10 reasons to visit New York City in May

By: Virgin Atlantic

April 30, 2018

Yellow cabs in New York City

Yellow cabs in New York City

May is fast approaching, and as thoughts begin to turn to sunny destinations and far off places, why not choose to tick the Big Apple off your bucket list this month?

With five boroughs to explore and endless things to do, check out this definitive list of the top 10 ways to spend your time wisely in New York this May. 

Pier 12, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Red Hook, Brooklyn

As cyclists from around the world wheel their way to New York for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, why not take the opportunity to oil up your biking knowledge? The New York Bike Expo is free to the public, and whether you’re a newbie looking to master the art of the pedals or a seasoned pro on the hunt for state-of-the-art gear – this Expo has something for everyone.

Randall’s Island Park

For culture vultures who are looking to soak up more than just the sunshine, Frieze New York is the must-attend event of 2018. Combining art from around the world with incredible talks and illustrious restaurants is the perfect way to spend your May holiday.

Variety of locations including: SVA Theatre, Michele Varian, Standard East Hotel, Kinder MODERN, Brooklyn Public Library, Black Gotham Experience Studio, Bard Graduate Center, Parsons School of Design, the Museum of Arts and Design, Chinatown Soup

If the world of design is more your thing, then sharpen your pencil and visit NYCxDESIGN, the annual design extravaganza. With events happening across all boroughs, it’s the perfect way to explore New York, so delve into architecture in Brooklyn, scrutinise some sculptures in Queens and master fashion in Manhattan.

Ninth Avenue (between 42nd and 57th Street)

More than just a Big Apple, New York is renowned for its delicious food scene. Take part in the 44th Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival and get a flavour for culinary dishes from around the world. Eat your way from 42nd to 57th street, tasting everything from South American Pupusa and Grilled Octopus to Fried Oreos and Twinkies.

Delacorte Theater, Central Park

Combine the scenery of Central Park with the beautiful words of William Shakespeare with a free open-air theatre performance. This May, take in the Bard’s classic tragedy Othello, for a memory you won’t forget and a great story for the office kitchen.

There's no time like spring in Central Park

There’s no time like spring in Central Park

Various locations throughout New York

Want to see some of the world’s biggest musicians without the big price tag? SummerStage brings you everything from rock to soul to dance, in NYC’s biggest free outdoor performing arts festival. What’s on the playlist this May? Watch rock legends Liam Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft take to the stage in Manhattan for a night you won’t forget.

The Bronx

Venture north of the shopping district of Manhattan and experience the rich culture of The Bronx during Bronx Week. This annual festival celebrates the diversity of this exciting borough, and features the Bronx Pride parade, with a marching band included for the ultimate American experience.

Riverside Park (from 59th Street to 153rd Street)

If you have your children in tow, then enjoy an al fresco experience that is great for all the family. Summer on the Hudson offers a host of activities for little kids and big kids alike, so delve into a good book at a musical story time, spread your wings on a family friendly bird walk and get stuck into some arts and crafts. 

David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

Like a holiday that keeps you on your toes? Then experience all that New York City Ballet has to offer with a ticket to one of its Spring Season shows. Tribute to Robbins is the perfect performance for both ballet buffs and tutu first-timers, with three classic performances from renowned American choreographer Jerome Robbins, as well as two world premiere ballet pieces to enjoy.

1 E 161st Street, Bronx

A staple activity for any New York newbie is a trip to the famous Yankee Stadium. Rally your friends and family, pick up a cap and grab a ticket to watch the New York Yankees take on their biggest rivals the Boston Red Sox in May, for an evening that is sure to be a home run.

Virgin Atlantic New York Map

See the best of New York this May

So what’s holding you back? These activities were hand-picked by NYC & Company, so whether you’re a fanatical foodie, sporting guru or culture hound, you’ll have the trip of your dreams in New York this May.

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