Top Reasons to Visit NYC This Spring
Is there anything better than packing up your winter coat and stepping outside to feel a spring breeze? In the Big Apple, the vibe is ecstatic. The list of reasons to visit New York City this spring seems to blossom like the tulips on Park Avenue and the trees in Central Park.
To inspire your urban spring getaway, our Loews Regency New York team recommends these top 11 things to do in New York City during the spring season:
Enjoy NYC’s Incredible Parks
1) “Every spring I attend the Sakura Matsuri Festival to see the Cherry Blossoms and the flowers (specifically the tulips – my favorite flower!) that have bloomed at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.” —Sandy Peng, Assistant Director of Finance
2) “Go on a picnic in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. It’s a short train ride from Manhattan, and on Saturdays there is a greenmarket that sells local produce, breads, cheeses and all sorts of other goods that are perfect for a picnic. The people watching in this park is excellent, and it’s a beautiful area to walk around after eating. This is the perfect activity for those who want to branch out of Manhattan and explore other boroughs. After your picnic, make sure to head to the nearby Botanic Garden to see some blooming cherry blossoms, or to one of the numerous nearby outdoor patio bars to unwind.” —Nicolette Vanco, Sales Coordinator
3) “The High Line is a relaxing stroll through the west side of the city without all the commotion. It’s a great place to picnic if you can grab a spot early! When the weather warms up, you can hang out and catch some sun, while sitting right on the water and next to ample greenery.” —Gabrielle Lewis, Event Sales and Services Manager
4) “One of my favorites things is going to Battery Park and strolling with my wife and daughters to the tip of the park. From there you can see Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey. As we stroll by the water, we usually make our way to Gigino Ristorante at Wagner Park (next to Battery Park), have a wonderful meal, enjoy a glass of wine looking at Lady Liberty with the sunset on her back, and watch sailboats passing by.” —David Moreno, Chef Concierge
Dine Outside and Even on the Water
5) “I love to spend a Saturday afternoon on the Grand Banks oyster boat bar that is harbored in the Hudson River. It is one of the most majestic places to watch the sun set! I recommend the Kusshi Oysters from British Colombia with any local NYC craft beer.” —Nicholas Farina, Hotel Manager
6) “Go to Smorgasburg* in Williamsburg! Why? Because it is a foodie’s paradise with 100 local New York vendors providing amazing food in a beautiful setting overlooking Manhattan and the skyline. My tip is to get there early if you want to try the Ramen burger (the hamburger buns are actually ramen). It’s delicious and worth the trip.” —David Cooper, Access Sales Manager
* Michael Chan, Assistant VIP Manager, is also a big Smorgusburg fan, adding, “It’s great to go with friends and family to share all different types of food with one another.”
7) “During the spring, I love going to the Beer Garden in Astoria on a semi-chilly night to grab some great food and a beer. You can go with a group or just with a friend and end up making many more friends by the end of the night. It’s also kid-friendly on weekends, with bands playing and picnic tables outdoors. Be careful of weekend nights, as the line to get in can be long.” —David Klimkowski, Assistant Director of Front Office
8) “I enjoy a Sunday brunch on the Patio of Blvd Bistro on Lenox Avenue in Harlem. The food is absolutely delicious! I would suggest everyone try the shrimp and grits. Their outside space is set off the street so you can really enjoy all the fashionable New Yorkers strolling by in the latest spring trends.” —Deanna Walter, Director of Front Office
Get Active with a Memorable Jog or Bike Ride (followed by a picnic)
9) “I like to take the ferry to Governors Island and rent bikes and ride around. Then, with my packed picnic, I would enjoy some wine and cheese on one of the lawns!” —Ashleigh Bowers Narcelles, Director of Sales
10) “I love jogging up Riverside Park to the Washington Bridge. It is a great way to see the banks of the Hudson River come back to life after the winter. It’s also a unique way to see some of the best examples of pre- and post- war architecture the city has to offer. I recommend going in the mid afternoon so that you catch sunset on the Hudson River as you finish your jog.” —Daniel Ben-Efraim, Director of Marketing
11) “My favorite thing is to run along the East River. Running along the water is so relaxing and makes you feel like you are experiencing all that NYC has to offer. It’s a hidden gem. Mid-day is a great time to do this. There are basketball courts, a dog park and a ton of benches. If I’m walking instead, I love grabbing a deli sandwich and eating along the water.” —Haley Ingraham, Director of Entertainment Sales
We can’t wait to welcome you to Loews Regency New York to help you unlock the best that NYC has to offer this spring!
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