Springtime in New York!

The trees and flowers are blooming and the crisp cold air is subsiding in the streets of New York City, it’s Spring! Springtime is one of the best times to visit the Big Apple. Its warm enough to spend the days exploring the city but not hot enough to break a sweat! If your visiting during this time of year, pack a light jacket (an umbrella) and some good walking shoes. With the wonderful weather, comes a great line up of Spring activities. Here are just a few of our favorite events and happening in May!

There is no denying that New York loves baseball. Major League Baseball Opening Season starts this April and will last through the Fall with a full schedule for both Bronx Bombers and the Amazing Mets. Check out the schedules for the New York Yankees and the New York Mets and plan a day rooting for your favorite team. For more information on NY Baseball, including the minor leagues teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees,  click here.

FLEET WEEK (May 23 – May 30, 2012)
Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features military demonstrations, opportunities to tour the visiting ships, watch the parade of ships in the harbor, the Memorial Day ceremony, musical performances by sailors and marines and so much more. Most events are FREE and held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (located at Pier 86 at 12th Avenue and 46th Street). For a full schedule of events, click here.

NEW YORK DANCE PARADE (Saturday, May 19 2012)
Like to dance?  On May 19th at 1:00pm, head down to 21st between Park and Fifth Avenue to watch the New York Dance Parade with over ten thousand dancers showcase more than 75 ethnic and dance genres down the streets of Broadway. With beautifully crafted floats, live bands and DJs, the parade is ordered honoring the history of dance from ancient to contemporary.  Tompkins Square Park hosts the post parade activities with choreographed performances, workshops and social dance–all FREE!

One of the greatest activities of Spring is the chance to enjoy the many street fairs and festivals hosted throughout the neighborhoods of Manhattan.  With local artists and vendors (and some of the best street food on the planet), you will be sure to enjoy the best  of the local culture.  Here is a full list of street fair locations throughout the season.  We especially think you should stop in the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival May 19 & 20 for some amazing grub.

Although biking in a big city can be intimidating, the Five Boro Bike Tour truly one of the best ways to see the city!  The Five Boro Bike Tour is an annual event with more than 30,000 cyclists of all ages. You don’t need to be an expert cyclist to join in on the 42 mile ride (mostly flat ground!). Take thsi opportunity to explore and pedal over the cit’s five faous bridges and take in the views of one of the most amazing views on earth!

There is so much to do in this city and even more when the weather is gorgeous.  From visiting Coney Island to Chelsea Piers to spending the day in Central Park!  For a suggested list of itineraries, visit NYCGO.com.

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