New York City in the springtime

April Roccisano, Co-Editor-in-Chief

As spring has finally seemed to have arrived, there is a new warmth in the air, and a happy vibe is floating about. Spending quality time outdoors is something tons of people look forward to, and there is one special place people should go to enjoy it.  In the springtime, New York City is at its best, being less crowded than in the winter, with nicer weather, making it the perfect place to visit with family or friends. There are many places to experience, and being an expert city traveler, I will share with you some of my favorite locations, that perhaps, once quarantine is over, you can visit safely while practicing proper social distancing. 

To start, Central Park is a beloved area for tourists and locals to spend a warm, sunny day. However, many people do not realize all there is to do in the largest park in Manhattan. While the park itself is free, remember that many of the places inside the park cost money, so bring a wallet. There are horse and buggy rides where you can get a tour of the park and see different landmarks, like the famous movie bridge, or the Central Park Zoo. Speaking of the zoo, it is a great escape from the bustle of the city, where you can enjoy seeing the animals that are properly cared for. Additionally, there is the famous carousel which was built in 1871 that is still in motion today. Walk a few miles out of Central Park, and you will land in Times Square, the best place to go shopping. From brand name stores to designer boutiques, there are so many places you can purchase adorable clothes, shoes, and jewelry. 

Times Square is also home to many eateries, my favorites being The Hard Rock Cafe, Carmine’s, and Oceana. The Hard Rock Cafe is a rock-and-roll themed restaurant, but the food does not disappoint. Carmine’s is a fancy Italian restaurant with portions too large to finish on your own. Lastly was Oceana, an upscale seafood restaurant known for its wine list and fine dining. There are also well-known chain restaurants that you would commonly see in New Jersey, such as Olive Garden, McDonald’s, or Applebee’s, but if you are visiting New York City, I recommend a unique restaurant experience to give you the full city experience. 

After shopping and eating, it is time for some more sightseeing. A short ferry ride away stands the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, two historic landmarks you must visit at least once in your lifetime. The Statue of Liberty has so much to offer; a workout, a history lesson, and a great place to take pictures. Although the top is closed to tourists, there are still many levels of the statue of visit. After the walk, another short ferry ride away is Ellis Island, the place that hosted so many dreams for immigrants. There are tour guides ready to show you around the island, from the immigrants’ names, to the places they arrived.

As the country starts opening up, keep in mind the beauty in New York City, and plan a trip. If you are coming from far away, stay a night at the Plaza. Pack cute clothing to take pictures, bring as much money as possible, and absorb the city life as it comes to you.