The 38 Best Things to Do in Spring in NYC 2022

What to do in the spring in New York? We've got you covered!

For us, Spring in New York is the best time of the year. It’s finally getting warmer out and everything starts blooming. More than ever we are looking forward to enjoying springtime in New York with a cup of coffee and drinking it in the beautiful Central Park.

Steffen and Tino at Gallow Green NYC Rooftop BarEven though Spring in New York is a very short season, there is a lot to explore and going on in the city. End of March, April and May are super exciting!

In this article, we show you the absolute best Things to Do in Spring in New York to make the most of your time in the Big Apple including the best events and tours.

My TOP 38 Things to Do in Spring in New York

Here is a list of our favorite activities and tours you should do when you’re visiting New York during spring:

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    Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

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    You don’t have to fly to Japan to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms. Did you know you can get this same experience during spring in New York? It’s true! In April, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, there’s a bloom of cherry blossoms each year. The event goes from April 1st until the end of the month, and visitors come from all corners of the Earth to view this event. 

    Not only are the cherry blossoms gorgeous, but the botanical garden itself is worth a visit as well. You’ll have a hard time believing that you see so many rare plants in the middle of New York City!

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    Macy’s Flower Show

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    Florals are a natural part of spring but are groundbreaking when they’re presented by an iconic department store like Macy’s. Macy’s marquee stores in NYC present a two-week show that presents nearly one million trees, plants, and flowers to celebrate spring for both nature and fashion. 

    People from near and far flock to this exhibition each year, and it’s one of the best places to see awe-inspiring floral arrangements that are decorated according to a given theme. For example, the theme was outer space a few years ago, so arrangements had nods to stars, comets, planets, and more. 

    Picture: Courtesy of Macy’s

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    Tribeca Film Festival

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    In 2002, Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal created the Tribeca Film Festival to bring life back to the neighborhood near Ground Zero. New York City suffered greatly from the attacks of September 11, 2001, and Di Niro’s intention in creating the festival was to help New Yorkers out of this deep-seated depression and give them reason to celebrate again.

    The Tribeca Film Festival has grown over the years, and now all the big names from the film industry show up each spring. There are many associated events like short film presentations, film premiers, and various awards. 

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    The Orchid Show

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    The New York Botanical Garden show is constantly changing exhibitions and displaying different plants. In the spring, the New York Botanical Garden presents the Orchid’s Show. In an impressive greenhouse, botanical garden visitors can admire the Orchid’s Show from the end of February all the way through April.

    Last year’s exhibit was all true to the motto “Singapore”. This year, the inspiration comes from Singapore. We recommend you to marvel at this blooming during the time they are open.

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    Have a Picnic in the Parks of New York

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    The parks in New York City are absolutely beautiful during Spring NYC. Our favorite places are Central Park or Battery Park which is the perfect location to enjoy a break from the busy city life. Spring is absolutely ideal for that because the temperatures are just perfect. Who has been to New York during Summer knows what we are talking about. Also, make sure that you don’t miss the cherry blossom throughout the city.

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    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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    The famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is one of the oldest, attracts around 700,000 people annually who want to be part of the spectacle. The parade takes place either directly on March 17th or – if it is a weekday – on the following weekend. Destination of the parade is the St. Patrick Cathedral. At 11 a.m. on the dot, the parade starts moving north at 44th Street/corner of 5th Avenue.

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    Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival

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    New York City is adorned with around 300 brightly painted XL Easter eggs. The famous Easter eggs can be seen everywhere in the city centre and are also a popular photo motif. The annual Easter Parade, the Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival, moves from 49th to 57th Street.

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    Fries New York (18 – 22 May, 2022)

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    For art enthusiasts, one of the best things to do in spring in NYC is attending Frieze New York. It’s hosted on The Shed at Hudson Yards and features works from over 1,000 artists and 200 international galleries. 

    There are many other fun things to do at the festival as well, such as sitting in on one of the famous panel discussions, soaking in the breathtaking views of The Vessel, and most importantly – immersing yourself in many imaginative outdoor and indoor projects. 

    Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy of Casey Kelbaugh/Frieze

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    Rent a paddle boat at Loeb's Boathouse

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    The Lakeside Restaurant of the Loeb Boathouse is located at the northeastern tip of Central Park Lake right on the waterfront and is one of the most idyllic restaurants in New York City.

