Spring in New York City

I don’t know what it is about this spring, but it just feels different. Maybe because we got bombed with snow all winter long. Or maybe because it is the second spring during the COVID pandemic. Or maybe it is because I am vaccinated and most of my family is getting theirs too. Whatever it is, I am loving this season. It feels like a reawakening and I am feeling a bit more hopeful than last spring.

Daffodils in McGolrick Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

I am still not traveling but with the days getting longer, my walks are getting longer too. I live near many beautiful parks here in North Brooklyn, so I’ve been exploring near and far (but only as far as Manhattan since I am still not traveling at the moment.) Brooklyn feels almost “normal” with everyone emerging from their winter cocoon. The parks are packed, outdoor dining has resumed, and shops and restaurants that have been closed for a long time are slowly reopening. Everyone seems to be more optimistic.

A pop of color against the grey Manhattan skyline,
Long Island City, Queens

Manhattan isn’t quite there yet. Depending on which neighborhood you are in, things are quite different. Midtown Manhattan is the hub of commuters and business people. But with most people still working from home, the streets are quiet. SoHo and parts of Greenwich Village are filled with empty storefronts and eerily quiet streets. While it is nice not to be caught up in throngs of people hurrying around the city, it also feels like something is missing.

Friday 12pm in SoHo, barely anyone around

There are a lot of rumors flying around social media how Manhattan is all crime, homelessness, and garbage. I’ve also heard that it is less safe than in years past. While crime might be up statistically, I don’t see the anarchy and devastation in Manhattan that others are talking about online. I’ve even got some messages via Instagram saying that I am posting “fake news” about New York City. I post what I see and what I see is my favorite city in the world reemerging from a difficult 14 months. I see the city reopening slowly with a sense of hope. I see a new government trying to fix a broken country. I see New Yorkers pulling together to bring back our vibrant city. We’ve done it before and we will do it again.

Washington Square Park, Manhattan

When you are ready to travel again, I urge you to visit New York City. Help us bring this vibrant city back to life. Have a gluten-free feast at one of the small businesses that stayed open or newly opened during the pandemic. (My list has been updated!) Buy gluten-free treats at a local bakery. Stroll through our gorgeous parks. New York is still here, I am still here, and I am ready to help you navigate this wonderful city.

All gluten-free at Posh Pop Bakery in Greenwich Village

About Erin Smith

Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community; Founded Gluten-Free Fun in 2007; Founded Gluten-Free Globetrotter® in 2011; Founded GlutenFreelancer® in 2014. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of more than 2,000 members for over a decade. She is the founder of the Santa Cruz Celiac support group. Erin currently resides in New York City and lives 100% gluten-free.
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6 Responses to Spring in New York City

  1. Pedro Arroba says:

    Hope is in the air although this pandemic changed somethings for ever and we have to adapt to our new reality.
    Thanks for your nice/realistic view of spring in New York City.

  2. Marianne says:

    Thank you for reporting excellent news, updates, and beautiful photography. The realism and elegance of NYC is quite something to behold and deeply appreciated.

  3. Deborah L Smith says:

    A really nice post filled with hope.

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