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Analyze art in Central Park

The trees are budding, the birds are chirping, and the days are getting longer—time to get thee to Central Park. A picnic on
Sheep Meadow (midpark, from 66th St to 69th St; enter at Central Park West and 67th St) or a row about the pond (Loeb
Boathouse, Fifth Ave at 72nd St; 10am–5:30pm; beginning in April; $12) will allow you to explore iconic destinations (see our
essential Central Park guide for more), but for a more original experience, take in some outdoor art. Starting March 1, see
Eva Rothschild’s sculptural gateway commissioned by the Public Art Fund (Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, Fifth
Ave at 60th St; 212-980-4575,, a 20-foot-tall steel structure that will rise over the plaza like a ten-legged
spider. Far out.

2. Tour Brooklyn Brewery’s expanded factory and try its new suds
There’s more than ever to love at this Williamsburg beer destination, which just expanded into the warehouse next door.
That means 12,000 more barrels of hoppy goodness per year, and a chance to learn about the brewing process amid brand-
new German equipment. After your tour, toast the educational process with the newest brew, Brooklyn Main Engine Start, a
dry, golden ale perfect for a springy outlook ($4, six for $20). 79 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave;
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-7422, Sat, Sun 1–5pm; free.

3. Dine alfresco
The ultimate sign of spring? Having to wait twice as long for an outdoor table. We’re not complaining—we’ll gladly bite that
bullet for a chance to eat in the fresh air. Try the garden at Back Forty (190 Ave B between 11th and 12th Sts; 212-388-
1990,,where you can chow down on seasonal farm-to-table veggies and grass-fed burgers ($11). You’ll
find indulgent Italian fare in the courtyard at fellow East Village spot Gnocco Cucina & Tradizione (337 E 10th St between
Aves A and B; 212-677-1913,,while Clemente’s Maryland Crabhouse (Venice Marina, 3939 Emmons Ave at
Knapp St, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; 718-646-7373, serves up all-you-can-eat crabs ($29.95)
on a deck overlooking Sheepshead Bay. For more choices, see all of our outdoor dining recommendations.

4. Fly a kite at Socrates Sculpture Park

Remember what it was like to be eight with a day of kite-making and flying, at this riverside park on April 25 (32-01 Vernon
Blvd at Broadway, Long Island City, Queens; 718-956-1819,; 11am; free), when you can fashion
your flying craft out of free recycled materials. A former landfill remade into an outdoor community space, the sculpture park
is a fitting environment for a day of repurposed merrymaking, as well as an ideal harbor for kayak trips courtesy of the Long
Island City Community Boat House(starting May 22; visit for more information).

5. Scour seasonal flea markets

Come May 7, the Lower East Side will be bustling with activity at the Hester Street Fair(Hester St at Essex
St;; Sat 10am), where you can score retro jewelry, antique decor and old-fashioned hats, while enjoying
thick mint ice-cream sandwiches (peppermint ice cream between two crunchy chocolate cookies, $4) from Melt Bakery. For
a concept with a twist, check out the Bedford Village Market (8 Macon St between Arlington Pl and Nostrand Ave, Bedford-
Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; 646-247-2437,; Sat, Sun 2pm, select weekends; visit website for
details),opening in April (date TBA), which will devote each weekend to a specific theme, like baked goods or indie fashion.

6. Root for the home team

Head to the ballpark for the season’s opening games, where a cold brew and a kosher hot dog will provide a warm welcome.
Check out the Yankees’ first match, on March 31 versus the Detroit Tigers (River Ave at 161st St, Bronx; 718-293-
4300,, or see the Mets’ opener, against the Washington Nationals on April 8 (126th St at Roosevelt Ave,
Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens; 718-507-8499, Come June 18, head to Coney Island to cheer for
minor-league team the Brooklyn Cyclones as they take on the Staten Island Yankees in their first game (MCU Park, 1904
Surf Ave at 17th St; 718-449-8497,

7. Drink on rooftops
Take advantage of New York’s enviable views by getting buzzed at a rooftop bar. The scenery doesn’t get much better than
at 230 Fifth (230 Fifth Ave between 26th and 27th Sts; 212-725-4300,; 4pm–4am), where an unobscured view
of the Empire State Building and a luxurious environment filled with leafy fronds, space heaters and blankets on request (at
least until it really warms up) will charm you—as long as you stop by on a weeknight to avoid the throngs of tourists. On the
downtown scene, check out LES gem the Delancey (168 Delancey St between Attorney and Clinton Sts; 212-254-
9920,; 5pm–4am), where chaise lounges and palm trees will transport you to a tropical haven. For more,
browse our guide to NYC’s best rooftop bars.

8. Stroll the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Take a cue from Annie Hall and spend an evening strolling along this iconic flower-lined stretch, where the Brooklyn Bridge
and the Empire State Building are a few of the spots visible. Pause from ogling the skyline and show some neighborhood
pride at nearby Jack the Horse Tavern (66 Hicks St at Cranberry St, Brooklyn Heights; 718-852-5084, with
a Brooklyn Heights cocktail (Rittenhouse Rye, maraschino liqueur,amaro, dry vermouth, Campari and bitters; $11).
9. Hang out in beer gardens
Biergartens are traditionally Bavarian, but Eataly’s anticipated rooftop suds spot, La Birreria (200 Fifth Ave between 23rd
and 24th Sts; 212-229-2560,; opening date TBA), is resolutely Italian, with exclusive brews by Birreria del Borgo
and Birreria Baladin. For a more classic experience, head to the tree-filled Studio Square (35-33 36th St between 35th and
36th Aves, Long Island City, Queens; 718-383-1001,, where you can sip German lagers like Hofbrau
Dunkel (half liter $7, liter $13) at wooden picnic tables. The concrete lot enclosed by a bard-red fence at Hot Bird (546
Clinton Ave at Atlantic Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn; 718-230-5800) is an ideal spot for a casual boozefest, while Park
Slope’s Mission Dolores (249 Fourth Ave between Carroll and Presidents Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-399-
0099, canines and smokers in the courtyard of a former auto-body shop, with an
impressive selection of East Coast brewers (Sly Fox, Dogfish Head, McNeill’s).

10. Hop on a bike

If you prefer getting around on two wheels to two feet, then you’ll want to check out the New Amsterdam Bike Show at
Center 548 (548 W 22nd St at Eleventh Ave; 212-284-9737,; Apr 30 at 10am; $20, advance $15). The
33,000-square-foot space will display the latest gadgets and bicycles in order to kick off Bike Month NYC this May. For a
selection of cheap cycling wares, head to the Brooklyn Bike Jumble flea market(Washington Park, Fifth Ave between 4th
and 5th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn;; May 14 at 10am; free). If you’re looking to actually put your bike to
use, sign up for the 42-mile Five Boro Bike Tour (regular entry is sold out, but you can still register with charities or as a VIP;
visit, or you can check out the best parks for biking and spring's best biking events

11. Have a flashback at a Spring Fling party

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an ideal spot to catch a view of Manhattan and revel in the season’s greenery. Stretch your legs and
tap into a deep well of nostalgia at the park’s annual springtime bash, featuring an egg toss, an egg roll and relay races
that’ll bring you back to second grade. At the very least, you’ll get to listen to live music and enjoy watching actual minors
participate in the aforementioned activities. Enter at Furman St at Old Fulton St, Dumbo, Brooklyn
( Apr 23 at 10:30am; free.