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    Hamilton

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    Let’s be honest, there’s no wrong time of the year to see a Broadway musical. However, spring is an excellent time to look for new releases. And the best part is that there are so many Broadway theaters in New York City that you have many options for different productions at any given time. Perhaps you’d like to catch a recent Disney musical or the latest release that everyone’s talking about.

    In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in spring!

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    Be part of the Memorial Day Parade (May 30, 2022)

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    The parades take place – on the last Monday in May – in all five boroughs, with the Little Neck Douglaston Parade in Queens not only being the largest in New York, but also the largest nationwide. Little Neck is the start and Douglaston the finish of the parade. In Manhattan there is surprisingly only a small Memorial Day Parade. It starts at Dyckman Street and Broadway in Inwood, the most northern district of Manhattan.

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    Fleet Week (May 24, 2022 – May 29, 2022)

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    Though it’s only officially been a celebration since 1982, Fleet Week has been a beloved spring activity in New York for many years before that. The week is hosted by the United States Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard each year and features active military ships that are deployed in overseas missions to dock in a variety of big cities for one week.

    After the ship is docked, the crew enters the city and visits tourist attractions. At scheduled times, the public can enjoy a guided tour of the ship, and demonstrations by the Blue Angels usually accompany this event.

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    Free Exhibitions At Little Island

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    Just as the name suggests, the exhibitions at Little Island each year are 100% free. This initiative works to revitalize the entertainment and art sector of NYC by celebrating the creativity of local artists and the spirit of all people. This festival lasts for four weeks each spring and features many live performances from dancers, choreographers, poets, comedians, composers, and other musicians.

    My tip: Here you find the Best Art Exhibitions in New York City.

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    Let's celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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    What St. Patrick’s Day is to the Irish, Cinco De Mayo is to the Mexicans. El Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for May 5) is a commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 against the clearly superior French Expeditionary Force. 

    In New York, that means one thing above all: tequila, margaritas and a lot of partying with the locals. Both in the countless Mexican restaurants and bars in New York is celebrated big, but also during the Cinco De Mayo Parade in Manhattan, which stretches from Central Park West 106th Street to 96th Street.

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    Attend A Performance At The Shed

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    Spring in New York presents many opportunities to take in some local art and theatre. The Shed commissions original art for all audiences across all disciplines. It brings together emerging and established artists who range from classical to hip hop music, digital media to painting, literature to theatre, and dance to sculpture in an enormous moveable structure that works to support all types of artistic work under one roof.

    The Shed is located where Hudson Yards and the High Line meet and borders the Gardens and Public Square.

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    Bronx Night Market

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    The Bronx Night Market is one of the best places to find foods that celebrate New York City’s most northern borough. Each spring, this event supports the Bronx’s food scene by offering world-class events that are affordable. Be ready to celebrate cuisine and culture, as it represents NYC’s diverse offerings and encourages people from all around the city to experience this borough. 

    You’ll find just about every type of food, from ice cream, latkes, and pastries, to tamales, soul food, and vegan options. There are also other types of local merchants and live entertainment. 

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    Visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

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    One of NYC’s newest Skyscrapers and one of the 30 tallest in the world is One Vanderbilt. The tower stands 1,401 feet above midtown Manhattan’s streets. It features an observation deck called “Summit,” which has mirrored floors and walls, a glass elevator, and an outdoor terrace.

    The top four floors provide guests with an immersive experience that’s not found anywhere else in the world!

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    Enjoy springtime on Governors Island

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    After months of cold weather and being stuck indoors, take advantage of New York’s beautiful spring weather and head over to Governors Island for a day. If you’re unfamiliar, this famous Island is made up of 172-acres of land right in the middle of the New York Harbor. There are many activities here, such as bike rentals, a hammock grove, guided walking tours, lavender fields, historic photo walking tours, and more.

    Spring on Governors Island is really beautiful when everything is blooming again!

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    Westlight NYC

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    Springtime in New York means rooftop-bar season! There’s nothing like the Manhattan skyline, especially at night. If you’re looking for some nightlife during spring in New York, then find a local rooftop bar and enjoy a few drinks. And the best part is that there are many different bars from which to choose, so there’s an option for everyone.

