30 Amazing Things to Do This Spring
Much like bears emerging from hibernation, we New Yorkers sometimes find the arrival of spring a bit disorienting. (Do we drink the rosé straight from the bottle, or…?) We’re here to make the transition a little easier: Here are 30 amazing things to eat, see and do from now until June.
1. Kick off the start of outdoor-market season April 1 at the Brooklyn Flea’s new location on the Williamsburg waterfront—conveniently right next to Smorgasburg.
2. Scope out the work of dozens of groundbreaking artists at the 78th Whitney Biennial (the first in the museum’s stunning Meatpacking District digs).
3. Feast on fancy-pants "street food" made by notable chefs (from spots including Tuome, Café Boulud and La Sirena) for a great cause at STREETS Eats on April 18.
5. Bask in the splendor that is cherry-blossom season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (This handy map will tell you when it hits peak bloom.)
6. Or, for flowers that don’t induce a hay fever attack, head to the Brooklyn Museum’s Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. (They’re flowers, OK?)
7. You’ll find even more inspiring female artists at MoMA’s survey of groundbreaking women from the postwar era.
8. Indulge your inner film geek at the Tribeca Film Festival: We’ll be in the front row for The Circle, the adaptation of Dave Eggers’s book about the dangers of social media. (Oh, and it has a few actors you may have heard of, Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.)
9. We didn’t think it would be possible to make the Broadway adaptation of Amélie more charming than the original…but with Phillipa Soo in the leading role, all bets are off.
10. Speaking of Broadway, we’re kind of freaking out about Groundhog Day: The Musical. Go see the show that’s likely to be an award winner while you can still get tickets.
11. Eat all the ramps. The green, garlicky plant is in season for only a few weeks each spring, but you can usually find some at the Greenmarket and veggie-savvy restaurants around the city (like Left Bank and the newly opened abcV).
12. Stop and smell the roses—and also, maybe pick up some new towels while you’re there—at the Macy’s Flower Show.
13. Now’s your chance to hang out with actor, director and NYC style icon Chloë Sevigny, because Nitehawk Cinema’s hosting a series devoted to her films. (She’ll be in attendance at Boys Don’t Cry on April 5.)
14. Slurp a boozy milkshake at Creamline, because you can. We’ll take a Two Cookies and Cream (that would be Baileys plus Oreos and Nilla Wafers).
15. Soak up the wisdom of some of our favorite writers and entertainers—including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Emily St. John Mandel and Carrie Brownstein—at the PEN World Voices Festival.
17. Pig out (but like, in a healthy way) at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival.
18. Sample the new matcha custard pie and turmeric cream pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ new Prospect Heights counter. Better get both (you know, for the antioxidants).
19. Mark your calendar for New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival May 20 to 21. The lineup is yet to be announced, but trust us, it’ll be a star-studded affair.
20. Dig out your picnic gear and your bike helmet: Governors Island reopens May 1.
21. No plans for Passover? Head to Mile End for its annual seder featuring roasted leg of lamb, Passover tacos and wine that’s not Manischewitz.
22. Swap out your winter-wearied boots for some sassy sneakers. (Patches are totally trending.)
23. Pick up some übersoft new bras to peek out from under all your breezy spring tops (and bring some gently used ones to donate) at White Rabbit NY.
24. Feast on Beijing street crepes from Mr. Bing and salteñas from Bolivian Llama Party at Mad. Sq. Eats, returning May 13.
25. Marvel at boundary-pushing artwork (while soaking up some much-needed vitamin D) at Frieze New York on Randall’s Island May 5 to 7.
26. What’s that? We don’t have to wait until summer for Shakespeare in the Park? See you at Julius Caesar on May 23.
27. Sip all the wine your heart desires at Brooklyn Uncorked, a showcase of the best New York State wineries.
28. More into IPA than rosé? Explore an interactive brew-topia (with unlimited tastings) at Brooklyn Brewery’s Beer Mansion.
29. Have a foot-stomping good time (in a gorgeous historic church) at the Brooklyn Folk Festival.
30. As soon as the weather hits 65 degrees, grab an iced coffee and head to the High Line. You still have a couple months before the summer tourists descend.