12. Experience the Macy’s Flower Show

Immerse yourself in a rainbow-colored, heavily perfumed oasis at this garden expo, where you can see more than 30,000
varieties of flora at Macy’s Herald Square. Covet Martha Stewart’s superior domestic skills at a table-setting display,
featuring her housewares line; learn about 18th-century gardens at the Williamsburg Pleasure Garden (that would be
Virginia, not Brooklyn) as you meander about on your own; or take a free 20-minute guided tour (every 30 minutes, 11am–
4pm). 151 W 34th St at Seventh Ave (212-494-4494, Mar 27–Apr 11; free.

13. Lick ice cream

Nothing makes you feel like summer’s just around the corner quite like the season’s consummate frozen treat: ice cream.
Ignore any lingering winter chill and kick back with a cone from one of the purveyors in our ice-cream guide, like a vanilla
soft-serve covered in Trix cereal from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

14. Imbibe atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Enjoy a killer view of Central Park from the top of the Met at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, where you can relax
with a cocktail (previous libations include the “Sacred Heart,” with pomegranate juice and vodka) and gaze at the green
expanse below. While you’re at it, you may as well see some art—although the annual rooftop installation hasn’t yet been
announced, you can mosey downstairs to see “Room with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century,” opening April 5,
an exploration of the motif of open shutters in European painting. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-
7710, Tue–Thu, Sun 9:30am–5:30pm; Fri, Sat 9:30am–9pm; Suggested donation $20, seniors $15,
students $10, members and children under 12 free.

15. See Broadway’s newest attractions

You may have heard about a superhero musical opening this spring, a little something called Spider-Man: Turn Off the
Dark. While it attends to its well-publicized problems, you’ll want to check out Broadway’s newest crop, like Matt Stone and
Trey Parker’s The Book of Mormon, taking polygamy jokes to new heights, and Daniel Radcliffe’s latest vehicle, the revival
of 1961’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Tony Kushner is back in bold form with a multilayered saga
ambitiously titled The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Read our
entire roundup of rookie plays.

16. Have brunch outdoors

Start your weekend off right with a sunny alfresco brunch in the bi-level garden at Perch Café (365 Fifth Ave between 5th
and 6th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-788-2830,, where you can get your protein with the bird in a nest
(a fried egg set inside a piece of sourdough toast and a side of bacon, $5). Sidewalk seating at Petite Abeille (401 E 20th St
at First Ave; 212-727-1505, offers prime people-watching on First Avenue, while at Meatpacking
spot Paradou (8 Little West 12th St between Greenwich and Washington Sts; 212-463-8345, the outdoor
garden is a pleasant place to enjoy unlimited mimosas as part of the brunch prix fixe ($29–$45 per person depending on
group size). Browse more options in our outdoor-brunch guide.

17. Experience Gallery Week

Give art its due at New York Gallery Week, in which dozens of art spaces in Chelsea and beyond open their doors for tours,
artist discussions and film screenings from May 6 to 8 ( On May 6, see artist Kim Beck talk about
her new piece on the Highline, Space Available (Bumble and Bumble Hair Salon, 415 W 13th St between Ninth Ave and
Washington St, third floor; R.S.V.P. at 212-206-9922,; 6:30pm; free).

18. Rock out at museum parties

Skip the club and head to a museum, for culturally diverse soirees that will simultaneously expand your mind and let you
dance the week away. Alongside favorites like the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays (200 Eastern Pkwy between
Flatbush and Washington Aves, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-638-5000,; first Saturday of each
month; free) and the Rubin Museum’s K2 Friday Nights (150 W 17th St at Seventh Ave; 212-620-5000,; Fri 6pm;
gallery admission free, event admissions vary),First Fridays at the Bronx Museum provides an evening of entertainment (like
smooth jazz from pianist Valerie Capers’s ensemble on March 4) and a chance to browse exhibits free of charge (1040
Grand Concourse at 165th St, Bronx; 718-681-6000,; first Friday of the month 6pm; free). The New
Museum’s Get Weird series (235 Bowery at Prince St; 212-219-1222,; dates and admission varies, see
website for details) lets you do just that—with funky performances by bands like psychedelic Australian rockers Naked on
the Vague (April 14). For a comprehensive list, see ourmuseum parties guide.

19. Go thrifting at Brooklyn Flea

Add Williamsburg to the top of your flea-market destination list, as Brooklyn Flea expands to a new location south of East
River State Park on April 3. While the usual warm-weather outpost at Fort Greene will open the same month (176 Lafayette
Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; Sat 10am), the new spot will feature the fair’s wide
breadth of vendors and artisan street food (including Asia Dog and Brooklyn Soda Works)—with the bonus of a skyline
view. 27 North 6th St at Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn ( Sun 10am.

20. Play soccer

Spend a day kicking around a soccer ball or join a pickup league to get in on some sporting action. Long Island City’s Water
Taxi Beach provides a perfect sandy spot for a casual match, but if you want to get more serious, set time aside on Sundays
for Brooklyn Pickup Soccer’s coed games, or scour all of the best places to play soccer in NYC

21. Marvel at street art

From Banksy to Shepard Fairey, tiny portraits and splashy murals are all the rage on the streets. Hook up with Graffiti Tour
New York’s ( Gabe Schoenberg for a special TONY-designed van tour, a two-hour ride that will take you
through Harlem, Soho and Long Island City to scope out works by artists like OverUnder, Dan Witz and White Cocoa—or
see our NYC street-art guide to find out where to hunt down the goods yourself.

22. Make a pilgrimage to 5 Pointz

Trek out to graffiti mecca 5 Pointz (45-46 Davis St at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens;, an industrial
complex covered in street art, which has displayed work by aerosol artists like Stay High 149, Cope2 and Tracy 168. While
you’re out there, stop byMoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens; 718-784-2084,;
Mon, Thu–Sun noon–6pm; suggested admission $10, seniors and students $5),the contemporary outpost of the midtown
museum. For a little LIC love, check out Francis Alÿs’s installation “The Modern Procession,” (on view from May 8) a work
that documents a ceremonial procession from MoMA to PS1 in 2002.

23. Shop at Eataly and picnic on the High Line Section 2

Have an outdoor feast by combining the ultimate destination for Italian foodstuffs, Eataly(200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and
24th Sts; 212-229-2560,, and the much-anticipated green space at the High Line Section 2 (enter at 14th or
16th St;; opening date TBA), which will feature a lawn, a steel walkway and a wildflower field along
Manhattan’s west side. Pick up cheese and charcuterie at Eataly spot La Piazza, or made-to-go sandwiches from Paninotca
or Rosticceria (or browse ourEataly guide for more options), and settle in on Sections 2’s built-in seating for an afternoon of
gorging and gazing.

24. Visit the Brooklyn Lyceum Spring Craft Market

More than 60 artisans will show their goods at the third annual Spring Marketplace at theBrooklyn Lyceum, on April 30 and
May 1 (227 Fourth Ave between President and Union Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-857-4816,; 11am;
free). The craft convention will feature food, drink and performances from musical groups who have played at the historical
space over the past ten years, for a weekend of community celebration.
25. Browse outdoor art in Washington Square
Want to people-watch, see weird dog breeds or listen to street musicians? Washington Square Park is your spot. Come
May, it also makes an ideal fresh-air art gallery, when countless vendors of acrylic paintings, graphic art, crafts and more set
up shop for the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. Get in a weekend walk and find some flair for your blank walls in
one go. Washington Square Park between W 3rd and E 12th Sts (212-982-6255,
May 28–30, June 4, 5; free.