    My Tip: Check out our article about the best rooftop bars in NYC.

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    New York Fashion Week

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    Just before spring each year in February, New York City is home to Fall/Winter fashion week. Just keep in mind that many NYC fashion week events are not open to the public. They ask for credentials and ticket purchases months before, so going here requires some planning. However, it’s well worth seeing the latest fashion trends from the world’s most famous fashion designers. From Michael Kors and Gucci to Christian Dior and Prada – you’re guaranteed to see the future of fashion at this spring fashion week.

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    Cast iron architecture

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    If you’re big into photography, then make sure to bring your camera to this neighborhood. SoHo fashion is some of the best fashion in the country and the art scene is top-notch as well. If photographing people isn’t your thing, then you also have the option of shooting the cast-iron buildings.

    During the industrial revolution, cast-iron architecture was very popular as everyone was convinced that iron was much more substantial and fireproofed than steel. At the time, cast-iron fronts were built more often than normal wooden houses. These typical cast-iron buildings are the reason why so many producers decided to shoot their films or commercials on the streets of SoHo.

    The fire escape staircases along with the architecture give the neighborhood its unique look. These beautiful buildings belong to SoHo similar to how yellow cabs belong to NYC.

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    It is Baseball Season!

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    We are calling all sports fans! Spring marks the beginning of baseball season, which means your favorite New York teams, such as the New York Mets and New York Yankees, will return home. Regardless of which team you root for, home games begin live in February each year.

    And the best part is that even those who aren’t baseball fans will appreciate spending time at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium, as both places offer high-end food that puts Cracker Jack and peanuts to shame!

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    Enjoy Free Art Exhibitions at Little Island

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    Not far from the Meatpacking District and the High Line, Little Island is one of the newest attractions in New York and is something very special: a park on 132 beautiful tulip-shaped concrete stilts in the Hudson River!

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    Dinner At The Met

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    Do you have a date this spring and are looking for somewhere fun and exciting to have dinner? Try no other than the Met. The Metropolitan Art Museum is home to several eateries where you’ll enjoy different types of cuisine. For example, on the ground floor at The Eatery, you’ll find a family-friendly restaurant that serves sandwiches, pizza, salad, soup, and more.

    Then, there’s the American Wing Cafe, where you can enjoy some delicious coffee, beer, wine, and snacks. There are also other places such as The Balcony Lounge and Trie Cafe.

    My tip: The Met is part of our list of the 36 Best Museums in NYC!

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    Visit The Statue Of Liberty Museum

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    If you’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty Museum, then take time this spring and go! Seeing Lady Liberty with your own eyes and seeing the history is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it’s one you don’t want to miss!

    When here, be sure to make time for all three interactive galleries. Each tells a different story behind the statue’s history but does so in a thought-provoking way that inspires visitors.

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    Eat At The Time Out Market

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    If you’re looking for a new place to eat during spring in New York, check out The Time Out Market. Here you’ll find a diverse roster of bars and restaurants that are complemented by unique cultural experiences. Visiting this market will allow you to taste all of the classic New York dishes, from tasty pizza to hot pastrami sandwiches and much more. In fact, you’ll even find NYC’s best Thai food here as well.

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    Women's History Month

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    If spring puts you in a social mood, check out one of the many events in NYC related to Women’s History Month. This annual time is perfect for paying homage to one of many locally-owned businesses either owned by or catering to women. 

    You’ll find panels, parties, and movie screenings, among other events. There’s been Art + Feminism, Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, A Day Without a Woman, and vast discounts at local businesses in years past. 

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    Five Boro Bike Tour (May 1, 2022)

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    Participants 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. 

    The “Five Boro Bike Tour” can almost take 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.

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    Walk the High Line

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    There are few parks as unique as the High Line. Even though the park is open year-round, The High Line really shines during the warmer months, especially in the spring. The elevated freight rail line was repurposed as a public green space that opened in 2009 and now offers amazing views of the city, as well as a place to relax and unwind.

