New York City: Spring

Fri, May 24, 2019

New York City: Spring

Springtime in NYC is often overlooked for autumn and the winter holidays, and it wasn’t until I lived here that I realized how wonderful springtime is in the city! New York is full of gardens, as big as the rolling 250 acres of New York Botanical Garden and as small the West Side Community Garden, tucked away between brownstones on W 89th St. Tulips and cherry blossoms grow like weeds in this city and come late April, it seems the whole city is bursting with blooms! The air smells like peonies and dew and all you need is a light jacket…can you tell I love springtime?

The best time to visit New York for optimal spring weather and peak blooms is the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May. This is usually when the tulips are on their way out and the cherry blossoms are on their way in and you’ll get to see them both in all their glory! The weather this time of the year is usually mid 60’s and perfect for jeans and a t-shirt or dress and a jacket. Obviously, the best part of spring is the weather and the gardens, so below I will list the best ones to visit during your time here. And because the weather is so pleasant outside, a lot of the activities I would recommend for spring are the same that I would recommend for summer. So for this blog post, I will stick to spring specific activities like the city gardens, but you should also reference my NYC summer blog post when I post it in June for a more general list of things to do in spring as well!

Things To Do

Eats & Treats

Coffee: Merriweather, Hutch & Waldo, Loosie’s Kitchen

Breakfast: La Mercerie, Bluebird London

Brunch: Little Prince, Laduree SOHO (must sit in the courtyard), Tartine (sit outside & BYOB)

Lunch: Butcher’s Daughter, Bluestone Lane, By Chloe

Dinner: AbcV, Palma, Jams, La Pecora Bianca

Drinks: While We Were Young, Cafe Colette, The MET Rooftop Garden & Bar, Le Pain Quotidien in Central Park at Conservatory Water

Dessert: DO Cookie Dough Confections, Laduree (Madison Ave.) Magnolia Bakery, Little Cupcake Bakeshop

West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
West Side Community Garden tulip festival
Bridle Path cherry blossom trees near the reservoir
Bridle Path cherry blossom trees near the reservoir
Blooms in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Blooms in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Blooms in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Blooms in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Cherry Blossom trees on Columbus Ave near W 83rd St.
Cherry Blossom trees on Columbus Ave near W 83rd St.
Blooms in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Blooms in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Me in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Me in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Tulips in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Tulips in Theodore Roosevelt Park
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Me in Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Me in Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Nate and I in Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Nate and I in Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Me in Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Me in Riverside Park near the 91st St. garden
Cherry blossoms in Riverside Park near 91st St.
Cherry blossoms in Riverside Park near 91st St.
Riverside Park near W 95th St.
Riverside Park near W 95th St.
Me in Riverside Park near W 95th St.
Me in Riverside Park near W 95th St.
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Flowering trees in Central Park near The Obelisk
Flowering trees in Central Park near The Obelisk
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms near Washington Square Park
Blooms near Washington Square Park
Flowering trees in Central Park behind the MET
Flowering trees in Central Park behind the MET
Blooms in Washington Square Park
Blooms in Washington Square Park
On Cherry Hill in Central Park
On Cherry Hill in Central Park
Central Park, creek near W 77th St.
Central Park, creek near W 77th St.
On Cherry Hill in Central Park
On Cherry Hill in Central Park
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
On Cherry Hill in Central Park
On Cherry Hill in Central Park
View of daffodils and The Lake in Central Park
View of daffodils and The Lake in Central Park
Blooming trees near The Lake in Central Park
Blooming trees near The Lake in Central Park
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Blooming trees near The Lake in Central Park
Blooming trees near The Lake in Central Park
Blooming trees in front of the famous San Remo building
Blooming trees in front of the famous San Remo building
Magnolia trees in Central park near the Alexander Hamilton Monument
Magnolia trees in Central park near the Alexander Hamilton Monument
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Tulips in Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Tulips in Shakespeare Garden in Central Park
Grace Church courtyard in East Village
Grace Church courtyard in East Village
Blooms on The Upper West Side
Blooms on The Upper West Side
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Blooms on The Upper West Side
Blooms on The Upper West Side
Bridle Path cherry blossoms near the reservoir
Bridle Path cherry blossoms near the reservoir
Blooms near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Blooms near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Tulips near The Women's Gate of Central Park near W 72nd St.
Bridle Path cherry blossoms near the reservoir
Bridle Path cherry blossoms near the reservoir
Tulips for sale at an UWS bodega
Tulips for sale at an UWS bodega
Flowering tree in Riverside Park near W 72nd St.
Flowering tree in Riverside Park near W 72nd St.