26. Stimulate the senses at the Museum of the Moving Image

Indulge your love of movies with something slightly more highbrow than the upcoming summer blockbusters at the recently
reopened Museum of the Moving Image. The $67 million expansion incorporates sleek amphitheaters and installations,
including those in the “Real Virtuality” exhibit, a collection of engineered environments designed to stimulate and confuse the
viewer. For something a bit less technical, check out the film series “Dave Kehr: When Movies Mattered” (opening March
26), including picks from the New York Times columnist, like the 1978 thriller The Driver. Film buffs should also check out
the complete list of MoMI features. 35th Ave at 37th St, Astoria, Queens (718-777-6888, Tue–Thu
10:30am–5pm; Fri 10:30am–8pm; Sat, Sun 10:30am–7pm. $10, seniors and students $7.50, children 3–18 $5, members
and children under 3 free; Fri 4–8pm free.

27. Browse—and buy—at the Affordable Art Fair

Give your walls a makeover and banish those college concert posters with the Affordable Art Fair, where you can pick up
reasonably priced landscapes, abstract gems and more from 80 galleries and art spaces (The 7W New York, 7 W 34th St at
Fifth Ave; 212-255-2003,; May 5–7 11am–8pm, May 8 11am–5pm; $20, students $15, groups of ten or more
$10, children under 12 with an adult free. May 5 6–8pm and on Mother’s Day for Moms with an accompanying child
free). For something a bit more avant-garde, check out the alternative offerings at Fountain Art Fair (Pier 66, 26th St at
Twelfth Ave; 917-650-3760,; Mar 3–6 noon–7pm; $10), or refer to our art-fair guide for more festivals.

28. Fight cancer at the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women

A scenic 3.1-mile stroll (or, for the more ambitious, jog) from Times Square to Central Parkand a chance to raise money to
fight women’s cancers? There’s really no excuse. Round up a group of friends for a day of do-gooding and fresh air at this
event, which will benefit cancer research and social services for those suffering from the disease. Apr 30; $40, advance $35

29. March in the Veggie Pride Parade

Bust out your Jolly Green Giant suit and take to the streets to declare your love for plant-based diets at this procession,
starting at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street and ending in Union Square. Speakers like Bruce
Friedrich of PETA will make the case for vegetarianism and against animal cruelty, while more information (and food) will be
available from exhibitors at the end of the parade, like the American Vegan Society and healthy-snack-bar brand Raw
Revolution. May 15 noon; free (

30. Celebrate the fashion genius of Vivienne Westwood

Starting March 8, Dame Westwood will be the subject of the Museum at FIT exhibit “Vivienne Westwood: 1980–89,” a look at
the designer’s artistic transition throughout the ’80s. Through 1981’s Pirates collection to a more feminine sensibilty seen in
the iconic “Rocking Horse” boot at the ’87’s Harris Tweed show, you can see how Westwood reconciled her street-punk
aesthetic with high fashion. The best part? This look at high culture doesn’t come with a lofty ticket price—mercifully,
admission to the museum is free. For a preview of more mega museum shows, check out our roundup of the season’s
essential exhibits. Seventh Ave at 27th St (212-217-4558, Tue–Fri noon–8pm, Sat 10am–5pm; free

31. Party by the river—for free

The outdoor Pier I Cafe opens on May 1, offering views of the Hudson from Riverside Park South and free events sponsored
by the Parks Department, including the GlobeSonic Sound System Dance Party. The setup is nothing fancy—a few dozen
tables shaded by umbrellas—but the river views make the $10 Pat LaFrieda burgers and $5 beers that much better. Park
entrance 68th St at Riverside Blvd; see for a full schedule.

32. Eat farm-fresh produce at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Just a 40-to-50-minute train ride from the city is the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico
Hills, NY; 914-366-6200, the “Insider’s Tour” of the 80-acre farm to get an in-depth view of the
livestock and produce (Fri, Sat 11am–12:30pm; $15), or talk to a grower during the monthly “Meet the Farmer” discussions
(next event Mar 19 2–3:30pm; $15). In the monthly Farm to Table program, you can even get your hands dirty harvesting
vegetables and collecting eggs, and then learn how to turn them into a home-cooked snack (next event Mar 20 11am–1pm,
2–4pm; $20). If mud isn’t your thing, make a beeline for the low-key Blue Hill Café, or splurge on dinner at Dan Barber’s
exquisite Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant (914-366-9600; The locavore eatery features the best of the
farm in seasonal preparations: The asparagus you saw on the tour will likely end up on your plate—same with the pig.
33. Ride off into the sunset on horseback
Trade in your MetroCard for a saddle and reins; two Brooklyn stables offer well-priced options for beginners and seasoned
equestrians. Kensington Stables (51 Caton Pl at E 8th St, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn; 718-972-
4588, Group ride: one hour $37; private ride: one hour $57) is great for beginners who want to walk
or trot, offering trail rides through Prospect Park, where horses largely keep the same steady pace. For a chance to ride
completely off-road, head to Jamaica Bay Riding Academy(7000 Shore Pkwy, Mill Basin, Brooklyn; 718-531-
8949, Group ride: 40 minutes $37; private ride: 50 minutes $53), located in Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge. It offers 450 acres of wooded trails and 3.5 miles of beachfront riding—you’ll soon forget you’re in the city.

34. Dock at Fleet Week

Hello, sailors! The ladies will be swooning when mariners roll into town to spotlight the work done by U.S. Naval officers,
Coast Guard enlistees and other members of the armed forces. Honor them with a week of nautically themed events,
including a tug-of-war competition, band performances and a special Memorial Day celebration, or board a naval vessel for a
behind-the-scenes tour. For a full schedule, go to Pier 86, W 46th St at the Hudson River (877-957-
7447). May 25–June 1.

35. Green out at Habana Outpost

The Fort Greene eco-eatery opens for the season with an all-ages fete: Learn about composting and recycling and shop for
eco-friendly products, while brunching on sustainable fare, at April 16’s Earth Day Expo. Dig into homestyle Latin eats like
huevos rancheros ($6) or a breakfast burrito with eggs, bacon, tomato, avocado, lettuce and chipotle mayo ($8). Throughout
the season, check out the weekend Outpost Market, where DJs provide a shopping soundtrack while you ferret out goods by
local designers and artists. 757 Fulton St at South Portland Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-858-9500,
Daily noon–midnight.

36. Perfect your putting

The two leafy 18-hole courses at Randalls Island Golf Center (1 Randalls Island; 212-427-
5689,; first 18 holes $7, replay $4) offer ample opportunities to perfect your minigolf technique.
If you’ve got time (or patience) for only one round, choose the links with the waterfall. Hidden away beneath a long, cavelike
archway, you’ll find hole nine, where a dark approach provides a straight shot to the cup—the perfect chance to sink that
elusive hole in one. For a more unusual round of minigolf, try the New York Hall of Science’s Rocket Park (47-01 111th St
between 46th and 47th Aves, Corona, Queens; 718-699-0005,; $6 plus general museum admission [$11],
children $5 plus general museum admission [$8])—a sculpture garden filled with rockets from the Cold War era. The nine-
hole course is designed to illustrate how the laws of motion are experienced on a journey through space—hit your ball
through the “Launch Window” at the wrong moment and it will collide with revolving celestial matter.

