101 things to do in New York City in the spring

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    81. Gawk at pageantry. Pictured: St. Patrick's Day Parade

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    82. Get high and watch a film with Rooftop Films

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    83. Take your mountain man outdoors. Pictured: Yoga at Wave Hill

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    84. Satisfy your comic cravings at the MoCCA Fest

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    85. Quaff a mint julep. Pictured: Eleven Madison Park and Esquire's Kentucky Derby party

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    86. Praise the sun god during Manhattanhenge

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    87. Power through the water on the Hudson with the New York Outrigger club

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    88. Hoist the mainsail with the Manhattan Sailing School

  • Photographer: Johan Persson

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    89. Bid farewell to the winter of our discontent with three productions of Shakespeare plays at BAM. Pictured: Macbeth

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81. Gawk at pageantry. Pictured: St. Patrick's Day Parade


 

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, nycstpatricksparade.org; 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 tartanweek.com for details), New York's National Tartan Day Parade (Sixth Ave from 45th to 55th Sts, tartanweek.com; 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 the Easter Parade (Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts; nycgo.com; 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; rooftopfilms.com; 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 rooftopfilms.com 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, wavehill.org), 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; openairyoganyc.com; 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 openairyoganyc.com for details.

84. Satisfy your comic cravings
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art moves its annual festival to springtime, filling the Lexington 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 (moccany.org). 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, deathandcompany.com), 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, thebellhouseny.com; 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, elevenmadisonpark.com; 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 (newyorkoutrigger.org). Sat 10:30, 11:15am, noon; April--October. Reservations required, e-mail Keith Tsang at nyonovice@gmail.com.

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 editor Jordana 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, sailmanhattan.com)

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 (718-636-4100, bam.org)

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, mumblesnyc.com). Meet at the south end of Union Square, E 14th St between Broadway and University Pl (meetup.com/Wednesday-Night-Skate-NYC). Wed 7:45pm; 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!