When is the best time to visit NYC?

I have been having a love affair with New York for over 6 years now. However, like any love affair, I love her more in certain times than others.

I love NY in September. Everybody is back to work, the kids are back to school and the streets seems to be less crowded with tourists. The weather usually is perfect (even if this September, we reached the 85 degrees), I like the bright sunshine and mild temperatures. You can buy an ice cream from one of the ice cream’s trucks and go lay down in Central Park. The happy hours on the rooftops and in the bars are more than enjoyable. I would say that people seems more relax and looking to enjoy every single seconds of the sunlight before we get into the darkness of winter.

Halloween is always a special time and I love how some of the streets get brand new faces. You’ll find some of the building decorated with pumpkins and scary decorations. You’ll see stores dedicated to Halloween popping up around town. It’s a great time for children and families to spend time together. You can go trick or treating together, enjoy the autumn weather, festive decorations and all of the imaginative costumes everybody is dressed up in.

After all my years living in NYC, I’m still torn about spending Christmas here. As much as I love the NY Christmas spirit and how much I enjoy the Christmas decorations of certain stores on fifth avenue. Unfortunately, I can’t get used to the cold. On some windy days, it almost feels like ice slamming into my face. You barely can stay out for more than an hour, otherwise you’ll turn into a snow man. Even if the last few Christmas’s haven’t been that bad, it might happen and I want you to be prepared for it.

Our winters here are rough. Between the snow, cold winds, freezing rain and darkness, it makes it very hard to do anything. We usually hibernate at home all snuggly. If you go out for an hour, you’ll have to warm up for 3 hours. I’m not even getting into the layers of clothes subject. You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but I wouldn’t recommend NYC during the winter, especially if it’s your first time.

For your first visit, I highly recommend planning your trip between April and June. The weather is just beginning to warm up, the days are getting longer, the flowers and the trees are blooming, it almost feel like the city is being reborn. Everybody is happy and enjoy the outdoors again. I really love spring here, plus it’s the beginning of streets fairs which is one of my most favorite thing to do when the weather gets warm.

How about you? What is your favorite season of the year in NYC?


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