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What To Do In New York In May

By Kelsey, 26. April 2017
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New York in May

is particularly beautiful! Everything is blooming and the sun rays always keep you in a good mood. Spring also brings a lot of outdoor events to New York! Some that are new and some that happen yearly. Check out the attractions below to experience the Spring beauty of New York in May! 

Our favorite things to do in NYC in May

Check out all the things NYC has to offer!


Japan Day

Every year, in New York, Japan Day is celebrated. Japan Day is a cultural festival that is one of the highlights in spring. The event takes place in the Central Park on the Rumsey Playfield and offers everything from Hello Kitty Mascots to workshops on Origami folding techniques and performances by Japanese musicians and dancers. Sounds like the perfect Sunday, right? Head to Central Park on May 14th in between 9:30am-4pm. For more details, click here.

Central Park

  • Fleet Week

For 28 years, Fleet Week has been celebrated annually in New York – a 7-day celebration in honor of members of the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. The festivities begin with a hull on the Hudson River and include, among others, the Memorial Day – below. Many other activities are spread all over New York, for example at Pier 92 in Manhattan, Staten Island and Eisenhower Park, May 24-30, 2017.

  • Art in the park

In Washington Square Park, there is a special art exhibition every year – outdoors! From May 27th onwards until September, the works of art from various exhibitors can be viewed. NYU students as well as famous artists exhibit their sculptures, paintings and carvings in the park. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Five Boro Bike Tour

Have you always wanted to take a bicycle through Manhattan? On May 7th, 32,000 participants will meet for the “Five Boro Bike Tour” to cycle through all 5 boroughs in New York. The riders will be riding 40 miles in total. Driving through the city without traffic is only possible once a year when America’s largest cycling event takes place. Driving on a bike that is! 

The “Five Boro Bike Tour” bike marathon takes almost an entire day and takes place throughout the Big Apple, including all five city districts. The 32,000 attendees are routed through the streets of Manhattan, through the green and blossoming Central Park, Ride across five big bridges, roll through the Brooklyn and Queens scene districts, and the Bronx to end up in the pedals and head for Staten Island. The atmosphere is similar to running events: Breathtaking.

Bike NYC

  • Governors Island is again accessible

After a long winter break, Governors Island re-opens on May 1st. This insider tip is still undiscovered terrain for many, while the former military island has so much to offer. For just $ 2, the ferry takes you  to the mysterious island in a short drive from Lower Manhattan .

Governors Island is the perfect retreat from the bustling New York City. It seems as if you have been moved to another time, and you can get an authentic picture of the way of life at Governors Island. It has something mysterious and so wonderful to explore this island. An excursion, even with small children, is definitely recommendable. The car-free island offers so much for young and old that you must have seen it for yourself.

  • Memorial Day 2017 in New York

On the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is celebrated in honor of the Fallen in the War for the Fatherland. Officially, summer is in sight. It will be quieter in Manhattan on this day as most do not have to go into the office on this day. Many are looking for a cozy place in the sun in the park, or relaxing at one of the many rooftops bars. All sights are open on this day, however, the shops also remain open in the day – for you as a tourist does not change much, except empty subways and buses and less stressed New Yorkers on the sidewalks.

Central Park

  • Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge, in New York  is a totally fascinating and beautiful event that only occurs twice a year, around May 28th and July 12th: a sunset where the light of the under-sun falls in a straight line through the house sides of the east-west streets of Manhattan. On another two days, this is not 100%, but it is the next day from the official Manhattanhenge date.

The green terrace in the middle of Manhattan is a great experience in fine weather. Walk from the Meatpacking District (Gansevoort Street) on the High Line towards Uptown and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. For a total of six years, Manhattan is enjoying this highlight and attracts countless visitors every day. The Highline is in May the ideal place for a relaxing rest, or as a wonderful walking distance (1.5 kilometers). All the details of  the Highline Park you can read here.

  • Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise

Treat your mom to an elegant brunch this Mother’s Day while cruising the New York harbor for 2.5 hours. You will be accompanied by beautiful views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty and more! Boarding is at 2:00pm and your brunch will start briefly after. For tickets and more information, click here.

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  • Free Summer Movies Begin

On May 28th, various parks in New York will be showing outdoor movies during the evening. These movies will be shown in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx! Enjoy the outdoors on beautiful night. For a complete schedule, click here.


Sports events in NYC in May

What teams are playing where?


  • Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of NYC’s famous teams play live!

One of the things you definitely shouldn’t miss out on when in NYC is visiting a sports game! From the Knicks to the Giants NYC has some great teams to go watch and play. You can check out all the upcoming sports games in NYC below – or alternatively go check out our article with a breakdown of all the teams and where they play!

  • What Yankees games are on in May? Check out available tickets here!

The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and have won the most titles of any team in the league – 27 in all. In light of their storied past, they consistently call themselves “World Champion”. Missing the opportunity to see one of their games live would be a big mistake! You can check for tickets and availabilities below during April!

Check for Yankees Tickets

Concerts in NYC in April

Listen to some great music in one of NYC’s famous venues!

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