Easter essentials in New York

Easter is one of the best times to visit New York. Over the decades, many traditions have been created to make this holiday a most festive event. Here are some suggestions.

If you have extravagant hats, bring them in your luggage and join the Big Hat Parade which is held every Easter Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on 5th Avenue, between 49th and 57th. Street. For 100 years, this Easter Parade brings together New Yorkers (adults, kids and pets) who sport extravagant outfits with hats that surprise, astonish and recall old-fashioned traditions as the purchase of a brand new fascinator marked the arrival of spring . If you don’t have a hat and can’t join the parade, the best place to not miss a thing is around St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

2. Le Macy’s Flower Show

A must-see for any visit to New York, a trip to Macy’s allows, during Easter time, privileged access to the Macy’s Flower Show on the ground floor of the store. Each year, the place is transformed into a veritable garden of dreams where the flowers in the magnificent colors create spectacular tables which perfume. From March 25 to April 8.

3. Easter garden

The Rockefeller Center Easter Garden leaves you speechless. Magnificent sculptures of plants in the shape of rabbits and giant eggs of all colors everywhere. A promise of many photos.

4. Picnic in Central Park

If the weather is nice, why not treat yourself to a picnic in Sheep Meadow, where New Yorkers like to hang out? We take advantage of its passage in Central Park to go to the east side of the park, and admire the cherry blossoms.

5. Walk on High Line

This 2.3 km suspended park, built on a former railway line dating from the 1930s on the West Side of Manhattan, crosses many neighborhoods. In this period, the place is loaded with flowers of all colors. Free access from different parts of the course. At the south end of the trail, the Whitney Museum offers a biennial art show, until June 11.

6. Brooklyn Bridge


A walk on the Brooklyn Bridge offers spectacular views of the city.

Photo courtesy Julienne Schaer

A walk on the Brooklyn Bridge offers spectacular views of the city.

A walk on the Brooklyn Bridge, icon of pop culture, allows you to discover Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Access is offered 24 hours a day, but it is especially at sunset that the ride is most beautiful. A word of advice: dress warmly.

7. Cherry blossoms


It's Hanani, the cherry blossom season

Photo courtesy Jen Davis

It’s Hanani, the cherry blossom season

Around this time, it’s Hanami, the cherry blossom season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. You can admire more than 200 cherry trees, one of the most important collections outside of Japan.

8. Luna Park

For a little bit of nostalgia, head to Coney Island at Luna Park, an amusement park with many historic rides, including the Cyclone, a roller coaster dating back to 1927!

9. Chic brunch with a view

With its spectacular view of the city, The View restaurant, located on the 47th and 48th floors of the Marriott Marquis, swivels, and circles the city in an hour! We go there for its Sunday brunch which is still going strong for Easter. www.theviewnyc.com.

10. Easter brunch on cruise


The Hornblower's paschal brunch cruise allows you to admire the beauties of New York while enjoying yourself.

Courtesy photo

The Hornblower’s paschal brunch cruise allows you to admire the beauties of New York while enjoying yourself.

Champagne and chocolate fountain Easter brunch cruise with jazz music, aboard the Hornblower’s on the Hudson River, during which we have the opportunity to admire several tourist sites such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. hornblowernewyork.com

With children


For the Hat Parade, some New Yorkers are very creative.

Photo courtesy Phil Kline

For the Hat Parade, some New Yorkers are very creative.

Egg Hunt in the Parks: If you have kids with you, take them to different parks in New York City for chocolate egg hunts. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan also offer Easter egg hunts. In all of these places, children also get make-up, can paint eggs, participate in games, have their picture taken with big rabbits, etc. However, you must bring your own baskets.


Each year, thousands of flowers are planted in the Channel Garden at Rockefeller Center.  One can, among other things, admire a gigantic plant sculpture in the shape of a 4-meter rabbit.

Photo courtoisie Tishman Speyer

Each year, thousands of flowers are planted in the Channel Garden at Rockefeller Center. One can, among other things, admire a gigantic plant sculpture in the shape of a rabbit of 4 meters.

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