Although there’s really no bad time to visit the Big Apple, spring might well be our favourite season. As the city emerges from its winter chill, a range of lively events, pop ups and seasonal activities blossom – here’s how to spend a spring day in NYC.
While away the morning at the Orchid Show at NY Botanical Gardens, an annual rainbow-hued floral extravaganza running until 22 April. Although usually found in tropical climates, more than 1500 rare orchids, curated by florist Daniel Ost, are lovingly displayed in a 90-foot domed greenhouse. Phone cameras at the ready: this one is blooming marvellous.
Head back to Manhattan for lunch at seasonal sip n’ sup spot The Pavilion. Due to re-open any time soon, (keep peepers peeled for the exact date), this leafy outdoor terrace serves a market-fresh menu of locally sourced produce and is a top choice on balmy spring days. Tuck into treats like cheese and tomato tart with lavender seed and dandelion salad or beef carpaccio with baby arugula.
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Walk off lunch with a leisurely amble through neighbouring Union Square Park, a bustling open space, which frequently hosts events and festivals. From here, you’re only a few blocks from mega home emporium ABC Carpet – should you be mid-spring clean at home, this is your six-storey one-stop for original interior wares. Enter at your will and expect to lose a few hours…
Post retail, hop along to Gramercy Tavern for dinner; the seasonally changing menu stars spring treats like baked lumache pasta with aged cheddar and soy glazed monkfish with bok choy. Afterwards, it’s back to the Pen for a nightcap on Salon de Ning‘s viewy terrace to soak up the refined-but-hip atmos and excellent cocktails. Cin cin!