April is a buzzing month in New York City. Spring weather is in the air and some exciting events and festivals are definitely worth a visit.
The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the city’s most successful cultural events, and is held each year as a tribute to Manhattan’s contribution to film. The festival was created in a post-911 era as a means to contribute to the long-term recovery of the city and its morale. The Festival features an impressive line up of independent films, including documentaries and family-oriented movies, many of which will be premiering for the first time during the event (April 23rd to May 4th, 2008). In addition, there are many activities around the city that are geared towards children and families during the time of the Festival, making this a not-to-be-missed event. Some hotels in the Tribeca area include the luxurious Tribeca Grand Hotel and the moderately priced Cosmopolitan Hotel.
What would New York City be without its baseball action? Each year in April, the city celebrates Opening Day at two of its home team stadiums – Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. Yankee Stadium was officially opened on April 18th, 1923 after less than a year of construction work. The Opening Day back then featured an inaugural game between the home team and the Boston Red Sox. Throughout the years, the stadium has undergone major construction and renovations to handle the crowds that come each year to watch their favorite teams. In 2006, ground was broken to construct a new Yankee Stadium, which is due to open in 2009. This year therefore marks the last Opening Day at the present stadium.
Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets, opened up on April 17th, 1964 with a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, before nearly 50,000 fans. Over the years, Shea Stadium has hosted spectacular baseball games, as well as non-baseball events. The stadium served as a relief center in the days following September 11 and is seen by many to be a true symbol of New York’s spirit and energy.
April is a fantastic time to visit New York City. The weather is in the process of turning warmer, outdoor activities become more inviting and the general mood is one of moving one step closer to spring. Despite better overall climate, there are still no major crowds in the city and visitors can still enjoy shorter lines, great deals and good travel weather.
Average highs in April are a comfortable 60°F (16°C), while low temperatures average at 45°F (7°C). While it may still rain in April, the warmer weather makes it that much more bearable. Of course, it is still highly recommended to pack a long trench coat or rain jacket, as well as an umbrella. The weather also justifies packing sweaters and long pants for cold nights. Closed-toed, waterproof and comfortable walking shoes are also a must to take in all the great sights in New York.
April is one of the most beautiful months in the city, when the largest collection of cherry blossom trees outside of Japan comes into full bloom, creating a magnificent display of nature. The Cherry Blossom Season kicks off in the second week of April and lasts an entire month, with interesting Japanese cultural activities planned for its duration.
The Tribeca Film Festival is another event that begins in April, and is an event that celebrates New York City as a major filmmaking center. Over 200 movies, many of them premieres, will be screened during the festival, and visitors are sure to bump into several top stars during the 10 day event.
Baseball season kicks off in New York City during the month of April with Opening Days at both the Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, the official home of the Mets. This is the last season that the Yankees will play at their present stadium, making 2008 a bitter-sweet curtain call for this majestic sports center.
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The Four Seasons Hotel New York is located in Manhattan’s chief shopping and business district, between Park and Madison Avenues. This impressive hotel boasts gorgeous views and supreme style and offers guest the utmost luxurious standards.
The Four Seasons offers guests almost everything they could possibly desire. Culinary needs will be catered for with the hotels two exclusive restaurants (“L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon” and “57”), two lounge bars (“The Bar” and “TY”) as well as an extremely wide range of food and beverages on the room service menu.
A fully equipped spa ready to pamper any desiring guest is also on the premises, offering massages, body treatment, hand and foot care and facials. A guest’s pampering can continue in the Four Seasons’ Fitness Center by using the exercise equipment provided or by ordering a personal fitness trainer to come to one’s hotel room.
Four Seasons is also known as a family-friendly holiday and aims to be the perfect holiday base for families visiting the Big Apple. Children’s special needs are catered for such as child-proofing gadgets, crib and bed guards, complimentary baby toiletries, complimentary toys and books, baby sitting service and a DVD lending library.
Businessmen will also have their needs catered for at the Four Seasons with around-the-clock communication services, computer rooms, conference rooms, secretarial services, internet access and travel arrangements.
The Four Seasons Hotel is a centrally located, luxurious holiday destination within itself and the perfect vantage point for a vacation in New York. NewYorkJourney.com features a detailed review of the Four Seasons Hotel.