    Its plant life is based directly off what was growing there while it was abandoned, giving this park a unique and interesting atmosphere! The High Line stretches from The Meatpacking District all the way to Hudson Yards-34th Street.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Sunset Sail

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    Enjoy a relaxing and romantic sailing cruise with your sweetheart. Most New Yorkers agree that one of the best things to do in spring in New York is taking a boat tour around NYC. These cruises are available during the day or evening hours, so you have the option to sail the seas while the sun is out or even while it is setting. There are many from which to choose, so decide what you want from the sailing experience and choose someone who offers just that!

    My tip: These are the best cruises in NYC in Spring.

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    Smorgasburg Food Market

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    Smorgasburg Food Market is one of the hottest open-air food markets in New York City. People come here to meet, eat, drink and enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline on the East River Waterfront during the warmer months. Smorgasburg means “a mixture of food” and offers a huge selection of small stalls. The main spot for Smorgasburg is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is very popular among the locals. It’s more of an experience and it’s always a great time with friends.

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    Wine-tasting with a View during Spring in NYC: Rooftop Reds

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    On a roof of the Brooklyn Navy Yards you can sit in a real winery: Rooftop Reds grows wine here, which you can taste and enjoy at their Rooftop Red Tours & Tastings!

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    Enjoy A Drink with a View at Grand Banks

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    Grand Banks is a celebrated oyster bar that’s aboard a historic wooden schooner named the Sherman Zwicker. This place offers one of the best spring waterfront dining experiences in all of New York City. And did we mention that this boat was inspired by the “oyster barges” that used to float along Manhattan’s waterfront during the 18th and 19th centuries?

    This is one of my TOP 3 spots in the city!

    So, here you’ll enjoy dining on sustainably sourced oysters and see what dining out was like a few hundred years ago.

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    Honorable William Wall opens end of spring!

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    The Honorable William Wall, affectionately called “Willy Wall”, is the floating clubhouse of the Manhattan Yacht Club. The clubhouse is anchored in New York Harbor north of Ellis Island from May to October. What is so special about it? It’s definitely an insider’s spot, which not only gives you a great view of Ellis Island and of course the Statue of Liberty – you can also enjoy the sunset from here.

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    Affordable Art Fair

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    Spring isn’t just an excellent time to get outside and enjoy nature; it’s also a great time to do a bit of spring cleaning. After you finish, if your walls seem bare, head on over to the Affordable Art Fair and snag some high-quality art at low-end prices. 

    This annual event returns to NYC each year at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, where you can view contemporary works that range in price from $100 up to $10,000. 

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    Bike Month (May 2022)

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    Did you know that each spring, in May, there’s an annual Bike Month in the city? It’s the country’s largest charitable bike ride that boasts over 32,000 participants along a 40-mile ride. And did we mention there are no cars in sight?

    What is Bike Month all about? To ride as many miles as possible by bicycle through New York City. This event is especially popular among New Yorkers in the spring, because on the one hand you get to see the city from completely new perspectives, and on the other hand you do something good!

    At the very end of Bike Month, there are various prizes to be won. For example, the team and also individuals with the most miles ridden will be awarded.

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    Run The NYC Marathon (March 20, 2022)

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    And speaking of good spring weather, one of the best things to do in spring in NYC is run the NYC Marathon (ok, to be honest: to WATCH the NYC Marathon). 

    Depending on how good of shape you are in physically, there are full and half marathons from which to choose. Not only will participating in one help you stay healthier, but it’s also a great way to contribute to a charity since most marathons are held to collect money for a cause. So, get out there, get some fresh air, and rack up some dollars for a good reason. 

    The route of the NYC Marathon passes through all five boroughs of the city. The start is in Staten Island, the finish is Central Park in Manhattan. On the way to the finish, they run through Brooklyn (including Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Williamsburg), Queens and the Bronx.

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    Free Summer Movies In New York City Parks (End of May)

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    Though the name tends to fool some people, the Free Summer Movies festival generally begins at the end of the spring each year, more specifically in May. It’s hosted by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and really raises the bar for other cities hosting films in their parks. 

    The screen films will vary and cover every genre, from comedy to horror. Look for movie nights in parks around Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. 

Photos of New York During Springtime

Events during Spring in NYC

As mentioned earlier springtime in New York means that there are a lot of things going on in the city. Head over to our monthly guides for detailed information on events in Spring in NYC.

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Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world. By the way: Did you like my article? Then think about becoming a supporter of us on Patreon!

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