Best Places to Celebrate Spring in NYC
Congratulations, you’ve officially survived an NYC winter! Spring is one of the best times to live in New York City, thanks to comfortable weather and plenty to do. Unlike the summer, many NYC residents make the most of their time in the city, rather than going on weekend getaways. Here are some of our top picks of places to enjoy spring.
Where to Enjoy Spring in NYC
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Located in the Financial District between Coenties Alley and William St., Stone St. offers a pedestrian only cobblestone street lined with outdoor tables from various bars and restaurants. Note that it may be tough to get a table during peak hours, so call any of the restaurants on Stone St. ahead of time so you can ensure you’ll have an outdoor seat.
Hudson River Park
Running along the west side from Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan up to 59th St., Hudson River Park offers a great trail along the Hudson River for runners and bikers. Between West 18th St. and West 22nd St., you can find batting cages, a golf range, and rock climbing. There are tennis courts at the intersection with West Houston St. in Greenwich Village. On warm days, you can also sail, row kayak, and stand up paddleboard in designated areas on the water.
Discover a New Park!
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Looking to avoid the crowds of Central Park and the High Line? Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side is a quiet park that is now easy to reach thanks to the Second Avenue Subway. Take the Q train up to 86th street and head east until you hit the park. Carl Schurz Park runs from the Mayor’s estate, Gracie Mansion, down until 79th street. You’ll be able to enjoy a waterfront running path with various benches, two dog runs, and plenty of space to lay a towel down and enjoy a great picnic. Looking to give back? The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy looks for volunteers every month to help keep the park beautiful.
Festivals, Outdoor Markets, & Street Fairs
New Yorkled Magazine has an entire page filled with street fairs and festivals going on throughout the entire city, with updates for every season.
For residents of Post Towers and 37 Wall St., the World Trade Center Community fair is free to attend and takes place every Memorial Day. You’ll get to explore 20 different food booths, along with over 100 merchandise booths ranging from handmade metal statues to baskets and jewelry.
For residents of 194 East Second Street, the Tompkins Square Greenmarket takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll have access to specialty produce, baked goods, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, and more all with local farmers. There’s also cooking demonstrations and special events during the spring. Grow NYC contains a full list of vendors, along with when they attend.