. You can sit outside on their small terrace if you can get a table, but inside is nice too.

Lunch in New York 

Spring in NYC

Head to Stone Street in Financial District for an afternoon or evening of al fresco indulgence. A great place to go if you’ve just been to the Statue of Liberty or 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The pedestrianised cobblestone street is full of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. In the spring, benches and tables fill the streets so grab a seat and stay a while!

One of my favourite things to do is grab some food at a Whole Foods and head to a park or take the Roosevelt Island Tram to Roosevelt Island for a picnic. There are branches of Whole Foods all over the city offering tasty salads, sushi, sandwiches and hot dishes. If you are planning to go to Central Park or Roosevelt Island, use the one at Columbus Circle.

Dinner in New York

Spring in NYC

For me, the best way to enjoy the city sights and a nice meal is to take a dinner cruise. My favourite option is the Bateaux as the boat has floor to ceiling windows so you get a great view from wherever you are sitting. It’s a family friendly option for a night out with good food and great views.

For a quick bite on your first night in the city, you can’t go wrong with a pizza or a burger. I like John’s Pizzeria on Times Square or for a burger head to Shake Shack, there is a great branch in Madison Square Park with a terrace, all lit up and a view of the Flatiron Building.

Pre theatre or a group? Carmines is perfect. New York Italian atmosphere, huge plates of delicious Italian food to share (the penne ala vodka is awesome) and within walking distance of Broadway theatres.

Later in the evening, there are a number of Rooftop bars around the city for a cocktail. Head to 230 Fifth Avenue for great views of the Empire State Building, The Gansevoort in Meatpacking District for a hip vibe or the top of the standard for full on glamour.

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