37. Ramble through Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

The sprawling green space in Queens features many photoworthy destinations. For a hit of natural beauty, check out the 39
acres of botanical gardens (43-50 Main St between Dahlia and Elder Aves, Flushing, Queens; 718-886-
3800,, with areas dedicated to herbs, roses, fragrant plants and bees, and don’t miss the views of the
New York State Pavilion and the Unisphere, built for the 1964 World’s Fair. Also worth a gander is the skate park (enter at
Passerelle Pedestrian Overpass near the Mets–Willets Pt subway station; 718-760-6565,, in which
obstacles are modeled on famous New York skating spots, like the nine-stair rail from the Brooklyn Bridge Banks and the
handicap rail from Union Square. To build the course, designers California Skate Parks consulted with NYC skaters,
including Rodney Torres, the skating “mayor” of Flushing, Queens.

38. Visit Madagascar in the Bronx

Explore the Bronx Zoo’s permanent exhibit dedicated to the African nation, the fourth largest island in the world. The
indigenous creatures on display include lemurs, mongooses, a pair of Nile crocodiles, geckos and a tree boa constrictor.
Weirdest of all is the colony of hissing cockroaches, each one able capable of reaching 90 decibels in volume (that’s the
same as a hairdryer). 2300 Southern Blvd at Fordham Rd, Bronx (718-220-5100, $15, seniors $13, children
3–12 $11, children under 3 free. Wednesdays pay what you wish.

39. Chow down at Red Hook ball fields

Bypass IKEA’s meatballs and head for the locally renowned Latin-food vendors that set up shop on the Red Hook ball fields
from late April through the fall (Red Hook Recreational Area, Clinton St at Bay St, Red Hook,
Brooklyn; Sample excellent Salvadoran pupusas, ceviche and other South American delicacies,
and watch some serious teams play soccer. On the weekends, extend your culinary adventures down Van Brunt street
to Stumptown Brew Bar for an artisanal caffeine kick (219 Van Brunt St at Commerce St, Red Hook, Brooklyn; no
phone, Sat, Sun 10am–5pm).
40. Hunt for a bargain
Warmer weather equals outdoor markets; take on Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market’s shopping trifecta on this market crawl. Get up
early to make a first pass at the secondhand wares at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (39th St between Ninth and Tenth
Aves; 212-243-5343,; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm) before hopping on the $1 Annex Market shuttle to the
Antiques Garage (112 W 25th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-243-5343; Sat, Sun 9am–5pm) to add a certain je
ne sais quoi to your pad with vintage prints. Finish your shopping odyssey getting dusty fingers: Search for killer vinyl at the
West 25th Street Market (W 25th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-243-5343; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm). For more digging
options, and where to eat afterward, peruse the best markets in NYC

41. Explore a secret garden in the East Village

The threat of development loomed briefly over New York’s community gardens last September, when the agreement that
protected them expired. They’re now safe under a new set of rules, at least until the city administration changes, so move
fast before they pave over urban paradise. The East Village in particular is filled with green spaces: Picnic among spring’s
first crocuses in 6th BC Botanical Garden (E 6th St between Aves B and C;, or check out an art exhibition at Le
Petit Versailles (346 E Houston St between Aves B and C; Locate more community
gardens via the East Village Park Conservancy’s green-space map at

42. Pig out on Cinco de Mayo

If Mexican troops hadn’t triumphed over their French invaders, we might all be eating onion soup on what would be called Le
Cinq de Mai. Doesn’t really sound as fun as a thick Cal-Mex burrito ($7.35) from Dos Toros (137 Fourth Ave between 13th
and 14th Sts; 212-677-7300, or affordable barrio bites from Mesa Coyoacán (372 Graham Ave between
Conselyea St and Skillman Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-782-8171,—both recipients
of TONY Food & Drink Awards last year. Consult our list of ten great Mexican restaurants for further margarita guzzling

43. Celebrate Greek Easter, even if you’re not Greek

The moment you stopped believing in the candy-bearing bunny, it became clear: Easter is kind of lame. But Greek Easter is
a literal feast. At Pylos (128 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-473-0220,, the Easter midnight
menu includes magiritsa (traditional Easter soup), rack of lamb with porcino mushrooms, and pears poached in red wine
(Apr 23 midnight; $TBA). If you’re not carcass-shy, reserve a spot at upscale Estiatorio Milos (125 W 55th St between Sixth
and Seventh Aves; 212-245-7400,, where they’ll be roasting lambs right on the sidewalk, and offering a three-
course tasting menu that includes a traditional Easter spread ($97). Those who want the real deal should reserve for
midnight on April 23, but the party continues during dinner on April 24 (Easter Sunday).

44. Soak up suds and sun at the Frying Pan

This “lightship”—a floating lighthouse once used by the Coast Guard—sank and spent three years underwater before she
was salvaged and converted into a floating bar. Now docked near Chelsea Piers, this nautical beer garden attracts
formidable weeknight and weekend throngs of would-be revelers. Starting in April (on days the weather is forecast to reach
70 degrees or higher) and officially after May 1, you can drink on deck—that is, if you can find room on the beer-soaked
boat, jetty or the prime real estate: the jetty roof. If you’re fortunate enough to nab a seat, order a burger. Pier 66A, West
Side Hwy at 26th St (212-989-6363,

45. Nurture your green thumb

On April 16, join 5,000 expected volunteers taking part in Hands on New York Day. Now in its 17th year, the New York
Cares fund-raising event will assign each participant to a city garden or park, to prepare flower beds, mulch and clear winter
debris. Register online Want to keep gardening throughout the year? Find your nearest
community garden or attend a free Green Thumb workshop ( The spring program includes a seed
giveaway (Mar 16; free), pointers on growing fruit trees and berry bushes (Apr 9; free), and tips on attracting butterflies to
your garden (May 14; free).

46. Shed some winter padding

No, we aren’t suggesting you clean out your wardrobe. The time has come to lose those five (or is it ten?) pounds you
picked up while in hibernation. The good news is you don’t have to be a gym rat to get fit—now that the weather is
temperate, you have multiple outdoor activities to choose from, many of them free. Get some fresh air on one of ourthree
after-work runs designed by triathlete Christopher Bergland; en route use everyday objects like benches and crosswalk signs
to make the city your gym. Keep your workout interesting and varied by exercising on the water and trying these cycling
routes, and your body will be beach-ready come summer.

47. Budge your bulk during the New York City Dance Parade
This annual parade aims to celebrate and showcase dance in all its forms, from the waltz and salsa to ballet and belly
dancing. All in all, you’ll see 70 different styles performed by close to 10,000 dancers; file away a few new moves to bust out
later in Tompkins Square Park, where the parade ends with the DanceFest party. Parade begins on Broadway at 21st St
( May 21 1–7pm; free.

48. Trek your taste buds through Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
This two-day street fair, now in its 38th year, gives you a chance to try ethnic foods from around the world, as well as shop
for crafts, clothes and jewelry. In addition to Spanish, Greek and Polish snacks, check out carts from local Ninth Avenue
restos like Little Pie Company (424 W 43rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 212-736-4780,, Delta
Grill (700 Ninth Ave at 48th St; 212-956-0934, and Empire Coffee & Tea (568 Ninth Ave between 41st and
42nd Sts; 800-262-5908). Ninth Ave between 37th to 57th Sts ( May 14, 15; free.

49. Meet the next Spielberg

Want to see tomorrow’s Spielbergs and Almodóvars today? Both were once unknown filmmakers whose work appeared in
the New Directors/New Films festival, a joint effort of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Scope out up-and-coming talent from around the globe at the 40th anniversary of the festival this year, with many of the
flicks introduced by the filmmakers themselves. MoMA, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves • The Film Society of
Lincoln Center, 165 W 65th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave ( Mar 23–Apr 3, tickets on sale
Mar 13.

