Spring and Summer in New York: 5 Things You Don’t Want to Miss

Looking forward to nursing jobs in NYC? New attractions and opportunities await you in the coming months.

By E’Louise Ondash, RN, contributor

Ask any New Yorker and they’ll tell you that it’s been a long, hard winter. But fortunately, spring will arrive, and behind it, summer. And with changes of season come many things for both locals and travelers to see and do--some of them new this year.  So ask your American Mobile recruiter about New York nursing jobs, apply for your RN license with the New York board of nursing, and get ready to enjoy everything The Big Apple has to offer.

    1.    Flower power

One sure sign that New York City is celebrating spring is the explosion of daffodils that happens in parks, school grounds, apartment complexes and nooks and crannies throughout the five boroughs. These whimsical yellow blooms don’t appear by accident. Wanting to do something for the city immediately after the tragedies of September 11, 2001, a Dutch bulb supplier in Rotterdam, Netherlands, donated a million daffodil bulbs to the city. Ten thousand volunteers planted the bulbs all around the city, and the daffodil is now the city’s official flower. Because of continued planting and reproduction, there are now 5.5 million bulbs ready to erupt this spring.

Spring and summer are the best times to walk the line--the High Line, that is. Once an elevated railroad track on Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line today is a 1.45-mile-long linear park that takes pedestrians up and away from the fray. The walkway is a mix of plants, shrubs, flowers, artwork and multi-textured hardscape. Landscape designers ingeniously planted so something is always in bloom from late January to mid-November. The High Line, which has opened in sections over the last few years, is now complete except for a small spur.

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    2.    Dine al fresco

Spring and summer bring out the brown-baggers, and while Central Park is always wonderful for al fresco dining, take the road less-traveled to tiny (by comparison) Bryant Park at the corner of Avenue of the Americas and West 42nd Street. As one veteran visitor explains, Bryant Park used to be a place for open-air drug deals, but today it’s a trendy spot to eat and people-watch. The park is on the west side of the New York Public Library, so while you’re in the neighborhood, duck into this grand building and see the venerable reading room, familiar from many a film. Remember to look up at the wonderfully ornate ceiling, and you’ll understand why this building took 16 years to construct.

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    3.    Ride the fish

Bad winter weather and Hurricane Sandy delayed by two years the debut of the $16 million SeaGlass, a high-tech, undersea-themed carousel that opens in Battery Park this spring. (Date to be announced.) The domed silver structure houses 30 large see-through fish that gently whirl around on interior turntables. Riders sit in these 9-feet-tall iridescent fish and glide through the sights and sounds of a 360-degree “aquatic adventure.” High-tech, ethereal effects mimic various underwater environments, like projections of fish swimming in New York Harbor. It’s all accompanied by dream-like music throughout the three-minute ride. To come: a new ferry route between Battery Park and the New York Aquarium on Coney Island.

    4.    Memorials to 9/11 – Up high and down under

It’s been nearly 14 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, and the new gleaming One World Trade Center is now complete. The One World Observatory, on levels 100, 101 and 102, opens this spring. (Date to be announced.) Sky pods, or glass elevators, whisk passengers to the 100th floor in 60 seconds, and one can only imagine the view from 1,250 feet. The observatory also connects to landmarks and neighborhoods through an interactive show called “City Pulse,” and visitors can step onto the 14-foot-wide acrylic disc in the floor to see the city streets below. The 101st floor has three dining options with floor-to-ceiling windows. Tickets: $32 for visitors 13 years and up; $30 for seniors 65+; $26 for children 6-12.

Back on the ground: The moving National September 11 Memorial (free admission) honors the victims and first responders--every person who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. Their names are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools, which have been built in the footprint of the two towers. The National September 11 Museum ($15-$24) takes visitors underground to tell the 9/11 story through artifacts.

    5.    Area Road Trip – Hudson Valley

The historic and scenic Hudson Valley, designated as a National Heritage Area, extends 150 miles north of the south end of Manhattan. It’s a popular and scenic road-trip route, so travel during spring to avoid crowds. The only difficulty is choosing what to see.
Not to miss:
•  Hyde Park - Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.
•  West Point - United States Military Academy.
•  Sleepy Hollow – Yes, there is such a place. North Tarrytown changed its name in 1996. This town of 10,000 features Kykuit, the country home of the Rockefeller family, and the Old Dutch Church, said to be the residence of a headless Hessian ghost, giving inspiration to Washington Irving's headless horseman in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

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