Mark your calendars for March 27th… Easter is arriving early this year. A holiday for chocolate bunnies and scavenger hunts, nothing heralds the arrival of spring quite like Easter… and NYC is ready. In March, many NYC landmarks and businesses begin to decorate their spaces in florals and colors to welcome the spring, while we all try to convince ourselves that the cold is over.

Should you be paying a visit to the Big Apple this month, here are a few things to see and do:


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Compete in a Easter Egg Hunt

All month long, venues all over New York City will be hosting family-friendly easter egg hunts and egg-dyeing parties. And some scavenger hunts for adults, if you are so inclined.

Slattery’s in Midtown offers an easter egg hunt that takes place all over the city, led by an app called ScanQuest. You and your friends can compete in a series of physical and mental challenges to earn points and prizes.

Full Bunny Contact holds “Extreme Easter”, where you have the opportunity to compete in series of games and wrestle someone in a scary bunny costume. What can we say, it’s a weird city. 


Go Window Shopping

Every year, Macy’s welcomes the spring with a magnificent flower show, and the most grand of them all takes place inside its famous Herald Square location. The exhibit features extravagant floor to ceiling greenery, with ornate floral arrangements and sculptures creating a sea of bright colors.  This year’s exhibit, entitled “America the Beautiful”, will run from March 20th to April 6th. It’s a welcome pop of color in our gray city.


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Take a Cooking Class

Eataly has a weekly cooking class called Il Pranzo della Domenica, meaning “Sunday Supper”. This year, they will offer a special Easter themed edition, where you can learn to prepare traditional Italian holiday fare.


See the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Unlike other holiday parades, the Easter Parade is a crowd-led, informal affair. It began as a tradition in the 1800s, when women in their best and fanciest Sunday attire would walk down 5th avenue after attending church on Easter. Now it’s a silly and festive spectacle where people arrive in costume, wearing the most ornate and outrageous hats possible. Some even bring their pets in costume. 


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Eat Sunday Brunch

And of course… there’s always brunch. We’ve told you before about our favorite NYC pastime, and Easter is no different.

Jane Restaurant in Greenwich Village is arguably one of the most famous brunch spots in NYC, so it’s no surprise that they are at the top of the list for where to celebrate.

Located on the 35th floor of the elegant Mandarin Oriental overlooking Central Park, Asiate is spot that is perfect for Easter Brunch. Offering a luxurious pre-fixe, last year’s four course menu featured short rib hash, grilled lamb loin, and bananas foster French toast. Yum.


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