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NYC set to enter Phase 3 on July 6, 2020. Personal care (spa, nails), tennis, volleyball, basketball, places of worship (@ 25 % capacity). Initially, indoor restaurants @ 50% capacity, but now that is postponed. There is currently no open date for theaters, gyms, and shopping malls.

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NYC April Events and Activities Calendar

New York City Events April 2020 include Elton John, Josh Groban, Tribeca Film Festival, NY Auto Show and Earth Day. Our newest Broadway shows include Plaza Suite with Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, Diana and The Lehman Trilogy.

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NYC set to enter Phase 3 on July 6, 2020. Personal care (spa, nails), tennis, volleyball, basketball, places of worship (@ 25 % capacity). Initially, indoor restaurants @ 50% capacity, but now that is postponed. There is currently no open date for theaters, gyms, and shopping malls.

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The New York Yankees, Mets and NYCFC kick off their seasons, just as the Nets, Knicks and Rangers are (hopefully) heading to the Playoffs. April is also a fantastic shopping and sample sale month, and the weather is usually quite nice, unless we get too much rain.

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Top NYC April Events

  • New York City International Auto Show
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Orchid Show at NY Botanical Garden
  • Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) Festival
  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
  • NYC Ballet Spring Season
  • Earth Day in New York City
  • Billy Joel @ MSG
  • The Met Martini Bar & Roof Garden Opens
  • Spa Week
  • Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Islanders

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April Concerts, Shows and Events

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Hotels Near Penn Station, NYC

Staying near Penn Station / Madison Square Garden is a great idea when staying late for the Rangers, Knicks or your favorite concert, arrive or leave early via Amtrak or LIRR or just want to stay in a very affordable area of Manhattan steps from the Empire State Building, Macy's and no more than a 15 minute subway ride anywhere in Manhattan. Some of our top picks near Penn Station include:

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Sports New York City Events April

April is a killer sports month in NYC! Baseball and FC seasons are kicking off, just as as basketball and hockey seasons are entering the Playoffs. The sports atmosphere in New York is exhilarating year round and some of the most intense competition is within our own rivalries.

Sports Events New York City April

Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC! NHL hockey and NBA basketball playoffs usually start in April.

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New York City International Auto Show

New York International Auto Show

Moved to August 28-Sept 6, 2020

April 10-19, 2020
Tickets $15 Adult, $6 Child

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
(11th/12th Aves, 34th/ 39th St)

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Check out concept and future vehicles, ultra luxury sports cars and more. With their cool, new iPhone app, the Auto Show is better than ever. They were the first and largest attended Auto Show in North America, and one of the most popular events in New York City each year, receiving over one million visitors during its 10-day run. Filling the Javits Center with over 1,000 vehicles from major auto manufacturers and more, it is a must see for all auto enthusiasts.

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Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

Coming to town for the Boat Show, Comic Con, Motorcycle Show, NYT Travel Show, BroadwayCon, International Toy Fair, Restaurant and Food, The Auto Show, Chocolate Show or any one of dozens of fashion, technology or other industry shows? If your goal is to work hard, play harder, you'll definitely want to stay as close to the Javits Center as possible. Here are our top picks for Hotels Near NYC Javits Center.

Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

  • Ink48 Hotel - about 10 blocks from Javits Center, right next to the Intrepid Museum and my ALL time favorite rooftop! (photo)
  • Midtown Convention Center Hotel - the closest hotel to the JC, less than a block away. Small, clean rooms, geared towards convention exhibitors and attendees.
  • Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel - new "digitally enhanced" hotel in Garment District, 15 min walk to JC, modern, though modest.

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April Things to do with Kids in New York

Flower Show, Baseball, Central Park, the Zoo and more. Great things to do with kids in April include:

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Plaza Suite Comedy Play

Plaza Suite Comedy Play - Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, Play by Neil Simon

March 19 - July 18, 2021 (Originally March 13-July 12, 2020 )- Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker return to Broadway together in this hilarious and piercing look at love and marriage by Neil Simon. The play is composed of three acts, in which Broderick and Parker play different couples, all set in Suite 719 of The Plaza Hotel. The first act is a long-wed couple revisiting their honeymoon suite, the second is a Hollywood producer and his old flame, while the third act is a married couple on their daughter's wedding day.

