Have you ever been asked by your friends to name your favorite New York City Events? Well I was asked that the other day and I was stumped. There are so many NYC events to list but, thinking about which one is my favorite event is a tricky question. Each year over 8 million tourists visit New York City which is impressive figure. The tourists head to all the big name landmarks like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. And of course they’ll be doing their fair share of shopping Macy’s would be on top of their shopping lists. As a local my list of favorite New York City event is slightly different to that of tourists.
New York City is full of events from art exhibitions to sporting and cultural events, there’s something for everyone. I’m a big fan of the outdoors and sporting events and activities. A popular day trip from NYC is Governors Island. A short 15 minute ferry ride from South St Seaport and you’re transformed to another world, one stepped in history. The only way you can get around the island is either by walking or cycling and the views back to Manhattan are spectacular. Governors Island is open throughout summer and there are a number of big name New York events held on the weekends. One event that I look forward to every year is the US Open Tennis. I’m a big sports fan and watching the biggest names in tennis is a highlight on my calendar. October means baseball finals time and with two teams in NYC one of them surely has to make the final series, and if the two teams square off there is no bigger event in New York.
There are many other New York City events that I look forward to each year including the Halloween parade down in the East Village. This is a New York institution with 25,000 people participating in the parade, with up to a million people lining the event, making it one of the biggest parades in the world. New York City turns it on for the 4th of July fireworks, no other city does this event better than NYC. Due to the magnitude of the event it’s necessary that you arrive at your vantage point early and settle in with a BBQ and plenty of drinks. More tourists than locals head to Times Square for the traditional NYE party. Up to one million people brave the cold conditions to see in the New Year. There are so many New York City events to choose from, defining which one is my favorite is hard but, I have to go with the Halloween Parade has being my favorite event I look forward to each year.