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Dina’s 10 Favorite Things About Spring in NYC

I love every season in my favorite city, New York. Spring in New York is great because it starts to warm up (usually). As with every season in New York, there are many events. These are my favorite.

My favorite things about spring in New York City:

  1. When it actually is spring…
  2. The Easter parade–Historically, this was a day for New York’s well-to-do to parade up and down Fifth Avenue in their finery. Today, it’s another excuse (which New Yorkers love) to wear a costume. This parade is all about hats. The crazier the better. And the best part is you can be in the parade. Don your creative hat and join in the fun!
  3. The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx–The gardens are a great day trip from the city, and what better excuse than to view the orchids.  
  4. Ukrainian festival–The St. George Ukrainian Festival occurs each May on East. 7th Street in the East Village, celebrating Ukrainian food, music, dancing and culture. This year’s festival is May 18-20. This area used to be a Ukrainian neighborhood. You can also visit the Ukrainian Museum.
  5. Street fairs–This is a great time of year for street fairs and festivals. As the weather warms up, it’s nice to be outside and checking out what the vendors have to offer. On the weekend, there’s usually a street fair somewhere.
  6. Ninth Avenue International Food Festival–This outdoor street festival celebrates the diversity of food available in Hell’s Kitchen. Local restaurants set up booths along Ninth Ave. selling their specialties. 
  7. Fleet Week–Fleet Week is eagerly awaited by every single New York female. It’s a time when sailors and Marines are on leave and carouse the streets of Manhattan, especially Hell’s Kitchen where they are docked. There are many special events scheduled around the city and at the Intrepid Museum in Midtown to celebrate.
  8. Taste of the Upper West Side–This is a fun event that celebrates the restaurants of the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. There are food celebrities, tastings, and music.
  9. St. Anthony Fest–This is an annual festival on the Saint’s feast day, June 13, celebrating St. Anthony of Padua at the church that bears his name on Sullivan and Houston Streets in Soho. There are masses throughout the day, food in the church hall, and a procession throughout the village that anyone can participate in, and the giving away of loaves of bread. If you are Catholic, it is a very spiritual event and even if you are not Catholic, it is great to see how busy New York traffic stops for a moment as the procession walks by.
  10. Roses at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden–The roses are in bloom in June at the Cranford Rose Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and are a must-see. The beauty and peace of the gardens is a welcome break from the concrete jungle.

 

 

 

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10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side This May

I’m a downtown girl, but my favorite reason to head uptown is the Taste of the Upper West Side. It’s a great celebration of restaurants and chefs in the neighborhood. This year, it is being held Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. Each night there’s a unique and fun event with a DJ and plenty of food from your favorite area restaurants.

Summer in the City: Surf & Turf, an event hosted by celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli & Adam Richman, along with Frank Bruni, former New York Times restaurant critic and author of A Meatloaf in Every Oven
When: Friday, May 19, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where:  Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
Participating restaurants include Maison Pickle, The Fat Monk, Kirsh Bakery, Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, Momofuku Milk Bar, Shake Shack, Playa Betty’s, The Meatball Shop, Han Dynasty…to name a few.
Cost:  $105 per person or 2 for $185
The first 200 ticket purchasers will receive a copy of Alex Guarnaschelli’s OldSchool Comfort Food or Frank Bruni’s A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes from Mom’s to Mario Batali’s.                                                      

 

Best of the West VIP Reception Presented by 21 West End, an event hosted by Jesse Palmer, host of Disney’s ESPN and ABC Networks, along with James Beard Award-winners Chef April Bloomfield and Restaurateur Ken Friedman
When: Saturday, May 20th, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
Participating restaurants include Jean Georges, Boulud Sud, Rosa Mexiano, The Leopard at des Artistes, Jacques Torres Chocolate, Carmine’sto name a few.
VIP Cost: $225 per person (VIP ticket holders have a private lounge area and receive a gift bag.)
The first 100 VIP Ticket purchasers will receive a complimentary,
signed copy of April Bloomfield’s new book (one per order, only).

 

Best of the West Presented by Park West Village, an event hosted by Jesse Palmer, host of Disney’s ESPN and ABC Networks, along with James Beard Award-winners Chef April Bloomfield and Restaurateur Ken Friedman
When: Saturday, May 20th
General Admission: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
Participating restaurants include Jean Georges, Boulud Sud, Rosa Mexiano, The Leopard at des Artistes, Jacques Torres Chocolate, Carmine’sto name a few.
General Admission Cost:  $135 per person or 2 for $250

 

The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, created the annual event and donates all net proceeds to the area for improvement and beautification projects.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://tasteuws.com/