Warmer weather, longer days and a more optimistic outlook – New Yorkers are ready to get out and play! As the spring season begins, many New York events, attractions and restaurants have reopened their doors and returned to the streets with exciting performances. From art exhibits to annual celebrations, the calendar is becoming full with beloved NYC activities. Check out all the exciting things to do in New York City this spring and take advantage of the spring specials at the Park Terrace Hotel.
The Shed, a modern art center where Hudson Yards meets the Highline, is hosting two new events this spring for visitors and locals to enjoy. From February 11th to April 17th, guests will have an opportunity to explore a large-scale exhibition called Particular Matter(s) by Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno. Running March 15th to the 23rd, The Shed will host Help, a new play created by author and poet Claudia Rankine. You can also look forward to the return of the popular Frieze New York art fair coming May 18th – 22nd.
You know spring has arrived when the Macy’s Flower Show is added to the calendar. Just minutes from the Park Terrace Hotel, the flagship store will host its traditional floral celebration this May. A NYC tradition since 1975, Macy’s has announced that this year’s theme will be “Voyage to Oceanum, a colorful under-the-sea odyssey featuring deep sea florals.” Visitors are invited to explore the lush and brilliantly arranged gardens for free. The Macy’s Flower Show is open to the public during regular store hours.
Greater New York, an exhibition that happens every five years at MoMA PS1, returns for its fifth edition. This spring’s exhibition is a gathering of the work of 47 artists and collections. Each portrays its own personal interpretation of life in the city, from present communities to historical influences. The artists, many of whom migrated from foreign countries, have taken the time to create, record and document how they have experienced NYC life. From installations and interpretive performances to abstract art and traditional paintings, this exhibition has it all! Visit now through April 18th.
If you’re feeling inspired after your visit to PS1, consider planning a day to explore the incredible art displayed along the streets of NYC. Some of the sculptures and installations are temporary while others are part of the permanent landscape of the city. Here are the top 5 we recommend to visit this spring while staying at the Park Terrace Hotel:
Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! A day trip to the Bronx Zoo is one of the most perfect things to do in New York City this spring. The zoo covers more than 265 acres and houses more than 10,000 animals. From small blue frogs to 8,000-lb elephants, the Bronz Zoo cares for more than 700 species. Visitors are invited to explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits, join a wild encounter to get up close and personal with one of their favorite animals or join one of the many events hosted by the zoo. The Bronx Zoo is open seven days a week with hours varying by season.
Looking to have a wild adventure without leaving your hotel room? You can still have fun viewing the spring babies and other critters at the Bronx Zoo. Watch live cameras of hot spots at the zoo or book a private virtual wildlife encounter with your favorite member of the Bronx Zoo family. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show from the comfort of your room.
Besides a visit to the Empire State Building, no spring activity is more “iconic New York” than attending a ball game at Yankee Stadium. After a short 25-minute subway ride from the Park Terrace Hotel, you’ll arrive at the stadium. Regular season games return this spring where you’ll have the chance to buy more than just peanuts and Cracker Jacks® including classic merch and out-of-this-world sweet and salty snacks.
Beyond attending a ball game, visitors are invited to tour the stadium to learn about the rich history of the ball field, the team and the incredible athletes who’ve played there. As 27-time World Series Champions, the Yankees hold the record for the most World Series titles as well as the most World Series appearances (40). Yankees Stadium stands tall and proud as a tribute to the history of the team, the city and the sport of baseball itself.
Hundreds of movies and TV shows have been created with NYC as their backdrop. From horror and suspense to comedy and romance, New York has portrayed them all. Explore the location of a few of the most memorable scenes then settle in for a movie marathon in your cozy hotel room overlooking Bryant Park. Each of our suites features a smart HDTV (or two) and lightning-fast WiFi for quick and easy streaming.
Check out our 5 favorite movie-scene locations:
Many New Yorkers have vivid childhood memories of summer trips to Coney Island. Today, Coney Island still brings fun and laughter to kids of all ages. The island totals nearly 500 acres and offers several fun attractions including Maimonides Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones), the Coney Island Museum, El Dorado (a vintage video arcade with bumper cars), the New York Aquarium and much more. Luna Park is an oceanfront amusement park that features thrill rides, carnival games and loads of delectable dining. The Boardwalk of Coney Island is lined with scrumptious eateries, souvenir shops and breathtaking ocean views. During the spring months, most of Coney Island’s attractions are open on the weekends.
For one day only, a scenic route through the five Boroughs will be closed to all cars allowing bicycles to rule the NYC streets. The Five Boro Bike Tour returns in person this spring for the annual ride around the city. Bike New York, the creator of the event, is a local organization that promotes cycling and health to communities around the city via free bike education programs. Join local cyclists as well as bike-lovers from around the world for this epic two-wheel event on May 1st. Registration is open online.
Who said patriotism was strictly reserved for Independence day? Just before spring ends, plan a trip to Jones Beach State Park for this year’s Bethpage Air Show. This jaw-dropping display of talent will highlight several aircraft demonstrations as well as aerial parachute demonstrations. In years past, the show has included the United States Navy Blue Angels, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the United States Army Golden Knights and more. This sping’s Bethpage Air Show is scheduled to take place May 28th – 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day.
Now that you’re abreast of all the amazing things to do in New York City this spring, check out the stellar spring specials currently being offered at the Park Terrace Hotel. With all the extra savings, you’ll have more money to extend your stay or add a few more activities to your spring getaway itinerary.