Mrs. Doubtfire Broadway Musical Tickets

Mrs. Doubtfire Broadway Musical Tickets

Helloooooooo! Mrs. Doubtfire is a musical now, poppets, and she's here to make everything better! Daniel Hillard, a struggling, out-of-work actor, will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he disguises himself as Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new persona begins to take on a life of her own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father. Previews March 9, 2020. Ages ??+

The Lehman Trilogy Broadway Play

The Lehman Trilogy Broadway Play

Directed by Academy Award®, Tony® and Golden Globe® winner Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy follows three brothers from their arrival in America in search of a new life, to the collapse of the firm they established, to the resulting financial crisis, the largest in history. The Wall Street Journal says, "You should crawl across broken glass to see it." NYC Insider Guide saw this in London and it was AMAZING! The acting is superb, the characters indelible and the set design totally unique. This is a true New Yorkers play and a must-see. Previews March 7, 2020

Diana Broadway Musical

Diana Broadway Musical - Previews: March 2, 2020

When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, she instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stood up for her family, her country and herself. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever. DIANA is the electrifying new musical about a woman who chose to be fearless, and as a result became timeless.

Six the Musical Broadway

Six the Musical Broadway

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Six centers on the six ex-wives of King Henry VIII, who take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse. They remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power. Previews: February 13, 2020. Tickets on sale through September 2020.

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Annual Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival NYC

April 15-26, 2020

The multi-week Film Festival takes place at various venues, mostly near Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street and showcases every film genre while attracting blockbuster global celebrities, probably more so than Fashion Week.

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Robert De Niro and colleagues founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the revitalization of lower Manhattan. The Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major film making center.

Tribeca Film festival tickets are usually on sale first to American Express cardmembers, then the public, closer to the opening. Tickets range in price, depending on the event, but some screenings are even lower than a regular priced movie ticket.

Boutique Downtown Hotels New York

Boutique Downtown Hotels put you right next to some of NYC's most popular attractions: The 9-11 Memorial and Museum, Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory, Wall Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Charging Bull and every major subway station.

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The Vessel and Hudson Yards

The Vessel @ Hudson Yards

Happy Anniversary to Hudson Yards! Hudson Yards is a new development and destination near Chelsea that runs from W 30-34th Streets and 10-12th Avenues. It offers shopping, residences, parks and The Vessel.

The Vessel is an art-sculpture-park-excercise combination open to the public with 2,500 steps, 154 flights of stairs and wonderful NYC views. Reserve your free tickets to the latest and greatest in NYC.

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Edge NYC Opens March 2020

Edge NYC is home to our newest observation deck and has all kinds of new bells and whistles. Edge showcases a 100th floor outdoor deck that extends 80 feet away from the building, a glass bottom to view the entire city below, an elevator that shoots you sky-high in 60 seconds and an angled glass wall allowing you to feel like you’re hanging over the edge of Manhattan. Edge and the dining experience are scheduled to open March 11, 2020.

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Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

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  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) opening March 2020, highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)

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Fun Things to do in New York in Spring

Things to do in New York in Spring

There are hundreds of fun things to do in New York in Spring. With the cherry blossoms, green foliage, sparkling rivers and warm weather as your backdrop, Spring is the time to take advantage of rooftops, biking, tennis, volleyball, walking tours and so much more.

Here are some of our top picks for Fun Things to do in New York in Spring.

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Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

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Celebrate Earth Day in New York City

Celebrate Earth Day in New York City

April 22, 2020

Earth Day, designed to celebrate and protect our planet, is celebrated across all 5 NYC Boroughs and there are lots of activities in which to take part. NYC Parks hosts dozens of activities in all our parks for Earth Day & Arbor Day. The Department of Transportation closes about 30 blocks of Broadway to cars. The American Museum of Natural History hosts EarthFest. There is a block party in Union Square and so much more.

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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Museum Day offers free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address, which provides free general admission for two people.

Manhattan museums include: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Poster House, Museum of the City of New York and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine New York

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Rooftop Open

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Roof

April 16 - October 27, 2019
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
The Roof Garden is open daily and The Martini Bar is open Friday and Saturday evenings (5:30-8 pm)

Skyline Views, Art and Cocktails - what more could you want?

