Is New York a good city to visit in March? The answer would, of course, be that New York City is a fantastic place to visit any time of the year!
Spring is actually the best month to get around the city as it has generally said goodbye to the constant freezing weather and is yet to welcome the scorching hot days that make up a New York summer.
Weather-wise March isn’t the best month of Spring. Although the weather might not be cold every day, the occasional day that harks back to the harshness of February is to be expected. You might even experience the odd snowstorm too!
The trick is when you’re visiting New York in March is to layer up. By all means, wear shorts if the weather seems warm, but always carry a pair of long trousers, warm jumper, a raincoat and most definitely an umbrella.
One of the best things about visiting New York in March is that you’ll find it much quieter. If you’ve been before you’re probably used to the place being overrun with visitors? Not in March, everything just seems a little more sedate.
It’s not a popular time for a vacation in the US and most schools will be in session. Although you might find a few university students on their Spring Break (though probably just the quieter ones who have opted against a beach holiday!)
This means that attractions can be visited on a whim often without the need to queue and you’ll find it far easier to get reservations at your favourite restaurant.
It also means that accommodation is easier to come by. So, if you’re looking for Manhattan luxury apartments to rent or handily located furnished apartments in New York, you’re more than likely going to be in luck.
Event-wise it has to be said that March is also generally a more laid back month, with fewer events planned most likely due to the inclement weather. With that said you can’t contain a city that is always bursting at the seams with energy and excitement.
You’ll find that those events that are taking place in March are well worth going to.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Probably something you’ve already heard of, even if you’ve never visited before?! The St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City is legendary. There are a lot of people in the city who claim Irish links for most of the year, but this is the one day that EVERYBODY wears green. Even if it’s just to spend the day drinking Guinness and whiskey.
If you think that the celebrations in New York are bigger than those found on the Emerald Isle itself you’d be right. This probably has something to do with the fact that the earliest record of the official St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city says that the first event took place on 17 March 1762.
Not only does that pre-date the Declaration of Independence, it actually pre-dates any record of any celebration taking place in Ireland itself!
New York City likes a parade, to be sure, but this one is slightly different. There’s no floats for a start, just people, a lot of people and if they’re not watching they’re marching, some 150,000 of them. They’re not just marching either, they’re dancing singing and playing all manner of instruments.
The parade begins at 11 am and finishes at 3 pm or 4 pm, depending on the speed of marching (or the consumption of Guinness!) In 2019 it promises to be even busier as March 17th actually falls on a Sunday.
Photo by Gavin Whitner – MusicOomph.com
Affordable Art Fair
Have you ever thought that you’d like to be more involved in the world of art but wouldn’t know where to start?
Does the thought of going to an art fair and attempting to purchase something fill you with dread, as the assumed pomposity would be too much to bear?
The Affordable Art Fair in New York City, which takes place at the end of March and September every year, aims to change your perception of the art world.
It’s most definitely a family event for a start and the atmosphere created by the friendly people involved can only be described as relaxed and more than a little laid back.
Visitors are encouraged to be as hands-on as possible (unlike the regular art world) with workshops and kid’s activities aplenty.
There are paintings, sculptures and prints available to buy too, aimed at every perceivable taste and more importantly, at every conceivable budget.
This is a great event at which to start your journey into the wonderful world of art.