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 in April, (keep peepers peeled for 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.
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. 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!
New York Botanical Garden / 900 Southern Blvd / Bronx / +1 718 817 8700 / 10am-5pm Tue-Sun / www.nybg.org
The Pavilion / 20 Union Sq W / +1 212-677-7818 / open from 15 April / www.facebook.com/thepavilionnyc/
Union Square Park / 14th-17th Street, (Broadway and Park) / +1 212 460 1200 / 6am-12am daily / www.facebook.com/unionsquarenyc
ABC Carpet & Home / 888 Broadway / +1 212 473 3000 / 10am-7pm Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm Thu, 11am-6.30pm Sun / www.abchome.com
Gramercy Tavern / 42 E 20th St / +1 212 477 0777 / 11am-11pm Mon-Thu, till 12am Fri & Sat / www.gramercytavern.com
Salon de Ning at the Peninsula / 700 5th Ave / + 1 212 903 3097 / 5pm-1am Mon-Sat, till 12am Sun / www.peninsula.com