May is a month of celebrations and commemorations in New York City. Get into the swing of spring with the delightful Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (April to May), peaking with the Cherry Blossom Festival on May 3rd and 4th, 2008. This two day event pays tribute to Japanese culture and arts, and visitors can enjoy over 50 authentic performances in honor of the stunning flowering cherry trees in the gardens – the largest collection outside of Japan.
Mother’s Day also appears in May and New Yorkers know just how to spoil their moms! The most important woman in one’s life can be pampered with a wide range of unique options, including a fabulous brunch or dinner aboard a luxurious New York cruise ship. The sights and sounds of New York can be viewed from the private dining room or the wide observation decks, as the cruise winds its way past the city’s classic skyline. Cruises depart from the New York Marina.
Last year’s Dance Parade brought together over 4000 dancers from all over the world to celebrate all forms of dance. This year’s parade on May 17th promises to be bigger and better than ever, starting on 32nd Street and finishing off with a unique Dance Festival at Washington Square. Visitors will be able to enjoy all forms of dance, from African to Salsa, from Irish Step to Hip Hop and from Japanese to Clogging.
Fleet Week is always an impressive celebration in the month of May, when the city celebrates the national sea services, including sailors, marines and coastguardsmen, and gets to witness their dedication first hand. Military demonstrations, public visitations of participating ships and musical performances are just some of the attractions offered during Fleet Week. This event always coincides to incorporate Memorial Day, a federal holiday on the last Monday of May, to commemorate the fallen in the US armed forces.
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While it is true that New York is great to visit all year round, there is something about the month of May that makes a trip to this city even more worthwhile. It is said that May weather is the perfect time to take in all that New York has to offer – it is warm enough to spend ample time outdoors, yet not as hot as the uncomfortable summers that the city sometimes faces. Visitors will enjoy average highs of 71°F (22°C) and average lows of 55°F (13°C).
Evenings may still be cool and so it is advised to pack a jacket and sweaters. An umbrella is also recommended because of the likelihood of spring showers in New York. As always, it is advisable to pack comfortable walking shoes in any weather to do some serious footwork across the city.
May brings with it several great events during the month, with the added advantage of less crowds before the summer. There are excellent walking tours to enjoy the great weather, including culinary tours, visits to tenement sections of the city and more. The Tribeca Film Festival, which begins in April, overlaps into May and features some fantastic cultural entertainment and film premiers.
The annual New York Dance Parade features dancers from different cultures and ethnicities around the world. The parade begins on Fifth Avenue and continues up until Washington Square Park.
Fleet Week is also an impressive event during the month of May in New York. Coinciding with Memorial Day commemorations on the last Monday of the month, this weeklong celebration pays tribute to the US Navy and Marine Corps. Visitors can experience a parade of ships in the city harbor, musical performances and a host of other attractions. Memorial Day is traditionally a federal holiday although stores and restaurants stay open.
One of the highlights of the City of New York’s entertainment calendar is undoubtedly the Tribeca Film Festival. This year’s festival is slated for April 23 to May 4 and it promises to be a week and a half of fun, excitement and pure movie magic. The festival was first created to celebrate New York’s contribution to the world of film and it has become one of the hottest events in the industry. This year the TFF will celebrate its 7th anniversary.
The TFF traditionally screens films from all around the world and viewers can enjoy a great number of premiers, since many films are first screened at this festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the directors and stars of the movies and rub shoulders with some of the industry’s true greats. There will be over 200 movies to see during the event, offering a wide variety of film types for festival-goers to choose from. There are also interesting panel discussions planned with top directors, screenwriters and actors, that viewers can attend and participate in.
The festival’s name, however, should not be interpreted to suggest that the event is limited to film lovers only. A wonderful Family Festival Street Fair takes place this year on Saturday, May 3rd from 10am to 6pm and offers crafts and games for all ages in the vicinity of Greenwich between Hubert and Duane. There are also a number of free events, including several film screenings and a hugely popular drive-in, traditionally held at the World Financial Center Plaza for families and movie-lovers of all ages.
Tickets and passes for the Tribeca Film Festival can be purchased through a number of venues, including ticket offices and online. Information about the festival’s program can be found through online guides or the local media nearer to the time of the event.
Tickets go on sale:
Saturday, April 12, 2008 – Single Tickets on sale for American Express Cardmembers (Walk-up, Web, & Phone).
Friday, April 18, 2008 – Single Tickets on sale to downtown residents (Walk-up Box Office Only, proof of zip code below Canal Street).
Saturday April 19, 2008 – Single Tickets on sale to general public (Walk-up, Web, & Phone).
Click for the official site of the Tribeca Film Festival. NewYorkJourney.com features a list of hotels in the Tribeca area.