50. Munch popcorn at Tribeca Film Festival

Sure, the venues are scattered and the selections erratic, but the broad mix of movies at Robert De Niro’s growing Tribeca
Film Festival really does translate into something for everyone. Where else are you going to see big Hollywood blockbusters
(Mission: Impossible III and Shrek Forever After premiered here) alongside local indie gems, foreign films and music-related
documentaries? Various locations, see for details. Apr 20–May 1

51. Watch the season’s most anticipated flicks

This spring offers a bit of everything for moviegoers, including Terrence Malick’s long-awaited existential drama The Tree of
Life to The Beaver, wherein mad Mel Gibson plays a dude who talks to others via a puppet (really). And the season wouldn’t
be complete without a James Franco vehicle, the medieval stoner comedy Your Highness. See whichfilms we can’t wait to
go to, then catch one at one of the city’s best movie theaters.

52. Take the tram to Roosevelt Island

The Roosevelt Island tram from Manhattan (59th St at Second Ave,; $2.25)resumed service last November, but
now that it won’t be buffeted by winter winds, you can enjoy the views down Manhattan’s avenues and sweeping vistas of
the skyline, and then actually explore the one-road islet without catching a cold. After your three-minute ride in one of new,
shiny red cars, which hold up to 109 passengers, grab a bite alongside islanders at the diner Trellis (549 Main St; 212-752-
1517) and hit up the other spots in our handy Roosevelt Island guide.

53. Ride the Cyclone

It’s still here, and it’s as rickety as ever. The Cyclone is possibly the least confidence-inspiring roller coaster in the world.
(The stripped wooden slats could double as siding in a Manila shantytown, and the seats are pretty tough to squeeze into.)
Still, this oldie is a goodie, boasting a surprisingly fast ride, a great view of the ocean and a worn-in charm you can’t get at
Six Flags. 834 Surf Ave at 8th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-265-2100). $8. Opens April 16.

54. Sweat out your winter sins

Spring is all about new beginnings, and there’s no better place to reach catharsis than in a communal bathhouse. At
the Russian & Turkish Baths (268 E 10th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-674-9250,;
$30), you can cycle between two steam rooms, two saunas, an ice-cold plunge pool and a sunny roof deck to get rid of those
toxins. If you’ve been really bad, you can pay extra to be whipped with a bundle of oak leaves (platza, $35) before being
drenched in ice-cold water. For a swankier detox experience, park yourself in the Water Lounge at Great Jones Spa (29
Great Jones St at Lafayette St; 212-505-3185,; $50).

55. Join a sports team (and hook up)

If you can’t summon the nerve for a pickup game in the park, try one of the sports teams organized by Chelsea Piers (23rd
St at Hudson River; 212-336-6666,, where registration is now open for coed spring
sports leagues in touch football, dodgeball and other activities you probably hated in high school. Although CEO and founder
Robert Herzog stresses that it’s not a dating service, he brags that ZogSports has brought together dozens of engaged
couples. We speculate that the rounds of friendly postgame drinks have had something to do with that. Consult this roundup
for more social (and occasionally boozy) sports leagues.

56. Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and go to Beacon, New York
When you’ve tired of MoMA’s lines and photo-taking tourists, take an 80-minute Metro-North ride to Dia:Beacon (3 Beekman
St at Red Flynn Rd; 845-440-0100,; $10, students and seniors $7). Founded in 1974 and housed in a former
Nabisco factory, the museum has a vast collection of larger-than-life modern art—including Donald Judd’s steely monoliths
and Louise Bourgeois’s sinister sculptures—that conventional museums often can’t accommodate for lack of space. Grab
lunch in the café, or better yet pack a picnic to enjoy on the sprawling grounds, perched on the edge of the Hudson
River.Travel: Metro-North Hudson Line to Beacon (off-peak round trip $28).

57. …or Wassaic, New York

You’ll want your Schwinn for this trip: The Metro-North Harlem Line terminates at Wassaic(visit for information on
the hours when bikes are permitted on trains) and gives way to the leafy Harlem Valley Rail Trail, a biker’s paradise. Pedal
to quaint Millerton, where tea at Harney & Sons (13 Main St between Old Rt 22 and N Center St; 518-789-
2121, and the chance to watch glassblowing by artisans at Gilmor Glass (2 Main St at Old Rt 22; 518-789-
8000,; call ahead for the blowing schedule)await. A longer journey up a steep, partially paved road to
Cascade Mountain Winery (835 Cascade Rd, Amenia, NY; 845-373-9021, may test just how tipsy you can
be without needing training wheels. Find maps and bike tours at or Travel: Metro-North
Harlem Line to Wassaic (off-peak round trip $32.50).

58. Have a high-concept dinner at Park Avenue Spring

Owner Michael Stillman, chef Kevin Lasko and design firm AvroKO have conceived an ode to the legendary Four Seasons,
except that here the design, the uniforms and the very name rotate along with the menu. Spring brings a lavender-and-green
color scheme, vibrant flowers and a vernal menu that’s still in the works. 100 E 63rd St between Park and Lexington Aves
(212-644-1900, Starts Mar 22.

59. Walk off Italian eats in Astoria

Some Astorians deem Vesta (21-02 30th Ave at 21st St; 718-545-5550, best thing to have happened to
the ’hood since the popular seafood joint Elias Corner. (Only it’s Italian.) This perpetually packed trattoria attracts diners
nightly with its modern rustic cuisine—and pasta in particular. We can’t say no to the cavatappi with spicy cauliflower and
bread crumbs ($11) and hearty three-meat lasagna ($15). Then stroll along Shore Boulevard, which stretches between
Astoria Park and the East River, offering unparalleled views of Manhattan. Head to the span between the Robert F. Kennedy
and Hell Gate Bridges for some quiet contemplation (although it can get busy on warm, clear nights).

60. Get schooled in cool subjects

It’s time to turn off that rerun of Dancing with the Stars and give your noggin a workout. At Brooklyn Brainery (515 Court St
between Huntington and W 9th Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 347-292-7246,, you can learn about
beekeeping, soda making, bookbinding and other activities ($10–$35 per course). For classes of the practical, daily-life
variety, check out LifeLabs New York (Location, time and price vary; for details), where folks can
help you examine your fashion sense, improve your time-management and conversational skills, and more

61. Eyeball the blooms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Stop by this 52-acre garden for the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (Apr 30–May 1 10am–6pm; $15, students and
seniors $10, children under 12 and members free), a Japanese spring celebration featuring authentic ikebana floral
arrangements, dance and drumming performances, tea and more. Every Saturday from 10am to noon, you can take in the
grounds, as picturesque as any you’ll find in the borough, and their bevy of blooming flowers for free. Before your trip, make
sure you consult the garden’s site for the precise location of currently blooming varieties. 900 Washington Ave at Eastern
Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-7200, Through Mar 13 Tue–Sun 8am–4:30pm; Sat, Sun 10am–
4:30pm; $10, seniors and students $15. Mar 15–Nov 7 Tue–Sun 8am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm; $15, seniors and students

