Spring is here…and there’s nothing like springtime in New York City. The snow’s melted away, temperatures are climbing into the 60s, the sky is clear (for now) and the city is literally sparkling. From walks in the park to dining al fresco, here are a few great ways to enjoy the city in springtime.
Brunch in the West Village
You won’t be the only one with this idea, but sometimes it’s just worth the wait to have brunch in one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods. The outdoor tables come out almost as soon as the sun does, and the people watching possibilities are at their best on weekends. Try a local favorite, like Extra Virgin, Tartine or Braeburn, or book in advance with OpenTable.
A Walk Along the High Line
Whether brunching in the West Village or gallery-hopping in Chelsea, you’ll want to make time for a walk along one of New York’s newest and most inventive public spaces, the High Line. Enter at Gansevoort Street and walk to 20th Street, grab some sun on one of the many sleek benches or other seating areas, and finish with some shopping or a cappuccino in Chelsea Market.
A Stroll in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
For proof that Mother Nature is just as excited about spring as we are, head to these sprawling gardens (adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park). Right now, the earliest blooms are appearing, including peach blossoms and fragrant winter honeysuckle (see photos here); stay tuned for the cherry blossoms in April and May.
A Picnic From the Greenmarket
The months of root vegetables and citrus fruits are drawing to a close…finally…and the foodies are out in full force at the city’s largest greenmarket, open Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat in Union Square. Even if you don’t have a NYC kitchen to cook in, you can assemble a great picnic at the Greenmarket, which features everything from homemade pretzels to artisan breads to freshly made cheeses, and eat it outside in the sun.
A Cold Beer in Queens
Go back in time with a visit to the century-old Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens, billed as the last remaining original beer garden in all of New York City. An institution among the Czech and Slovak communities in the neighborhood, it’s also a great place to sip a cold one and nibble on a spicy knockwurst sausage while enjoying some spring sun.