The birds are chirping, the trees are coming back to life, and cold brew is back on the menu. Yes, spring has come to the city, bringing the first warming sunlight of the year and motivating city dwellers to leave their apartments for a stroll down a tree-lined street to one of New York’s many green and pleasant parks. Residents at The Kent have the good fortune of living just a few blocks from Central Park, the king of the city’s outdoor spaces. Read on for a Kent-centric preview of spring events at Central Park.
Rebirth is what the season is all about, and Central Park is the perfect place to see spectacular examples of that. You will find a kaleidoscope of Instagram-worthy foliage that pops with life and color. Flower lovers should head to Conservatory Garden on the east side of the park (enter through the exquisite wrought-iron Vanderbilt Gate at Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets) to see a dazzling display of tens of thousands of tulips, which bloom in shades ranging from purple and deep red to pink and pale yellow. And if pink is your thing, head to the west side of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir to see the iconic Kwanzan cherry trees breaking out into a sea of color.
Residents of The Kent who can’t find the time to get outside during the week are in luck, because Central Park is full of fun weekend activities aimed at getting the body moving and exploring the legendary green space. Pull out your smartphone and enjoy an “Amazing Race”-style scavenger hunt that will take you to little-known areas of the park. Catch a modernist version of Shakespeare’s classic “Much Ado About Nothing” at the iconic Delacorte Theater from May 21 to June 23, and come back later in the summer for performances of the lesser-known “Coriolanus.”
Fun for Absolutely Everyone
Part of what makes living at The Kent such a rewarding experience is the focus on spending time with your loved ones, and Central Park is full of events that will bring everyone together to make memories that will last a lifetime. Later this summer, the Delacorte Theater will be putting on an adaptation of Disney’s “Hercules,” which features songs by the film’s composer, Alan Menken, as well as brand-new tracks from lyricist David Zippel. The Central Park Zoo is always hosting events aimed at engaging and educating the public, including popular penguin feedings, during which zookeepers are available to answer questions about these unique aquatic birds. And New Yorkers who find themselves yearning for a more pastoral life should plan a hike to the Harlem Meer for an afternoon of peaceful fishing, with rods and bait provided by the helpful staff.