Every summer, the Met opens the Martini Bar on the Roof Garden Café, an 8,000-square-foot, informal, outdoor setting with breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park.

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Things to do in New York in April

The best Things To Do in New York in April include cheering on any of 7 sports teams, exploring Central Park and getting your tennis gear and bicycles ready for warmer weather. Some of our top April picks include:

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Spa Week – The best NYC Spa Services for $50

Spa Week NYC - Great Jones Spa

2020 Update – we are told Spa Week has moved to the summer and reservations will open June 15, 2020

Hundreds of top spas around the city offer treatments for $50. Facials, massages, laser hair removal and more. My favorite spa is Great Jones (at left), because of their amazing water lounge, steam and sauna, however, they no longer have the best spa week deals. Another great spa that partakes in Spa Week is Elizabeth Arden. See Spa Week for details.

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NYC Airport Guides - LGA, JFK, EWR

Our detailed NYC Airport Guides go in-depth on everything you need to know about each airport. Free shuttles, nearby hotels, Stay & Fly Free Parking, Taxis, Limos, Shuttles, Parking, Cheap Flights and more.

Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Sunday, April 19, 2020

(2019 Info) The annual Orchid Show is a dazzling tribute to Singapore—one of the world’s greatest orchid cultures—where these storied flowers are an integral part of the life of this vibrant “City in a Garden.” Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.

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More New York City Events April

New York City Events April

  • Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) Festival – Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2020.

    More Info: bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2020
  • The Longines Masters Series – April 23-26, 2020 @ Nassau Coliseum – The Longines Masters, the grand finale of the international show jumping series, will offer unparalleled first-class sport, live music, one-of-a-kind artwork, delectable cuisine, and more.  
  • Artexpo New York – April 23–26, 2020 @ Pier 94 – in the Big Apple, Artexpo New York is the world’s largest fine art marketplace. In addition to all the fabulous art, there are Art Labs, the Spotlight Program, Meet the Artist sessions, live art demonstrations and more!

    More Info: artexponewyork.com
  • Ice Skating in New York City

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New York Yankees Schedule

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The New York Yankees, 27-Time World Series Champions, and likely the most simultaneously loved and hated team in baseball, return to Yankee Stadium with our newest star recruit, pitcher Gerrit Cole. There are few things in NYC better than a Yankee game, an old-fashioned hot dog and a beer.

NY Yankees Schedule – Home Games April

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New York Mets Schedule

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Catch NYC's National baseball team in action at the amazing Citi Field, one of baseball's nicest stadiums. Tickets are easy to get and the Mets are an easy 30 minute subway from Times Square or Grand Central. Grab a burger from Shake Shack and get ready to see some baseball action.

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Rangers MSG Schedule

New York Rangers Tickets

Get your New York Rangers tickets and schedule to see our NY hockey team live in action at Madison Square Garden. The NY Rangers have made the finals and/or playoffs the last six consecutive seasons. Their games are the easiest sporting events in NYC to attend, right in Midtown Manhattan, a block from the Empire State Building.

NY Rangers Schedule – Home Games April

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Knicks MSG Schedule

New York Knicks Tickets

No matter how they are performing, Knicks games are always a blast and there's nothing like an event at MSG. Come join our NY basketball team live in action at Madison Square Garden, "The World’s Most Famous Arena." Go NYC style with cheap seats, fast paced sports action, hot dogs and beer and cheer on the New York Knicks today! As a general rule, with plenty of exceptions, basketball games start at either 7:30pm or 12:00pm, November through April.

NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games April

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Brooklyn Nets Schedule

Brooklyn Nets Tickets

The Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center is a true NYC experience. They offer classic Brooklyn foods like Nathan’s hot dogs and Juniors’ cheesecake, and have Jay-Z as a part owner! Jay-Z's 40/40 club in the luxury sections of Barclays center serves drinks until 2am. With 2,000 seats at Barclay's Center costing $25 or less, professional basketball is now available to everyone! See Brooklyn's newest team bring it New York style.

Brooklyn Nets Schedule – Home Games April

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Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month.

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