62. …or the Central Park Conservatory Garden

This garden will soon be overrun with brides and their entourages, but for now, it is a flowering paradise that begs to be
strolled at a leisurely (dare we say Victorian?) pace. Overexertion is strongly discouraged in this Eden, which is divided into
three sections (Italian, English and French) (East side between 104th and 106th Sts; enter at Fifth Ave and 105th St; 212-
310-6600, Another romantic option is the Shakespeare garden, featuring blooms from the bard’s
poems. For a view overlooking the garden, walk a loved one up to the long, curved Charles B. Stover Bench. Its design
conducts sound along the bench’s length, so you can whisper sweet nothings to each other from its far-away ends. (West
side between 79th and 80th Sts, enter at Central Park West and 81st St; 212-310-6600,

63. Shake your thang on Governors Island

Anticipate all of this summer’s awesome outdoor concerts by going to the first-ever Governors Ball Music Festival, which
goes down at the tail end of spring. Take a free ferry over to see sets by mash-up maestro Girl Talk, prolific Outkast rapper
Big Boi, rising electro star Pretty Lights and others who will keep a young, ready-to-party set moving. Tickets are on sale
now—nab ’em quickly, as they’ll go fast. For more must-see shows this season, consult our list of the best spring concerts in June 18 noon; $75–$150.
64. View sharks from a safe distance at the New York Aquarium
At this Coney Island staple, you can see eerie moon jellyfish, fierce sharks and adorable black-footed penguins. And don’t
miss the ongoing sea lion show: Duke is the scenery-chewing diva of the aquarium’s pinniped spectacular. Surf Ave at W
8th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-265-3474, $13, seniors $10, children $9.

65. Spot birds in Brooklyn

The National Audubon Society classifies Prospect Park as an Important Birding Area for the many species (more than 250 of
them, in fact) that migrate through it. This season you may see the American Gold Finch, Baltimore Oriole and Blue Jay.
Learn how to find them on these open walks; binoculars are provided. Prospect Park Audubon Center, Ocean Ave at Lincoln
Rd, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (718-287-3400,

66. Bet on ponies

Corral your crew and head to the races for a day of equine-inspired revelry at Aqueduct Racetrack (110–00 Rockaway Blvd
at 110th St, Jamaica, Queens; 718-641-4700,; races Wed–Sun 1–5pm; through Apr 23). Admission to both the
grandstand and the clubhouse is free (though you may want to bring some cash to pay your bookie). Starting April 29, the
action moves to Belmont Park and the price goes up a whopping three bucks. In planning your race-day wardrobe, keep in
mind that there is a “tradition of elegance” at the track. You don’t have to dress to the nines, but an ascot never hurt
anyone(2150 Hempstead Tpike between 125th St and Belmont Park Rd, Elmont, NY; 516-488-6000,; Wed–Sun
1–5pm; grandstand $3, clubhouse $5; Apr 29–July 17).

67. Join the AIDS Walk New York

You’re good at walking. Deploy your talent for a great cause: This 10K (6.2-mile) walk begins and ends in Central Park.
Registration is free, but the more money you raise, the better you’ll feel at the finish line. Enter at Fifth Ave and 59th St (212-
807-9255, May 15; sign-in 8:30am, opening ceremony 9:15am, walk 10am.

68. Stroll through street fairs on the weekend

It’s that time of year: New York’s craziest microcommunities come out and make a spectacle of themselves on the streets.
Celebrate everything from Romania Day(Broadway between Battery Pl and Cedar St; May 1) to the Flatbush Avenue
Festival(Flatbush Ave between Cortelyou Rd and Parkside Ave, Flatbush, Brooklyn; May 22).

69. Explore Freshkills Park

Since 2001, the city has worked on transforming a ginormous landfill on Staten Island into a public park more than twice the
size of Central Park. While work continues, your only chance to see the wetlands, meadows and birds of Freshkills Park is
on a free two-hour tour (by bus and foot). Last year, killdeers, ospreys and even a bald eagle were spotted, so keep your
eyes peeled. Register at to secure a place. Meet at Eltingville Transit Center, 90–98 Wainwright Ave at
Richmond Ave, Staten Island (212-788-8277). Next tour Mar 27 at 10:30am; free.

70. See Alexander McQueen’s mind-bending dresses at the Met

Fashion-forward folks will marvel at the Costume Institute’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” a tribute to the late
fashion designer. Peruse 19 years’ worth of the insanely talented Brit’s creations, spanning from his first postgrad show to
his final posthumous one in Paris last year. Not a fashionista? Try one of these other blockbuster museum shows. 1000 Fifth
Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, May 4–July 31. Suggested donation $20, seniors $5, students $10,
members and children under 12 free.

71. Find retro furnishings at the Pier Antiques Show

Jonesing for that authentic ’60s lamp you saw on Mad Men? You don’t have to trek to the shops upstate—just nab one
during the Pier Antiques Show, when more than 500 dealers descend upon Pier 94. And if you’re wondering if that old
painting is worth anything, bring it with you. Gary Sohmers (Antiques Roadshow) will appraise it for five bucks. Twelfth Ave
at 55th St ( Mar 12, 13 10am–6pm; $15.

72. Salsa dance at the ¡Si Cuba! Festival

Celebrate Cuban culture with three months’ worth of events at the ¡Si Cuba! Festival starting March 31 (Location and time
vary; visit for details). Take in a free screening of Eso Que Anda, a doc on the seminal Cuban band Los Van Van,
and then get down to a the sounds of the Pedrito Martinez Project at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse
at 165th St, Bronx; 718-681-6000,; Apr 1 6–10pm; free), tap your toes to the rhythms of Septeto Nacional
Ignacio Piñero at Carnegie Hall(154 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-247-7800,; Apr 16 at
10pm; $38–$46) or view contemporary Cuban art at “Hola Havana” (Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave between
Ashton Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-636-4100,; Apr 20–May 20; free).

73. Battle for beads during Mardi Gras

Indulge in some N’awlins-style hedonism at d.b.a. Brooklyn’s bash (113 North 7th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-6006,; Mar 8 1pm–4am; free), where you might do just about anything
for those beads after a few $6 hurricanes. For live tunes, it doesn’t get much better than the Fifth Annual Nolafunk Mardi
Gras Ball at (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St at Thompson St; 212-505-3474,; Mar 5 at 7:30pm;
$45, advance $40),where Dr. John himself teams up with the likes of the Soul Rebels Brass Band, a seriously fun
Frenchmen Street staple. Consult our Mardi Gras in NYC guide for more great soirees, gigs and eats.

74. Smack strangers with a pillow

For the sixth year in a row, New Yorkers can tap into their inner second-grader during a giant, outdoor pillow fight.
Organizers beg that you don’t be douches (no insanely strong swings or pillows with feathers, please) and showing up in
your pajamas is suggested. For this year’s secret location, e-mail And check out ourphotos of
last year’s epic throwdown in Union Square. Location TBA, for details. Apr 2 at 3pm; free.

75. Listen to groovy tunes along the Hudson

Bid adieu to spring and welcome summer during this two-day fest, held in the scenicCroton Point Park along the Hudson
River (an hour-long train ride from the city). Aside from a live performance by the tireless 91-year-old political songsmith
Pete Seeger (who created the environmentally conscious music-and-education event), the weekend also boasts sets by
Peter Yarrow, Drive-By Truckers, the Low Anthem and many more. 1 Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson,
NY;; June 18, 19; day pass $45–80, weekend pass $75–$125. Travel: Metro-North Hudson Line to Croton
Harmon (off-peak round-trip $18).

