Ladies and gentlemen of New York City: We are very happy to report that spring has officially sprung. Windows are open, parks are bustling, flowers are blooming — the sounds of sneakers rhymically pattering the pavement, birds singing, and bicycles swishing by have once again taken their place in the soundscape. The city comes alive in spring, and there are few neighborhoods more vibrant this time of year than the Upper East Side. Fortunate residents of The Kent will find themselves with a wealth of options both inside and outside of the building.
We start on The Kent premises with the imaginative indoor/outdoor play area known as Camp Kent. Designed to resemble a campsite, Camp Kent offers a teepee, an elevated tree house, kid-friendly paths, rocks, stumps, and a “campfire,” as well as a big picnic table for doing arts and crafts. Moreover, the camp sprawls out into a large outdoor area, so there’s plenty of room to run around. It’s a wonderful location for an array of spring-centric activities, including an egg hunt.
Now, we venture out. But we don’t have to go very far to find places to celebrate spring. Two of the city’s most well-known and historic parks are just a short stroll from The Kent. We start with the charming Carl Schurz Park. This 14.9-acre recreational area has been a thriving green space for more than a century — and it’s home to the mayor’s official residence at Gracie Mansion. It’s a great place to go for a walk, run, or ride your bike, leisurely following the winding paths. There’s a playground, a dog run, a basketball court, and plenty of green, grassy areas to host the perfect picnic.
We end with one of the most well-known parks on the planet: Central Park. One can’t make a list of spring activities on the Upper East Side without mentioning Central Park. The sprawling 843-acre urban oasis has everything anyone could ever want from a park. You can rent a rowboat and tool around on the lake, or grab a drink and an exquisite meal at Tavern on the Green or the Loeb Boathouse. You’ll find a fantastic bike path, running trails, 21 playgrounds, and massive, lush lawns. You can take an outdoor yoga, tai chi, or bootcamp class. There are movie screenings, and scavenger hunts, and bike tours, and a castle ... the list goes on and on. Plus, it’s quite simply a stellar place for some R & R.
For residents of the Upper East Side, spring really presents an embarrassment of riches. And for residents of The Kent, even more so.