Easter in NYC – Experience a Unique Side of the City

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My mom, sister and I in Central Park on Easter Sunday

Spend Easter Sunday in NYC

NYC Has Endless Possibilities

There is so much to do in NYC and Easter is no exception. I was born and raised in a quaint town called Northport on the North Shore of Long Island. It’s about one hour east of New York City and one hour west of the Hamptons. Whenever friends are planning a trip to NYC and ask me for advice, I never know where to begin because there are endless possibilities! What do you like to do? What do you want to eat? Whatever you can think of or dream up, it exists in NYC. 

Great Resources for Planning a Trip to NYC

A few great resources to narrow it down, however, are the NYTimes travel section, which has a tremendous amount of content on all five boroughs, and Time Out New York magazine. I was recently in New York visiting family for Easter, so I’m going to share the details from that day with you!




Enjoy Brunch at Sarabeth’s

We started off the day having brunch at Sarabeth’s in Manhattan. There are several Sarabeth’s in NYC, we went to the one located on the south end of Central Park. Our table had an incredible spread of french toast made from challah bread, eggs Benedict, fruit smoothies, bacon, coffee and tea. I ordered lemon ricotta pancakes with blackberries. My family is big on sharing food so you can imagine the plates being passed around and across the table. I can still taste it all, it was amazing!

NYC Easter Hat Parade
A group of friends at the Easter Hat Parade
NYC Easter Hat Parade
More people at the Easter Hat Parade

Easter Hat Parade

After brunch we walked around Central Park and took some nice family pictures. Then we walked a few blocks down 5th Ave towards St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The road was shut off to cars so the street was packed with people. The Easter Hat Parade, which first began in the 1870s, was in full swing all the way down 5th Ave. We weren’t feeling bold enough to wear a giant hat made of jellybeans or metro cards, so we wore beautiful floral hairpieces, which my mom made. 

Stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Check Out the Incredible Architecture and Stained Glass

Once inside the cathedral, we ended up getting pretty decent seats close to the front, although it wasn’t easy to hear because the sound goes straight up in to the cathedral ceiling. The stained glass and intricate detail inside the cathedral is breathtaking and I spent a lot of time looking up in awe.

It was a whirlwind day, and one I most certainly won’t forget!

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