Springtime in New York City marks the return of the Yankees and Mets,
as well as the start of the season for their minor league baseball teams,
the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones. Public parks and
botanical gardens in every borough welcome visitors with flower shows
such as the Macy's Flower Show, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens' Cherry Blossom
Festival and the Greater New York Orchid Show.
The St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Greek Independence Day, Cuban Day and
Salute to Israel Parades, among others, make their way through the city
streets in spring. And with the warmer weather comes the Five Boro Bike
Tour, the nation's largest recreational cycling event. Also highly
anticipated this season is Fleet Week, when ships from all around the
world dock in the New York Harbor and sailors take to the City streets.
There is also the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival in Hell's
Kitchen, where diverse ethnic cuisines are celebrated through food and
Summer sends New Yorkers and visitors outdoors to enjoy film
festivals, music, public parks and beaches throughout the five boroughs.
For baseball lovers, the season continues, while tennis fans head to the
U.S. Open in Queens. Starting at the end of June, beach-goers can watch
fireworks on the shores of Coney Island. Jones Beach, with its open-air
concert venue, is a popular destination as well as Brighton Beach with
its colorful outdoor cafes and boardwalk.
Summer also is time for annual celebrations. The Museum Mile Festival
features nine museums along Fifth Avenue, for a mile-long festivity of
free access and entertainment. There is also the Big Apple Barbecue Block
Party, which highlights over a dozen barbecue cooks. The Puerto Rican Day
Parade and Gay Pride Parade also are celebrated during the summer months,
and the NYC Triathlon Weekend gets underway. July marks the legendary
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.
Many of New York's finest restaurants offer discounted three-course
prix-fixed lunches and dinners through Labor Day as an extension of NYC
Restaurant Week. Visitors also use their American Express® Card to take
advantage of NYC Summer Breaks, a citywide program offering exclusive
savings at almost 200 of NYC & Company's member hotels, restaurants,
retailers, theaters, cultural organizations.
In September, the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera host
their opening nights, while the New York Film Festival features the films
of national and international directors. The following month, revelers
hit the streets of Greenwich Village for New York's Village Halloween
Later in the season, visitors and locals enjoy The ING New York City
Marathon, The New York Comedy Festival, the New York Chocolate Show and
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Other New York City parades held in
the fall include the Columbus Day Parade, African-American Day Parade and
the New York Hispanic Parade.) For sports fans, it's tip-off for the
Knicks' and Liberty's basketball seasons, and the New York Ranger's
hockey season begins.
Winter in New York brings traditional holiday celebrations, including
the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rockefeller Center, the world's
largest menorah on Central Park South and Radio City Christmas
Spectacular's Rockettes. Central Park, Prospect Park and Rockefeller
Center, among other rinks, offer ice skating to the public. The City is
host to several winter shows including the National Boat Show, Winter
Antiques Show and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. For athletes and
fans Madison Square Garden hosts the Millrose Games while fashion-lovers
can enjoy the release of new collections at Fashion Week. NYC Restaurant
Week also offers discounted prix-fixed lunches and dinners at more than
200 of the city's top eateries.
Looking to get a head start on the holiday season? Begin your holiday
shopping at department stores, craft fairs and the specialty boutiques
lining the City's streets. Or bring family and friends together and take
in a performance of A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker or Dr. Seuss' How
the Grinch Stole Christmas.