Things to do in NYC in May

Looking for things to do in NYC in May? You don’t have to look far during your springtime stay at The Michelangelo luxury hotel for Big Apple fun. The list of activities is as plentiful as the blooms in Central Park, and The Michelangelo Hotel is close to it all thanks its Time Square hotel location. Consider these May happenings during your stay in Manhattan:

Visit one of many NYC street fairs

May is the month when the NYC street fair phenomenon starts taking hold for the summer, and one of the best fair examples is the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival. Instead of New York City’s typical mix of street food, cheap clothes, jewelry offerings and bric a brac, this event focuses on local restaurants and high-quality vendors. Even without the festival, Hell’s Kitchen is one of Manhattan’s popular restaurant neighborhoods, bursting with fun pre-theater spots and late-night hangouts, like Marseille, Joe Allen or the always-popular piano bar Don’t Tell Mama.

Take in the May NYC art exhibits

As usual, there’s a lot going on in the museums this season. Beginning May 12, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents “Van Gogh: Irises and Roses,” a series of works showcased together for the first time to coincide with the period when the flowers are in bloom. Across Fifth Avenue, the Neue Galerie is holding the hugely popular exhibit “Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold,” which traces the relationship between the artist and one of his closest patrons. To continue the theme, have a Viennese pastry at the in-house Café Sabarsky, then catch the film “Woman in Gold,” currently playing at the wonderful Paris Cinema across from Central Park.

Discover the New York Meatpacking District

With the opening this month of the new Whitney Museum, the Meatpacking District has cemented its position as one of the city’s top destinations for shopping, restaurants and sightseeing (the High Line starts at the corner of Washington and Gansevoort). Streets that used to be packed with delivery vans and lined with meatpacking plants are now home to designer boutiques, savory restaurants and quaint cafés. While there are still a few signs of its industrial past, the neighborhood is a perfect example of how Manhattan has evolved over the past two decades.


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