Spring in the City
Spring in NYC is in full bloom and there's so much to discover outdoors from private AKA terraces to fresh local markets, intimate parks, relaxed street dining and so much more. Let this be your starter's guide to enjoying Manhattan's outdoors this spring at some of New York City's hidden outdoor gems. Step into any of our four AKA locations in New York City where your outdoor experience can seamlessly continue. Hotel AKA NoMad, opening May 16th, is located just three blocks from the Empire State Building, with outstanding city views and suites with terraces perfectly positioned to admire this beautiful landmark. Head west to enjoy spectacular views while sipping on a.vin from AKA Times Square's expansive and calming rooftop terrace in the heart of Times Square. Our terraces at AKA Central Park and AKA Sutton Place serve as your private NYC respite to observe the busyness down below.
Bryant Park Spring Makers Market
Explore the newest Makers Market this spring at Bryant Park. The seasonal market will focus on one-of-a-kind handmade items, featuring 116 local vendors, much like the popular Winter Village opening just in time for Mother's Day! There will also be over twenty free outdoor concerts hosted over the course of the summer starting on June first with the New York City Opera kicking off this concert series. During your Stay at AKA Times Square, be sure to venture over and explore Bryant Park's unique local spring offerings!
Union Square Farmer's Market
Union Square is home to one of the best Farmer's Markets in NYC and located a few blocks away from Hotel AKA NoMad. The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976, and has grown exponentially; at the height of the season there are 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers selling their products to locals and tourists alike. As Greenmarket's flagship, the seasonal varieties are outstanding. From just-picked fresh fruits and vegetables to grass-fed meats and award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, a beautiful assortment of flowers and plants, wine, and much more. You can build your perfect picnic basket or bring something home to enjoy later. The spring atmosphere at Union Square on a sunny market day is electric.
The NoMad Piazza is conveniently located a few blocks from Hotel AKA NoMad. NoMad Piazza is a vibrant destination where there is something for everyone. Foodies can enjoy a variety of cuisines from some of New York’s finest restaurants. Fashionistas can search for the latest trends and unique vintage pieces. Art lovers can explore hidden galleries and treasures while discovering new artists. Those looking to pamper themselves can certainly find a wide range of wellness treatments. During the warmer months, tables and chairs flood into the streets for walker-bys to enjoy. We recommend enjoying a vibrant Italian dinner outdoors at La Pecora Bianca followed by delicious gelato across the street from Anita's Gelato.
Picnic in Central Park
Experience a perfect picnic in an outdoor space where you can spread out and enjoy. Bring your friends to Sheep Meadow to experience Central Park in full Bloom. Sheep's Meadow is a quiet area to sunbathe, picnic, admire the striking skyline, and people-watch. Be sure to take a long stroll through Bethesda Terrace and a peak at Bow Bridge.
Summer for the City - Lincoln Center
Visual Director Clint Ramos transforms the Lincoln Center campus with multiple open-air spaces to welcoming all New Yorkers to enjoy throughout their day, whether a show is on the agenda or not! Get groovin' and snap a photo on The Dance Floor at Josie Robertson Plaza with a free social dance every week and shining disco ball above, read a book at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Reading Room, beat the heat at The Garden at Damrosch Park, or relax and play corn hole amidst hundreds of pink flamingos at Hearst Plaza.
East Midtown Greenway
The East Midtown Greenway, situated steps from AKA Sutton Place, extends for 2,000ft on a deck atop the river from East 53rd to East 61st streets. This greenway is a special project linking the city’s goal to complete a bikeway-pedestrian path circling all of Manhattan! Enjoy breezy waterfront views as you stroll along this gorgeous pathway.
Whether you are downtown, midtown, or uptown, there are plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy the warm weather and experience the city's culture. AKA is here to make your stay in NYC a most memorable one.