Despite Mother Nature holding out on warm weather in New York, the calendar says it’s spring. And when the sun finally showers over the city, it’s time to get out and play.
Visiting New York City in the spring can make you fall in love. The streets swell up with dog walkers, joggers, photo takers, and sight-seekers as everyone is eager to enjoy the first taste of sunshine. Window shoppers scout out bargains, food trucks come out to serve fresh off the grill snacks, and colors start to shine again. From Manhattan to Queens, and Brooklyn to the Rockaways, here’s where to find spring in the air this year.
Happy hour lovers will get a kick out of outdoor beer gardens, and a favorite amongst New Yorkers is Astorian institution, Bohemian Hall. One of the originals in the city, Bohemian Hall brings the flavor of the old country with an affordable bar menu serving Czech delights inside. Kielbasa and other grilled favorites are available along with pitchers of Czech beers, like Staropramen. A must at least once, visit on a calm night when locals like to play cards and board games.
Former military post turned favorite warm weather hangout, Governors Island is the perfect choice for a day out on a sunny day. Free ferry rides take you on a short trip along the Hudson where you’ll pass close ups of Lady Liberty and drop you off on a plot of historic land where families, couples, and the outdoorsy congregate. There is plenty of activity fun on this five mile stretch including car-free biking and acres of green space for picnics, art exhibitions, performances and other events. Check their calendar for weekly happenings as it’s quickly becoming a go-to spot for escaping the concrete jungle.
Had a long day? Midtown workers know how you feel. That’s why you’ll catch businessmen and laborers sprawled along this great lawn in the middle of the afternoon. Some nights you’ll find dozens of people taking a unison yoga class, other times you can catch a rival game of chess or ping pong. There’s room for everyone to enjoy a little break at Bryant Park. Grab a spot on the lawn in the early evening and take in a pre-dinner snack with a loved one by your side, you’ll fit right in.
Not only is it spring but it’s also baseball season. Batter up! With the new stadium turning heads of hardcore fans everywhere, this is the year to see the Bronx Bombers take home a win at Yankee Stadium. No better way to soak in a quintessential New York experience than snacking on a hot dog and slurping ice cream in a hat while watching future legends score a home run. Get your tickets now and hop on the 4 uptown, your seats are waiting!
For family-friendly fun, head to the lovely Prospect Park Zoo off Flatbush in Brooklyn. Modeled after Central Park set in what feels like the suburbs of this outer borough, this is a wonderful zoo for young children as toddlers can see animals up close. It maintains mostly domestic animals and small creatures in addition to a petting zoo with cows, sheep and goats. Some of the larger and more exotic creatures include sea lions, baboons and emus. Don’t miss the chance to see a sea lion feeding and meet and greet with a keeper!