101 things to do in New York City in the spring

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  • Photograph: courtesy of White Cocoa

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    21. Marvel at street art. Pictured: Untitled by White Cocoa (981 Dean St at Classon Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith

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    22. Make a pilgrimage to 5 Pointz

  • Photograph: Design by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio and Renfro

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

  • Photograph: courtesy of the Brooklyn Lyceum Spring Craft Market

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    24. Visit the Brooklyn Lyceum Spring Craft Market

  • Photograph: Rebecca MB Pearson

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    25. Browse outdoor art in Washington Square

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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

  • Photograph: courtesy of A.I.R. Gallery

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    27. Browse---and buy---at the Affordable Art Fair. Pictured: In the Kitchen by Catherine Mosley, 2008

  • 28. Do the Revlon Run/Walk for Women. Photograph: Jessica Trujillo

    28. Do the Revlon Run/Walk for Women. Photograph: Jessica Trujillo

  • 29. March in the Veggie Pride Parade. Photograph: Claudia Rose Emerson

    29. March in the Veggie Pride Parade. Photograph: Claudia Rose Emerson

  • Photograph: Irving Solero

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    30. Celebrate the fashion genius of Vivienne Westwood. Pictured: Vivienne Westwood, "Rocking Horse" boot, 1986

Photograph: courtesy of White Cocoa

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21. Marvel at street art. Pictured: Untitled by White Cocoa (981 Dean St at Classon Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

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 (grafftours.com) 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; 5ptz.com), 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 by MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens; 718-784-2084, ps1.org; 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 Als'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, eataly.com), and the much-anticipated green space at the High Line Section 2 (enter at 14th or 16th St; thehighline.org; 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 our Eataly 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 the Brooklyn Lyceum, on April 30 and May 1 (227 Fourth Ave between President and Union Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-857-4816, brooklynlyceum.com; 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, washingtonsquareoutdoorartexhibit.org). 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, movingimage.us). 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, aafnyc.com; 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, fountainexhibit.com; 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 Park and 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 (do.eifoundation.org)

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 (veggieprideparade.org)

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, fitnyc.edu). Tue--Fri noon--8pm, Sat 10am--5pm; free.

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Heidi
Heidi

This really helped me a lot

SBU Philosophy & Art Conference and Exhibition
SBU Philosophy & Art Conference and Exhibition

The 5th Annual Stony Brook University Philosophy and Art Conference & Art Exhibition taking place in Manhattan at the AC Institute in Chelsea on March 30-31. The Masters program in Philosophy and the Arts at Stony Brook University in Manhattan focuses on intersections of art and philosophy. In an effort to encourage dialogue across disciplines, we offer this conference and concurrent month-long exhibition as an interdisciplinary event and will present participants working in a variety of fields and media to respond to this year's topic: Still Life? Dr. David Wood, Keynote Speaker Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University Artist Speaker Reynold Reynolds, Berlin-based experimental filmmaker March 30-31, 2012 The conference is free and open to the public!

maweejik
maweejik

This is an awesome list! New York is one of my most favourite cities. Like Paris or London, I can spend all day wandering the museums. I'm trying to get my site off the ground here, as I think this is a community that would really appreciate it. It's a labour of love on my part, so I'm hoping for good things. The goal is to be able to meet up with others to go and do some of this cool stuff, when you are new or just looking to meet other people. Check it out, it's www.maweejik.com, and just started this week. If you think it's a cool idea, share with your friends, so I'll have a million people to do stuff with next time I'm in town :)

TONY
TONY

Glad you like, Codina --- we'll post 101 things to do in the summer in early June. Stay tuned!

codina
codina

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! ive been looking for a guide like this for awhile, im new to the city and want to explore so this is great!!! will there be some strictly summer stuff too?

Anonymous
Anonymous

#80, Beer For Beasts, was on MARCH 26, NOT May 26...

Amy
Amy

re: #5, are the Staten Island Yankees having a home-opener this year?

Anonymous
Anonymous

1 out 101 done. Yes! haha. See ya'll at the others.

Ace5O
Ace5O

I'm going to try to do as many of the 101 as possible, and I will be chronicling my experiences on my blog. I'm putting down the controller for awhile, leaving my man cave and hitting the streets of NYC. Check it out, and if you've done any of these things already, I'd def be down for some insider's tips. Thanks for all the suggestions TimeOut NYC!