by Erin Mara
Springtime in New York
There’s nothing like spring in New York! It will soon be that time of year again – the very best time to visit New York and to see the lovely cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Hanami is the Japanese name for cherry-blossom viewing, and the Japanese have long-established customs surrounding this tradition, including picnicking under the boughs of cherry trees and trapping fallen petals in cups of sake. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s peerless collection of cherry trees – the largest and most diverse outside Japan – creates a canopy of blossoms in the spring worthy of celebration. You won’t want to miss it.
Central Park is also at its best in the spring. The park plays an essential role in the everyday lives of New Yorkers by providing 843 acres of paths, lakes and open spaces for escaping the din and chaos of the surrounding city. Visitors to New York City are often impressed with its beauty and size, making it a wonderful place to enjoy a bit of relaxation and get a better sense of what it’s like to live in New York City.
And while we’re talking about outdoor space, don’t forget the High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues and it’s well worth a visit.
You’ll need somewhere to stay, and rather than using a hotel, why not try one of our short stay rentals – much better value, much more space and you get to “live like a local”.
We recommend these excellent one bedroom apartments: YWestSide23 – Spacious Chelsea apartment, simple modern comfort with a storied past; YMidtownWest1 – Stylish luxury and space in the heart of Manhattan; and YEastSide27 – Chic modern alcove studio in lovely Grammercy location. You’ll find full details of these and our other 1, 2 and 3+ bedroom rentals at our New York web site.