Spring is here and you’re in one of the greatest cities in the world. There are things you’ve been meaning to do but just never got around to them. It’s time to make a list and check those items off. As a starting point, here are five activities we recommend to New Yorkers, especially when the weather is agreeable:
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
It’s one of the wonders of the world, well not quite, but the bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn is a feat of engineering. The first steel-wire suspension bridge, it spans nearly 1,600 feet over the East River and unless you walk it, you won’t really understand how beautiful it really is. Of course, the views of Manhattan, the water, and the other bridges won’t disappoint either.
No, not that kind of high—get yourself to the Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building on a clear day and take in the magnificent views of our concrete jungle. It’s touristy, we know, and you aren’t one, good for you, but do it once and you’ll see why visitors all flock to see New York from above.
Have a Picnic in Central Park
Be it on the crowded grass of Sheep Meadow or a little secret patch of rock that you’ve discovered in the Ravine (northern part of the park), take in the glory of spring with all its magnolias, blossoms and fresh greenery in this urban paradise. Mother Nature is showing off, and she needs an audience.
The High Line
This elevated landscaped space was once a railway track. Meander through this urban oasis from the Meat Packing District all the way to 34th street and stop at one of the vendors and grab yourself an ice cream, or some brisket, then sit on a bench and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple from afar.
Staten Island Ferry
Take in clear views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and watch the lower Manhattan skyscrapers get smaller for the 25 minutes it takes the ferry to cross the New York Harbor to reach Staten Island. Best part? You don’t have to pay a dime. Who says there’s no such thing as a free ride?