It’s been a long winter, but the days of heavy coats and sideways snow will soon be far behind us. Spring, and all its color and warmth, is here, and residents of the Upper East Side residences at The Kent are in just the right location to enjoy it. Some of the city’s best outdoor recreation, dining, and entertainment opportunities are just 10 minutes away. Here’s a sampling of what we’re daydreaming about doing in Central Park this spring.
For starters, it’s time to exchange that indoor gym workout for some fresh air. Leave the treadmill behind you and check out the selection of fitness classes available at Central Park. If you’ve never taken a tour of the park, here’s your chance. The Central Park Running and Fitness Tours, brainchild of a certified fitness trainer and New York City sightseeing guide, offer the chance to combine passions. For instance, there’s the 5K Core Tour, a run that will take you through some of the park’s more famous sites, like the Bethesda Fountain, the Mall, and the Imagine Mosaic. Your guide will pause to tell you about the sites and lead you through some core-strengthening exercises designed to improve flexibility and balance. Or, for something a little more low-key and meditative, try the Sunrise Yoga Walk. What better way to start the day on the right foot than with a brisk morning walk through the trees, stopping for stretches and balancing exercises while the birds begin their morning song? Reservations are required, so book online in advance.
Exercising in the fresh air can work up quite an appetite. Conveniently, you don’t have to travel far to grab lunch, and the options go far beyond the food carts selling hot dogs and ice cream. For an upscale lunch, make a reservation at Tavern on the Green. Come for the patio, stay for the raw bar. Eating alfresco here feels more like hanging out in a secret garden than eating in a tavern, and there’s always a nice selection of East and West Coast oysters. Or, go the old-fashioned route and pack an outdoor feast. Fairway Market is nearby, and it has all the supplies needed for a perfect picnic: namely, cheese.
Of course, as the nights get warmer, and we move into summer, the entertainment continues. There’s always something happening on the numerous outdoor stages and venues of Central Park, and it’s never subpar. Take, for example, the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, which usually brings in some of the biggest names in music. We’re still anxiously awaiting the 2018 lineup, but if last year’s roster is any indication of what’s to come, we’re in good hands. The Lumineers, Green Day, and Little Big Town were just a few of the bands to grace the Rumsey Playfield last year. If your taste tends more toward the classical, there’s the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, held at the beautiful Naumburg Bandshell, an ornate venue that once hosted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And, of course, a roundup of entertainment wouldn’t be complete without Shakespeare in the Park, hosted in the Delacorte Theater.