101 things to do in New York City in the spring

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    71. Find retro furnishings at the Pier Antiques Show Pictured: 1970s smoked glass candy dishes by Peter Max, (6' $85; 12' $150), available at the show

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    72. Salsa dance at the Si Cuba! Festival

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    73. Battle for beads during Mardi Gras. Pictured: Dr. John who performs at the Fifth Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball

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    74. Smack strangers with a pillow

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    75. Listen to groovy tunes along the Hudson

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    76. Conquer your fears at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

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    77. Ramble around Manhattan on the Great Saunter

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    78. Stay trendy and in the black. Pictured: Target Go International series

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    80. Get drunk and save a puppy at the Beer for Beasts benefit

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71. Find retro furnishings at the Pier Antiques Show Pictured: 1970s smoked glass candy dishes by Peter Max, (6' $85; 12' $150), available at the show

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 (stellashows.com). 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 sicuba.org 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, bronxmuseum.org; Apr 1 6--10pm; free), tap your toes to the rhythms of Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piero at Carnegie Hall (154 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org; 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, bam.org; 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, drinkgoodstuff.com; 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, lepoissonrouge.com; 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 rsvp@newmindspace.com. And check out our photos of last year's epic throwdown in Union Square. Location TBA, visit newmindspace.com 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 scenic Croton 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; clearwater.org; 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, nyc.gov/parks). 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 (shorewalkers.org). 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 target.com. 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 * sears.com; 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, amnh.org). 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 (beerforbeasts.com) 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, sugarmuttsrescue.com) 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, thebellhouseny.com). May 26, 1--5pm, 6--10pm; $60.

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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!