1. New York City Parks
Visitors new to New York are often surprised to learn that there
are over 1,700 green spaces called parks located across the five
boroughs. Central Park, the granddaddy of them all is a whopping
843 acres of thousands of trees smack in the middle of Manhattan.
May is a good time to spend some time on the shore of the Lake at
72nd Street at the Loeb Boathouse near Bethesda Fountain. Rent a
rowboat, take a gondola tour, or head for the outdoor bar for a
2. Cinco de Mayo
The best way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is sitting down to great
Mexican food and Margaritas. The Cantina Rooftop in Midtown
Manhattan has it covered along with a great view and good prices.
Their chef traveled through Mexico for a year collecting all the
best recipes. Enjoy dishes like tostadas and empanadas among
twinkling city lights. It's really popular, so book in advance.
3. Mother's Day Celebrations
New York City is the site of many traditional Mother's Day brunches.
One of the best is the Queens Botanical Garden farm-to-table brunch.
Mom and the members of her party will enjoy a fresh menu by local
caterers. There are two sessions: one at 10 am and another at 1 pm.
Before or after brunch, take a stroll and enjoy this living museum.
The New York Botanical Garden honors Mom with a fabulous Weekend
Garden Party. It features food trucks, live music, games, and more.
May is perfect for picnicking on the grounds.
One of the most popular Mother's Day brunches is a yacht brunch on
the Hudson River. Treat Mom to free-flowing mimosas or sangria, a
delicious brunch, and live jazz. It's offered by Hornblower Cruises
at their Pier 40 location in West Village.
4. Memorial Day Celebrationss
New York loves to honor those who have served their country in
times of war. You will find a spirited parade to attend in all of
the five boroughs. The largest is the Little Neck-Douglaston parade
in Queens. Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade is the oldest. It begins
at 78th Street and Third Avenue. Manhattan's Inwood has a smaller
parade which travels from Dyckman Street and Broadway.
5. Fleet Weeks
Fleet week is a seven-day celebration that coincides with Memorial
Day. It honors the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. The
party kicks off with the impressive Parade of Ships, a fleet of
tall ships and visiting vessels on the Hudson River. Military
demonstrations and more shows plenty of New York patriotism.