Winter may be coming on Game of Thrones, but here in New York City we’re ready for spring. We keep getting little teasers of gorgeous weather, only to have the rug taken out from under us by Mother Nature. Yet, we hope. Spring is coming! Meanwhile, like the men at the wall in GoT, we are prepping.
I’m a Colorado girl at heart and need a slice of the outdoors. Contrary to her reputation, New York City is full of gorgeous outdoors. Join me outdoors as you daydream of the coming spring.
1. Concrete Jungle Haven
By far, Bryant Park is my favorite spot in all of New York City. In the madness of this great city hides a serene haven. Bryant Park takes up almost an entire block behind the great structure that is the New York City Public Library. Wander over to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue and marvel at this anomaly. Surrounded by gorgeous residential buildings, trendy hotels and the high-rise staples is a gorgeous stretch of green lawn.
In the winter, Bryant Park opens its gates to a FREE ice rink on its lovely lawn space. In the summer, you can use the same space for picnics, meetings and romantic rendezvous, as well as FREE Monday night movie nights in the summer time. So, that person you’ve had your eye on for the last month…invite him/her to a “coffee” at Bryant Park and let the park work its magic.
2. Get High
Are you crazy? Of course I don’t mean drugs! I’m talking about the High Line. This unique park is built on elevated historic freight trains. Hop on and off from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. But of course, no park stroll is complete without food; pop into Chelsea Market at 16th Street and 10th Avenue and pick up some delicious munches for your High.
3. Buy a Round
The Bryant Park ice rink isn’t the only rink that is multi-functional. The Rink Bar is the Rockefeller Skating Rink turned into a bar every summer. Grab a drink after work with your crew in the midst of Rockefeller Center on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. Your cold drink will taste so much better at an outdoor bar. Drink one for me!
4. All Aboard…a Ferry
I love to be near water, and this is one of the reasons why this island is perfect for me. Even more fun than being near water is being on water. Why not take advantage of some free water rides?
Get on the State Island ferry for free on a lazy Saturday to ride on the Hudson River and gaze upon the Statue of Liberty. Don’t worry; you don’t actually have to go to Staten Island. Just stay on the ferry and come back to civilization…err…I mean Manhattan.
If you don’t get your fill of slow-moving water attractions, hop on another ferry to Governors Island for the East Side view. While I contend that the West Side is far superior, this ferry is also free, so just enjoy the ride and the water action.
5. Tea and Scones
Sometimes you just need to feel fancy. That is what The Metropolitan Museum (The Met) is for. Spend a couple of hours roaming The Met, and when you’re done pretending to love art, head over to the Sculpture Garden. I like to pretend I was the muse for the hot female statues. Once you satisfy your ego, it’ll be time for afternoon tea. Though a tad overpriced, The Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar is enclosed in glass, which will brighten your day while the tea and scones give you an excuse to practice all your favorite lines from Downton Abbey.
6. Walk It Out
There is so much to experience in this great city just by walking. So here’s a few suggestions:
While you’re uptown at The Met, how about you walk home? There’s so much to experience! I’ve done a walk to the southern edge of the island twice and it was an incredible experience both times. Sure it may take a few hours, but you can stroll through Central Park, do some window shopping down 5th Avenue and discover a new spot for dinner. Plus, you can count it as a workout; just make sure you’re wearing appropriate shoes.
There are are times when Brooklyn is worth a trek. One such time is to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge; it’s a spring must. Walk the bridge, make some friends and grab some authentic pizza. Best of all, you’ll get a gorgeous view of Manhattan.
Maybe some of these suggestions sound a bit touristy, but sometimes we need a reminder of how great this city really is and see it through renewed eyes. So stop pretending you’re too cool for school and do it!
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