76. Conquer your fears at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

Grow a pair and deal with your irrational phobia of precarious heights and outer-borough buses. This huge oasis of nature in
Queens boasts the largest high ropes course in the Northeast, and starting this May it opens to the public for two free
exhilarating sessions every Sunday. For two hours you’ll get to try a grab bag of activities, so you could scale a bouldering
wall, whiz down a zip line, balance on a tightrope, make a leap of faith from a 35-foot-tall platform or become a human
pendulum on the Flying Squirrel. Arrive early; each session is limited to 40 people and is first-come, first-served. Union Tpke
at Winchester Blvd, Bayside, Queens (718-217-4685, Sun 10am–12:30pm, 1:30–4pm; free. May–Nov.

77. Ramble around Manhattan

Your shoes were made for walking, so take in the city at a leisurely pace on the Shorewalkers 26th annual Great Saunter, a
rewarding, if punishing, 32-mile, 12-hour meander around Manhattan’s waterline. You’ll enjoy views of all four outerboroughs
and out-of-the-way spots like the Little Red Lighthouse from the eponymous children’s book, while chatting to fellow
wayfarers. You don’t have to walk the whole course to take part (we recommend the final leg leaving Carl Schurz Park at
4pm, so you can sink a cold one at the Heartland Brewery), or go it alone on one of these great NYC walks. Starts at
Heartland Brewery, 93 South St at Fulton St ( May 7 at 7:30am; $20, advance $15, members free.

78. Stay trendy and in the black

Red is so 2010, at least for your bank balance. This season, big stores have hooked up with lauded designers to keep you
looking chic for cheap. Target brings back its Go International series (Locations throughout the city;
visit Available Mar 13–Apr 10), with 34 dresses by 17 in-demand designers, including an Erin Fetherston
spaghetti-strapped, bunny-printed chiffon frock ($39.99). British fashion house French Connection debuts a collection for
men and women at Sears (2307 Beverley Rd at E 23rd St, Flatbush, Brooklyn; 718-826-5800 • 404 E Fordham Road at
Webster Ave, Bronx; 718-817-7300 •; In stores now), in which everything is under $100. Check out more of the
season’s sartorial mash-ups with spring’s hottest designer collaborations.

79. See inside the belly of a beast

The American Museum of Natural History salutes those with greater girth at its new exhibit, “World’s Largest Dinosaurs,”
which focuses on the hulking sauropods that plodded the Earth for 140 million years. The centerpiece of the show is a 60-
foot-long model of a Mamenchisaurus, with one side sporting a cutaway of its belly to display projections of its working vital
organs. Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5100, Suggested donation $16, seniors and students $12,
children 2–12 $9, children under 2 free. Opens Apr 16.

80. Get drunk and save a puppy

Your tendency for making poor decisions after you’ve had a few is legendary, so agree to take someone home who won’t
disappear before you wake up and then screen their calls. The Beer for Beasts benefit ( at the Bell
House supports the animal-welfare work of the Humane Society of New York, so try one of the 16 new Sixpoint brews
debuting at the party and sign up to adopt a fur ball in need—you won’t take an animal home that night, the potential for
drunken mishaps is clearly too great. If you can’t provide a permanent home for an animal, contact Sugar Mutts
Rescue (646-732-3795, and volunteer to foster a dog in need before it’s adopted. 149 7th St
between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, May 26, 1–5pm, 6–10pm; $60.
81. Gawk at pageantry
Sorry, Chinese Lunar New Year parade, but seeing your colorful displays while standing on freezing-cold windswept streets
just doesn’t do it for us—call us when you choose a warmer month. In the meantime, we’ll stick to fair-weather parades that
march in spring. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Fifth Ave from 44th to 86th Sts,; Mar 17 11am–5pm;
free) is led by the author Mary Higgins Clark, and April brings more Gaelic delights with the marquee event of Tartan
Week (Apr 3–10, visit for details), New York’s National Tartan Day Parade (Sixth Ave from 45th to 55th
Sts,; Apr 9 at 2pm; free). Pray for wind and you could be treated to a flash of a kilt-sporting bagpiper’s thigh.
A week later, catch the stylish chapeaus on display at theEaster Parade (Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts;; 10am–
4pm; free).

82. Get high and watch a film

As if we would encourage partaking in an illegal activity! We’re talking climbing stairs for a live music act and a program of
short flicks hosted by Rooftop Films, which fires up the projector for a new season on May 13 at Open Road Rooftop (350
Grand St at Ludlow St;; 8pm; $10). While the lineup of musicians and movies is still to be announced, we’re
psyched for the Rooftop Films–funded 14-minute Las Palmas, in which a filmmaker’s baby turns in the performance of a
lifetime portraying a drunk woman on holiday. Location, time and price vary; visit for details.

83. Take your mountain man outdoors

Roll up your mat and leave the confines of the studio for the beautiful natural surroundings overlooking the Hudson at Wave
Hill (675 W 249th St at Independence Ave, Bronx; 718-549-3200,, which begins yoga classes on May 1 (Sun
10am; $20, members $15; bring your own mat) and Tai Chi Chuan sessions on May 7 (beginners Sat 10am, intermediate
Sat 11am; $20, members $15). If you can’t bear to leave the city behind, Open Air Yoga’s morning sessions at Battery Park
City (Rockefeller Park, Warren St at River Terr;; Mon, Wed 9:30–10:30am; $12) and evening classes in
Central Park (Turtle Pond at W 79th St Transverse; Mon, Wed 6:45–7:45pm; $12) begin in the spring;
visit for details.

84. Satisfy your comic cravings

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art moves its annual festival to springtime, filling theLexington Avenue Armory with the
latest mainstream, indie and super-rare comics. A constellation of stars like Frank Miller make up many a stimulating panel,
but we’re most excited about the MoCCA Live Strip Show, where actors and comedians Sam Seder (Air America), Sara
Benincasa (AGORAFABULOUS!) and Jon Glaser (Delocated) perform live versions of strips by Kim Deitch, Michael
Kupperman and more. 68 Lexington Ave at 26th St ( Apr 9, 10; Day: $12, advance $10; Weekend: $20,
advance $15.

85. Quaff a mint julep

With the approach of the Kentucky Derby (May 7), our minds instantly turn to hats, horses and that intoxicating mix of
bourbon, sugar, mint and crushed ice. We recommend the three versions ($13 each) at East Village cocktail den Death &
Company (433 E 6th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-388-0882,, of if you prefer to get down
and derby, plan on attending the Bell House’s free annual shindig (149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus,
Brooklyn; 718-643-6510,; May 7). If you’ve been preparing your finery all year, you’ll want to be seen
at Eleven Madison Park’s third annual glitzy party with Esquire (11 Madison Ave at 24th St; 212-889-
0905,; May 7 3–7pm; $150).

86. Praise the sun god

Early risers got to enjoy a Manhattanhenge sunrise—where the sun aligns exactly and spectacularly with the isle’s cross
streets—in January, but on May 30 you’ll be able to lie in and still catch the natural phenomenon at sunset. Set yourself up
before 8pm anywhere above 14th Street on the city’s grid and great ready for the light show.

