New York City’s weather has been a bit unpredictable lately, to say the least (flip-flop weather one week, snow the next). But within those forecast fluctuations lie hints of spring –– a particularly lovely time of year to enjoy the city. Whether you’re a local or tourist, here are seven things to love and look forward to during spring in NYC.
No more winter layers.
As chic as winter coats, boots and hats can be, it gets old after so many months of being bundled up. During spring, New Yorkers can shed their winter layers in favor of this season’s newest fashion trends, and ladies can actually wear skirts and dresses without doubling up on the wool tights.
NYC is beautiful in bloom.
From Central Park to small community gardens , blooming daffodils, tulips and flowering trees are a beautiful sight. Explore a nearby park or attend the Japanese cherry blossom festival – either way, you’ll be able to enjoy this scenic time of year.
The city smells best during spring.
Spring in NYC is unique in that the city’s flowers actually makes the air smell sweet. Enjoy it while you can, because summer is just around the corner, which means the return of that signature “hot garbage” scent.
Even if you’re not a follower of baseball, it’s always fun to stop by a sports bar to see Yankees and Mets fans yelling at the games on TV. Also, attending a baseball game is one of those experiences every NYC local should have at some point. You don’t need to be a diehard fan to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium kicking back, watching the game, and ordering plenty of beer and ballpark treats.
The return of dining al fresco.
During spring in NYC, restaurants and bars start opening their doors, allowing patrons to savor one of the best parts of the city’s food scene – dining al fresco. The weather is comfortably warmer, without being too humid and sticky, and it’s the best time of year to sit outside, indulge in brunches and cocktails, and people watch, or pack a picnic and head to the closest park.
New produce selections at farmers markets.
It’s always fun to peruse the fresh produce selections at farmers markets, but spring brings several seasonal favorites back to the mix. Have you ever tried fresh ramps or fiddlehead ferns? They’re delicious but only available during a small window of time. Head to your local farmers market this spring and take advantage of the season’s freshest offerings.
Sleeping with the window open.
Cool breezes wafting through the windows during the spring makes for an amazing night’s sleep. Not only is it beneficial health-wise to sleep in a cooler room, but you don’t have to worry about mosquitos biting. Even with window screens, those pesky buggers seem to find their way into your apartment during the city’s sweltering summers. So enjoy the fresh air of spring nights while they last.
Don’t you love spring in NYC?