We’re eagerly anticipating the official start of spring and the end of polar vortex’s grip on Manhattan. This week, we’ve rounded up our favorite open spaces around New York City to spend underneath clear skies and greenery.
Tucked away inside the luscious interior of Central Park is a 15-acre oasis dubbed “Sheep Meadow,” originally named for the herd of sheep it housed from 1864 until 1934. Now thousands of Manhattanites flock to this field to escape the city hustle and relax amidst the backdrop of iconic skyscrapers and lush trees.
Grab your colleagues and friends for an impromptu game of soccer or join one of the social sports leagues to enjoy some heated after-hours competition in Chelsea.
You never know what you’ll run into on the High Line. Built on 1.5 miles of elevated railway tracks on the west side, the High Line stretches from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street. Along the restored rails, you’ll find a quirky rotation of public art and beautiful seasonal blooms. The highly anticipated third section of the park is scheduled to open this year.
Located off the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Bay is Governors Island. The 172-acre isle was originally used as a military outpost and closed to the public for over 200 years. Now the former fort opens seasonally and hosts an eclectic program of outdoor events from concerts to decades-inspired festivals to French carnivals.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting a major facelift this year. Be on the look out for recurring programs like community yoga and outdoor movies as well as the opening of Pier 2, a roller rink, old-school games, new fitness equipment, basketball courts and picnic tables.
Experience the Hudson River in a completely new way with a few lessons at Manhattan Sailing School.
Union Square is a bustling meeting ground year round, but in the spring we especially love to spend our afternoons perusing the Greenmarket, listening to live music and admiring the public art that pops up on a daily basis.
Check back for next week’s guide highlighting the our favorite New York City spring festivals!
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