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:
- When it actually is spring…
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.