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While the thought of making a jaunt to the Northeast during the height of winter, may be mind-blowing to some, others may find the crisp, biting wind and chilly, sun-filled days just what the doctor orders. Here, we break down the best time to visit the city for any type or taste.

Spring
While it varies by year, it’s not atypical for New York to reach its coldest peak in March or April while many of the southern states are already celebrating the birth of spring. Oftentimes, temperatures don’t begin to rise until mid-May, making spring chillier than many other locales. If you want to escape the flocks of tourists that inhabit the city during summer months and don’t mind donning a light coat, this may just be the perfect time to visit. An added bonus: If you’re a Yankees or Mets fan, you’ll get a chance to catch some early season action.

Summer
If sticky weather, lubricating temperatures, and throngs of people aren’t your style, you might consider visiting New York another time of year. But if you revel in the thought of exploring the city by flip-flop-clad feet and bare arms, here’s your perfect opportunity. New York summers are humid and often suffocating with the city’s excess of concrete; however, as Manhattanites tend to flee the city the second the seasons change in search of a more bearable summer in the Hamptons, the city tends to be left vacant save the many tourists who take advantage of the locals’ pilgrimage to the coast. If you choose to visit this time of year, avoid the crowded tourist hotspots like Times Square and the Theater District and take advantage of the shaded ways in the East, West and Greenwich Villages instead.

Fall
There’s no better time to descend upon New York than when the heat of August melts into a still-warm-yet-not-nearly-as-stifling September. Many years, New York fall temperatures tend to hover in the low-80’s, mid-70’s until mid-October, yet a gentle breeze keeps you cooled off. Central Park is a burst of red, orange and yellow foliage, as are the many parks sprinkled throughout the city. A perfect day can be spent in Brooklyn’s Botanical Gardens (link: www.bbg.org) or at the Bronx Zoo (link: www.bronxzoo.com) or a leisurely Circle Line cruise (line: www.circleline42.com) around the perimeter of the island.

Winter
From Thanksgiving until New Year’s, New York City truly is a Mecca for visitors, but for a reason. I’ve spent the holiday season in many different corners of the globe and maintain that there is simply nowhere on Earth like New York at this time of year. The whole city is a display of garland and white lights and boasts annual events like The Nutracker, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as well as the famed Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree lighting and a whole host of outdoor ice-skating rinks. Not to mention, there’s this little-known Times Square celebration on Dec. 31 that attracts more than one million visitors annually. If you choose and wait until January or February to visit, you may be disappointed by gray skies and dreary weather, but at least you won’t be trampled by all of those trying to catch a glimpse of a green-and-red-lit Empire State Building.

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