I like living in Moscow. I really do. I love being close to my family, the beauty of the Kremlin at night, dill and sour cream with everything, Tretyakov Gallery on weekdays, the insane job that drives me absolutely insane, first and last shashlyk barbecue of the season at Kolomenskoye, horses, countryside, two weeks of crazy New Year’s festivities and so much more. It’s a rare thing that makes me go “aww, I miss living in New York.”
Business Insider’s “27 things every New Yorker should do this spring” is one of those. Here are just some of the lovely things you can enjoy in New York City this time of year:
Stroll leisurely under the cover of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s beautiful cherry blossom trees, which start blooming in April.
Spice up your life with a Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary Festival, which comes to Brooklyn on April 12.
Discover some not-so-new treasures at the Brooklyn Flea Market, with the Fort Greene market reopening the first weekend of April and the Williamsburg market following in May.
Sample some of the best treats New York restaurants have to offer at Smorgasburg, which runs every weekend until November.
Picnic in Central Park. If you’re too lazy to pack your own food, both Delivery.com and Seamless deliver directly to you at the park.
It’s April 17. It snowed yesterday in Moscow. It snowed the day before that. It will be 0C (32F) on Sunday. The skies are gray. The trees and flower beds are still bare. And, well, this is what New York’s Central Park looked like on April 5, 2008: