What’s on in New York this Spring

By Eloise Barker

Photography by Jack Berman / Getty Images

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October 2018

Spring in New York is a wonderful time – the promise of warmer months ahead brings out the best in everyone. Wear green for St Patrick’s Day or don your cap and mitt for the start of the baseball season.

Art on Paper

Start the month of March with a fantastic art event. The annual Art on Paper fair takes place at Pier 36 in the Two Bridges neighbourhood. Galleries come together to showcase their artists, and you can buy what you see. There's photography, drawing, painting and even sculpture. Look out for famous names: Robert Raushenberg, Dave Eggers and the like have been exhibited in past years.

Glitzy new sports cars are hidden under covers and then dramatically unveiled to the press

  • The NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade. © Dominick Totino / nycstpatricksparade.org

    St Patrick’s Day

    New Yorkers look back at their Irish roots in a citywide celebration.

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    Baseball season

    See a legendary team play a quintessentially American sport. Yankees games start in early April.

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St Patrick’s Day

The biggest and best St Patrick’s Day parade in the US, the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, sees hundreds of thousands of people don green to celebrate their Irish heritage. It’s a time-honoured tradition, dating back from 1762 and honouring the 5th century saint. On the 17 March, make sure to head down to Fifth Avenue to join in and watch the procession of bands, performers, and societies. Then be sure to follow them to the party afterwards.

When? 17 March

Where? 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street

Nearest Subway: 5 Avenue

Where to stay: Roosevelt or Westin Grand Central

Baseball Season

April means baseball. In New York, the Yankees are the team to watch, for their reputation as one of the most historically successful teams of all time, and their iconic players – Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. Catch the team playing one of the first games of the season in their home stadium. Enjoy the atmosphere and paraphernalia of a classic American game: the hot dogs, the bleachers, the dugout and watching playbacks on the truly massive screen: the jumbotron.

When: From mid-April

Where: Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

Nearest Subway: 161st Street – Yankee Stadium

Where to stay: Hudson or Empire

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    You take the high road

    In the springtime the High Line is a great spot for a stroll in the sun.

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  • Stacey Steers. Edge of Alchemy Collage #3, 2016. Hand worked collage on paper. 4.5 x 5.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery.

    Art on Paper at Pier 36

    Buy original art or just browse the booths on Pier 36.

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New York International Auto Show

This massive automobile show is a catwalk for cars, held under the sparkling glass roof of the Javits Convention Center. Glitzy new sports cars are hidden under covers and then dramatically unveiled to the press. There are VR headsets in the driver’s seats and surprisingly sentimental famous cars – from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to a time-travelling DeLorean.

When: From mid-April

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Nearest Subway: 34th Street – Hudson Yards

Where to stay: Staybridge Suites Times Square

The High Line walking tours

Beating Central Park for views, the High Line is one of New York's most unusual public spaces. Set near the trendy Meatpacking District, it consists of a walkway along an elevated freight line that stretches for 22 blocks. In the fine May weather, eat at food vans and an open-air café, catch the sunset, walk around public art and banks of grasses and flowers. From May and throughout the summer, you can take a tour that tells the story of how a whole garden sprang up in the air.

When? Tours from the start of May

Where? 34th Street and 12th Avenue

Nearest Subway: 34th Street - Hudson Yards Subway Station

Where to stay: The Standard Highline

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

May means public holidays. In the US, everyone celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday in May (29th May) with a public parade to commemorate those who have died serving in the armed forces. It coincides with ‘Fleet Week’, which brings a flotilla of military ships to the Hudson. To celebrate the long weekend, visit the twice-yearly outdoor art exhibition in Washington Square, an art fair that was founded by a cash-strapped Jackson Pollock in 1931. Buy art, sculpture, jewellery, and meet some local artists.

When? Last weekend in May

Where? University Place, East 13th Street

Nearest Subway: 14th Street - Union Square Station

Where to stay: The Roger

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