Spring in NYC: The Best New Things To Do

Spring is always a wonderful time to explore our dynamic and diverse five boroughs. This year, takes spring in NYC to a new level with a wave of major openings.

Read on for our roundup of new destinations, events and activities that will give you even more reasons to love New York. 

Hudson Yards

Opened March 15 (Far West Manhattan)

Love it or hate it, NYC’s newest neighborhood is here to stay. Visitors can enjoy the extended daylight views of the Hudson River by making a reservation to climb the Vessel. Or skip the passing rain storm inside the Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards where restaurants like Mercado Little Spain by Jose Andres and Kawi by David Chang are paired alongside stores like Neiman Marcus.


The Shed

Opened April 5 (Hudson Yards, Manhattan)

The Shed_Photo by Iwan Baan
The Shed. Photo by Iwan Baan

The new cultural hub in Hudson Yards made its much-anticipated debut this April with Steve McQueen’s concert series: Soundtrack of America. The first half of the inaugural season continues with COLLISION/COALITION, an exhibition by artists Tony Cokes and Oscar Murillo (June 19-August 25), and kung-fu musical Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise (June 22-July 27). Tickets start at $10.


Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari

Opened April 19 (Bronx Park, The Bronx)

Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo by Julie Larsen Maher
Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo by Julie Larsen Maher

The largest and most life-like dinosaur ride in America opened this spring in NYC. 40 animatronic and life-sized dinosaurs lurk in a two-acre wooded area within the Bronx Zoo and educate visitors about the physical and behavioral adaptations of our prehistoric ancestors. Pack the kids.


TWA Hotel

Opening May 15 (John F. Kennedy Airport, Queens)

TWA Hotel Model Room_Courtesy of the TWA Hotel
TWA Hotel Model Room. Courtesy of the TWA Hotel

Old-school glam returns to JFK next month thanks to a 512-room hotel dedicated to the jet age in the former Trans World Airlines (TWA) flight center. A rooftop infinity pool and an observation deck should appeal to planespotters. Among the six restaurants and eight bars, guests can explore “Connie” a 1958 Starline airplane repurposed as a retro cocktail lounge out on the tarmac.

Empire Outlets

Opening May 15 (St. George, Staten Island)

Empire Outlets. Courtesy of Empire Outlets
Empire Outlets. Courtesy of Empire Outlets

NYC’s first outlet shopping destination will launch just steps from the free Staten Island ferry, just in time for summer. Not only are the outlets home to 100 retail and dining experiences, the Staten Island Yankees ballpark is right next door and great views of lower Manhattan are available from all over the mall.


Statue of Liberty Museum

Opening May 16 (Liberty Island)

Liberty Island will offer more activity to visitors than ever when the Statue of Liberty Museum makes its debut in May. The interactive new home for the Statue’s original torch also includes an immersive education tour and unrivaled views of the statue, lower Manhattan, and the harbor.


The Highline Spur

Opening May (Hudson Yards, Manhattan)

The High Line Plinth_Courtesy of the High Line Authority
The High Line Plinth_Courtesy of the High Line Authority

A decade after the elevated park originally opened, the last remaining section of the original rail structure will open on the western end of The Highline as the Spur this May.


Featured image courtesy of Liberty Ellis Foundation

Additional images:

The Shed courtesy of Iwan Baan, Dinosaur Safari courtesy fo Julie Larsen Maher, TWA Hotel courtesy of TWA Hotel, Empire Outlets courtesy of Empire Outlets, The High Line courtesy of The High Line Authority