87. Power through the water on the Hudson

The New York Outrigger club offers unlimited, free training sessions for novices every Saturday starting in April, for the four-
man Polynesian canoe. The lesson begins on land where you’ll familiarize yourself with the boat and learn stroke work,
safety protocol, and calls and commands; then you’ll get an hour of practice on the water with two experts in your boat to
steer you in the right direction. Sessions are limited to four people, so e-mail ahead to book your space. The club provides
everything you need—boats, paddles and life vests—but it’s up to you to bring drinking water, sunscreen and a grass
skirt. Pier 66, W 26th St at the Hudson River ( Sat 10:30, 11:15am, noon; April–October.
Reservations required, e-mail Keith Tsang at

88. Hoist the mainsail

If the thought of self-propulsion is too much, but you still want to get out on the water learn how to sail with the Manhattan
Sailing School and let the wind do the work. The popular weekend course ($390–$490) begins on April 29 and mixes
classroom tuition with two days on the water. If you’re not sure the sport’s for you, read up on Food & Drink editorJordana
Rothman’s experience, or get a taster with the “Try Me” sail ($150), a chance to work the rigging during a three-hour jaunt.
Your ticket also comes with a $50 coupon to put toward the basic sailing class. 385 South End Ave at the Hudson River, No.
7G (212-786-0400,

89. Bid farewell to the winter of our discontent

BAM salutes the bard with the U.S. premieres of three Shakespeare productions. Edward Hall’s all-male troupe begins
with The Comedy of Errors (Mar 16–20, 22–27; $25–$70),then Cheek by Jowl gets its hands dirty with Macbeth (Apr 5–10,
12–16; $25–$70). Finally, Sir Derek Jacobi rages against his children, a tempest and the onset of years in King Lear (Apr
28–June 5; $25–$95). 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-

90. Roll with your homies

While the hardy bikers of Critical Mass ride throughout the year, the Wednesday Night Skate group begins its free weekly
two-hour group skate on April 6. Beginning and ending in Union Square, up to 80 participants embark on a different route
each week, finishing with food, drinks and camaraderie at local bistro Mumbles (179 Third Ave at E 17th St; 212-477-
6066, Meet at the south end of Union Square, E 14th St between Broadway and University Pl
( Wed 7:45pm; free

91. Give flowers a standing ovation

The New York Botanical Garden is pampering the prima donnas of the plant world to perform in their Broadway–
themed Orchid Show. The arrangements are inspired by the Great White Way, and include set pieces like a grand
chandelier partially influenced by the Al Hirschfeld Theatre’s Art Deco light fixture, featuring moth, cane and dancing-lady
orchids in an exhibit-stealing turn. River Pkwy at Fordham Rd, Bronx (718-817-8700, Tue–Sun 10am–6pm; $20,
seniors and students $18, children 2–12 $8, children under 2 free. Mar 5–Apr 25.

92. Clear your mind with a gentle stroll

When the throngs of people in the Village gets to be too much, slip off the main drag and amble along the block-and-a-half
length of Commerce Street, a teeny tree-lined West Village lane that feels awfully secluded from the rest of the
neighborhood, especially since it winds in a way that few city streets do. If you need any further comforting, stop by Milk &
Cookies Bakery (19 Commerce St between Seventh Ave and Bedford St; 212-243-1640, for a
chocolate-chip treat ($1.95).

93. Mosh with teenagers

If there’s one place to go this spring that will make you feel old, it’s the teenager-packed emo and hip-hop circus that’s the
Bamboozle ( Suck it up—you don’t have to deal with acne and curfews—and enjoy a stellar lineup of
rappers Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Waka Flocka Flame; legendary rockers Mötley Crüe and Grammy winner Bruno
Mars. New Meadowlands Stadium, 50 NJ-120, East Rutherford, NJ (201-559-1300, Apr 29
at 6pm, Apr 30 at 2pm, May 1 at noon; $30–$130.

94. See some skin

That’s dance, art and performance duo Eiko & Koma’s skin to be exact. The pair will present their work Naked at
the Baryshnikov Arts Center, a living installation in which they will be on view, nude, four to six hours a day for two weeks.
Stop by for a minute or stay for the whole session, and get familiar with Eiko & Koma’s body of work with an accompanying
video retrospective. 450 W 37th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (646-731-3224, Mar 29–Apr 9; free.

95. Dance to Mario music

Artist collective 8bitpeople and multimedia performance-art group the Tank bring back their Blip Festival for its fifth
installment of chip music and video art. What the hell is chip music, you ask? It’s dance tunes formed from the 8-bit sounds
you used to find on the NES or Sega Genesis. And we only just got the Mario music out of our heads. Eyebeam, 540 W 21st
St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-937-6580, May 19, 20, 21; $TBA.

96. Splash about on the water

The Downtown Boathouse launches its kayaks onto the Hudson on May 14, offering free 20-minute paddles in safe, roped-
off areas of water by their three boathouses, so you don’t need to have any paddling experience. You can often cool off after
a long, hot day of work with weekday-evening sessions, in addition to weekends. Pier 40 at W Houston St; Sat, Sun 9am–
6pm; select weekdays 5–7pm, see website for details • Pier 96 at 56th St; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm; select weekdays 5–7pm, see
website for details • 72nd St at Henry Hudson Pkwy; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm • (646-613-0375, Free.

97. Scope out an LES gallery…

We all know Chelsea is a go-to spot for gallery-hopping, but the Lower East Side has developed its own vital arts scene.
Start with mega gallery Sperone Westwater (257 Bowery between E Houston and Stanton Sts; 212-999-
7337,; Tue–Sat 10am–6pm), which boasts a Lord Norman Foster–designed building and a blue-chip
roster of artists—Evan Penny and Emil Lukes are on display until March 26. For four more places to check out on the LES
and its environs, take a look at these cool NYC galleries.

98. …or take in the nabe’s LES history

In addition to its vibrant present-day environs, the ’hood has a rich heritage, which the Lower East Side History Project
reveals in its clutch of weekly tours. Guided by born-and-bred New Yorkers, you can explore areas of the greater LES like
the Bowery (Sun 11am), Alphabet City (Mon 11am), the East Village (Wed, Sat noon) and Chinatown (Sun 2pm). Those who
like their history bloody should take the Mafia (Thu, Sat 2pm) or Jewish Mob (Sun noon) tours, but for those on the side of
the Wisconsonians fighting for collective bargaining there’s the Women Movers & Shakers Tour (Mar 23, 24 at noon), which
commemorates the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, an important touchstone of the labor
movement. Various starting points, visit for details. $20.

99. Spend a weekend with photography’s greats

Shutterbugs will be able to cast their eyes on famous vintage photographs at the AIPAD Photography Show New York
(, an annual expo for 70 of the world’s top fine-art photography galleries. Unless you’re planning on splurging on
something for your wall, treat the show like a traveling museum show and feast your irises on works by Diane Arbus, Alfred
Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many more. Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave between 66th and 67th Sts (212-616-
3930, Mar 17, 18, 19 11am–7pm, Mar 20 11am–6pm; $25, students $10, four-day ticket $40.

100. Stage a pickup game in Central Park

If you’ve got energy—but no money—to burn, head to the North Meadow Recreational Center with your crew to pick up a
free field-day kit (requires deposit of ID). You’ll find Wiffle balls and bats, as well as Frisbees so you and your brahs can play
the ultimate sport.Midpark at 97th St, enter at Central Park West and W 97th St (212-348-4867, Mar:
Tue–Sun 10am–5pm, Apr–June: Tue–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm.

101. Learn pétanque in Bryant Park

You may think it’s a haughty version of bocce ball, but you’d be wrong. Get the inside track on the game with a free lesson
from a member of the La Boule New Yorkaise club ( at the Bryant Park courts. Just stroll up and find the
instructor in the club’s T-shirt and they’ll school you on the basic rules in around 15 minutes. You’re free to stay and play with
their equipment as long as you like (although it does get busy during lunch) and receive further insights on strategy and
tactics. Gravel courts at the corner of Sixth Ave and 42nd St (212-768-4242, Starting Apr 18 Mon–Fri
11am–6pm; free