New York City is called the City that Never Sleeps. Not only does the city never sleep, but it keeps on going 365 days a year. There is never a bad time of the year to visit New York City. It’s vibrant arts and theater district regularly host new shows, there is always a hometown sports team in action, and there are events, celebrations, festivals, and more that fill every weekend of the year. Sure, the weather may vary from July to January, but to experience all that is New York City, there is no wrong time to visit. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top places and events to visit by season, just to help you determine when to plan that next stay with us at the Holland Hotel!
As the winter thaw begins to lift, New Yorkers love to get outside and enjoy the hundreds of spaces throughout the city. When temperatures begin to creep above 60 degrees, restaurants from Little Italy to the Upper West Side will begin lining the sidewalks with tables, allowing guests to enjoy an immersive dining experience as they take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Join over 2 million people lining the streets for the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which has been running for more than 250 years straight, making it even older than the United States itself! Movie buffs flock to Manhattan in mid-April to attend the TriBeCa Film Festival, where you’ll get a chance to rub elbows with Hollywood celebs, view hundreds of new films, and maybe even bump into De Niro himself! Take advantage of the warm evening in late spring and catch a production of Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The minimalistic design of the outdoor theater will let you feel as if you’re watching an original production during Shakespearian times. Springtime weather can be rather unpredictable, with colder weather often extending into early April.
The City is absolutely buzzing in the summertime, from sunrise to sunset; you’ll find something to do across the boroughs. A must do when in Manhattan in the warmer months, is to grab some to-go food from a local restaurant and have a picnic in Central Park. The lush green space that is meticulously kept has miles and miles of winding paths, dozens of quaint ponds, and some landmarks that you may recognize from some famous films as well. Take a stroll along the High Line, an elevated walkway that runs from the Meatpacking District all the way up to 34th Street. Along the way, you’ll find ample seating, food vendors, and unique art installations. New York City is a baseball town, and there is no more historic team in baseball than the Yankees. Grab the Yankee Express from Grand Central Station that will whisk you directly to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, is a short train ride away from Midtown to Queens on the 7 train. Fans can also take a ferry to both stadiums, allowing them to view a unique vantage point of Manhattan by water. Aside from a rainstorm or two, summer in New York City is hot, with temperatures regularly in the 80s and up.
Fall is arguably the busiest time of the year in New York City. Many residents head to the beaches for the summer, but return as the days get shorter and the air gets cooler. Nothing compares to the leaves changing in Central Park, with the Manhattan skyline as a picturesque background. There are also other places around the City to take in the fall foliage, such as Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Governor’s Island, and The Cloisters. To experience New York City’s culinary expertise without having to visit hundreds of restaurants, drop by the New York City Wine and Food Festival, which runs in mid-October, to taste samples from all of the top restaurants and bars in the boroughs. The NFL season kicks off in early September, and New York’s two teams, the Giants and the Jets, call MetLife Stadium home. While MetLife Stadium is actually in New Jersey, it’s only a 20 minute train ride from Midtown to the stadium. The crown jewel of New York City’s fall events is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which attracts over 3 million visitors to line the streets between Central Park and Herald Square to watch the huge inflatables march through the city streets. Early fall is often quite warm, but by November, cooler temperatures and strong winds call for winter jackets and scarves.
Bundle up and take in the most magical time of the year in the Big Apple. New York City does not skip out on the holidays. Around every corner, you’ll find hundreds of lights, festive window displays, and one very famous Christmas tree. The holiday season brings some unique shopping experiences to Manhattan, with holiday pop-up markets springing up in Columbus Circle, Union Square, and Astoria’s Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. Lace up some skates and do a few laps around the rink in one of the City’s season ice skating rinks, located in Bryant Park, Van Cortland Park, and Central Park. The most crowded, and most scenic, of the rinks is located right beneath the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center…just be sure to get there early! Find your new favorite wintertime cocktail at one of Manhattan’s dozens of speakeasy bars, where mixologists stir up some unique drinks that you’ve certainly never heard of before, but will be dying to have another. Dog lover? Each year in mid-February, the Super Bowl of Pooches, the Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show, takes over Madison Square Garden for 2 days of the world’s finest dogs. Travelers be forewarned, New York City is susceptible to major winter weather that can produce large amounts of snow that can slow the City down to a crawl.
No matter the season, make The Holland Hotel your affordable place to stay. Make your reservation at The Holland Hotel, located 175 12th Street in Jersey City, NJ. Our rooms have the amenities of a NYC hotel, at a fraction of the price! We hope to see you soon.