April is looking like it’s going to be a sweet month for outdoor fun in NYC!
While the pandemic made outdoor dining the only way you could visit your favorite restaurants for a period of time, the beginning of the spring season means the reopening of venues which are actually known for it.
Ellington in the Park, located in Riverside Park by 105th Street (just past the dog run), just announced it would be reopening on April 7. If you’re not familiar with the venue, it’s a great place to bring your dog for some seaside dining and drinking, featuring two levels of river-facing space and live music. The website indicates upcoming events will be listed soon.
Pier I Cafe, located by West 70th Street in Riverside Park South, recently welcomed its customers back as well.
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The rooftop bar at the Empire Hotel, located at 44 West 63rd Street, is also open. On April 11, a live rooftop dance performance will take place to raise money for the iHeartDance NYC fund, which will provide emergency aid to struggling dancers. For tickets, please click here.
And – the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park just reopened!
More outdoor fun happening in April:
- The annual Tulip Festival at the West Side Community Garden.
- Restart Stages, an outdoor performing arts initiative at Lincoln Center.
- Impromptu street performances (hopefully) as part of the statewide NY PopsUp and Open Culture initiatives.