The city of New York is an invigorating and energising travel destination at any time of year, but it’s during the short months of springtime that this most bustling of metropolises really shines. As the biting cold and winds of winter fade away, New York comes out to play in the gentle warmth before the stifling heat of summer descends.
Spring in New York sees the famously forthright population at their mellowest, with cafés, restaurants and bars spilling out on to the pavements, and the iconic parks of the city buzzing with optimistically under-dressed residents enjoying the novelty of sun on skin. To get here remember to book your holiday transfer with Holiday Taxis.
At this time of year, NYC belies its outdated image as an urban jungle of brownstone and gridlock: the streets are lined with beautiful cherry blossom all across the city, while it seems that every spare patch of fire escape and paving stone is pressed into service as a home for potted flowers, no matter how small the space. And of course, Central Park – always an oasis of nature in the sprawl of the city – is a picture of beauty with spring blooms stretching as far as the eye can see, providing a perfect location for a relaxing few hours break from the hectic pace of Manhattan.
In and around Manhattan, the watersides of the Hudson and East River come back to life. Cold, windswept and grey in the winter, in spring they become a focus of boat trips and riverbank picnicking in temperatures that can easily reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit – although with April showers never far away, be prepared with a coat and umbrella too!
Spring is also the time when the cultural side of the city rouses itself once again. This is the season for new Broadway openings, annual shows and exhibitions such as April and May’s Tribeca film festival, and celebrations of nature like the Macy’s Flower Show or the New York Orchid Show extravaganza which turns the NY Botanical Gardens into a blaze of colour that enjoys worldwide renown.
On a slightly different note, April also sees the start of the Major League Baseball season, and where better to catch a taste of traditional Americana than with an afternoon watching a ball game at the famous Yankee stadium, a short trip across the river into The Bronx? Even for non-sports fans, an al fresco hot dog and a beverage or two will leave you in no doubt that you’re making the most of the New York experience.
Late spring in New York is also the time for parades and carnivals, from the spectacular 5th Avenue Easter Day parade, through the LGBT Pride march to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, both chances to experience the full breadth of diversity that this melting pot of a city is famous for.
No matter whether you’re visiting New York on business or for leisure, spring is the time to best experience the energy and vigour of this famous city, during that brief period when humanity and nature live together in easy harmony.
Garima Mehta is a freelance blogger based in Solihull. She is a mother of 2 cheeky kids and loves visiting places of natural & scenic beauty around the world.