When is the best time to visit New York?

I received some good news via e-mail a few hours ago that my bestfriend from high school, Donna, (now living with her family in Australia) is planning a US trip next year, and she’s included New York in her itinerary!  One of the questions she asked me is when is the best time to go visit New York?

I would have to say the summer months — from June to August when it’s warmer and it’s easier to go around the city.  For us Pinoys who are used to the heat of Manila, this is really not as bothersome to us as to others who prefer the cooler or colder times during the year. 

It’s easier most specially for those who come to New York with children.  I think it’s more agonizing for children to go around during the colder fall, winter and spring months.  (Yes, New York can still be terribly cold for Manilans even during the spring months.) 

Besides, in the summer months, we have the street fairs of New York, and the city is alive with twice the fun when the restaurants have dining al fresco out on the sidewalks, Shakespeare in the Park plays with name stars for free, and you can enjoy walking around during a day where you see the sun setting at past 8PM at night.

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