Sunday, March 12, 2017

Things to do Springtime in New York City with 1871 as your Home Base!

Springtime in New York City

While Winter in New York City can be quite astonishing (check out our winter blog post!), at least for us at 1871 House we'd be lying if we said we weren't counting down the days until winter is officially over and spring has sprung! After a long, cold and dreary February, New York City finally starts to come alive in March-- the weather warms, trees and flowers begin to bloom, and New Yorkers generally have a bounce in their step and smile on their face. 

When you're a guest at 1871 House and you're looking for something fun to do besides soak up the sunshine and smell the flowers blooming, there is no lack of interesting and exciting events to check out and things to do in NYC this Spring! 1871 House is located just off Park Avenue, which looks absolutely gorgeous in Springtime, with the vibrant colors of its Tulips perfectly complementing the bright blossoms of the Asian Pear and Cherry Blossom Trees that grow along the bustling Avenue. We are also located a short 5 minute walk from Central Park, which is one of the most scenic places you could possibly go for a stroll in the Spring! 

If you're willing to venture beyond our Upper East Side neighborhood, further afield into NYC and its surrounding boroughs, check out the following list that us over at 1871 House created of exciting Springtime events happening throughout the city!

The Orchid Show
Dates: February 18th - April 9th
The 15th annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden is one of NYC's annual floral events that is not to be missed, whether you have a green thumb, or are a just a lover of flowers! The show exhibits thousands of species of orchids- this year's theme is Thailand- and includes dance performances, live music and cocktails on certain nights. The Orchid Show takes place at the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx) inside the Enid A. Haupt Observatory.

Romeo & Juliet at the Opera
Dates: March 3-15th
You can go see Shakespeare's timeless story of star-crossed lovers come to life on stage, with its vivid 18th-century sets, stunning costumes, and spectacular solos, all taking place inside the iconic splendor of the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets are $37-$119. The Metropolitan Opera House is located at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, (30 Lincoln Center Plaza) on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Date: Friday, March 17th
New York is home to one of the most lively and vibrant St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the world (outside of Ireland, of course)! The iconic St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 11am at 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue—past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street—all the way to 79th Street; and being two blocks west of 1871 House, guests are just a 5 minute walk from the action! It finishes around 5:00pm at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street. In addition to the parade, there are many other events occurring throughout the day around the city. 



Macy's Flower Show
Dates: Sunday, March 26th - Monday, April 9th
Not to be confused with the Orchid Show, the Macy’s Flower Show is an annual presentation of flower arrangements, bouquets and gardens at the iconic Macy’s Department Store at Herald Square. For two weeks, Broadway Plaza will be full of beautiful and bright floral arrangements. Special events like live music, kids activities and seminars will also take place throughout the show. Macy's is located at 151 W 34th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
Date: Sunday, April 5th
This classic and timeless parade began in the 1870s, and is one of NYC's oldest Springtime traditions. Each year on Easter, celebrants don festive finery and show off their very best bonnets along Fifth Avenue. The parade starts at 10am and continues until 4pm, marching north from 49th to 57th Street along 5th Avenue. The best place to watch is from the area around St. Patrick's Cathedral. Conveniently, 1871 House is located just a hop, skip & jump away from where the parade will take place! 
Tribeca Film Festival
Dates: Wednesday, April 19th - Sunday, April 30th
The Tribeca Film Festival—launched after 9/11 to promote the cultural and economic revival of Lower Manhattan—provides a platform for innovative filmmakers to present their latest works. The festival features films of all types: family friendly crowd-pleasers, provocative documentaries, foreign films, narrative features and shorts, and also free outdoor screenings at the popular "Tribeca Drive-In." 
New York International Auto Show
Dates: Friday, April 14th - Sunday, April 23rd
This auto show has been held annually since 1900! Lovers of shiny new cars should go check out this century-old automotive exhibition which will unveil new models in the industry. The Auto Show takes place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (655 W 34th St.) in Midtown Manhattan.
9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival
Dates: Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30th
The Brooklyn Folk Festival is a celebration of cultural diversity and memory, featuring talent from NYC's own thriving folk music scene, as well as from the national and international world of folk, traditional and vernacular music. The annual festival includes 30+ bands, jam sessions, film screenings, a family-friendly square dance, and more! The festival is held at the history St. Ann's Church at 157 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights. 
New York City Fleet Week
Dates: Wednesday, May 24th - Tuesday, May 30th
This year marks the 29th annual Fleet Week NYC- a seven-day celebration which honors the members of the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. The weeklong party kicks off with the Parade of Ships which cruise along the Hudson River, and continues with military demonstrations, a Memorial Day ceremony, and many more exciting things to see and do. Ahoy, sailors!


1871 House

1871 House, a Charming Upper East Side New York Style Bed & Breakfast consisting of seven generously sized apartment-style suites housed in a classic 19th-century brownstone on an inviting, tree-lined residential street near Central Park, shopping and museums. The historic turn-of-the-century brownstone townhouse in the Lenox Hill neighborhood, brings bed-and-breakfast-style and quaintness to the busy city. Enjoy views of beautiful East 62nd Street or serene garden views from your own private terrace.

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