Things to do in April in NYC

by Naomi Young

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.

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