101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

Warm weather is back, along with your will to go outdoors and explore NYC. Lucky for you, we've rounded up the best things to do in the spring.

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    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    91. Welcome the weird and the wonderful back to Coney Island in May

    Pictured: Olde Time Strongman Spectacular

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    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    92. Get down at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

  • 101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    93. Find Brooklyn cool in Chelsea Market at the Artists & Fleas pop-up

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    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    94. Dock for Fleet Week

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    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    95. Get fit at the Central Park Circuit

  • 101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    96. Bear witness to the resurrection of Shuggie Otis

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    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    97. Make a pilgrimage to the Red Hook ball fields

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    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    98. Attend the season's most affordable (and high-minded) gala

  • 101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    99. Make like a collector at ADAA: The Art Show

     

     

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    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    100. Celebrate NYC’s bohemian rhapsody with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (and Debbie Harry, pictured)

  • 101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    101. Learn to keep a secret…

Photograph: Filip Wolak

101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

91. Welcome the weird and the wonderful back to Coney Island in May

Pictured: Olde Time Strongman Spectacular

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Welcome the weird and the wonderful back to Coney Island in May

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Hurricane (fine, Superstorm, sheesh you people are pedants) Sandy did a number on Sideshows by the Seashore, the space for Coney Island USA’s off-kilter events and variety shows, and the home of the Coney Island Museum. A focus on rebuilding means there’s no Noisefest parade or Congress of Curious Peoples this year, but the institution makes its return with the Olde Time Strongman Spectacular on May 19, a free show (VIP seating $25) outside the building with astounding feats of brawn. That’s followed by the season’s first Burlesque at the Beach on May 23 and Sideshow on May 24. Check coneyisland.com closer to the time for details.

  1. 1208 Surf Ave, (at 12th St), 11224
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Get down at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

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Bryce and Aaron Dessner, the twin guitarist-composers behind the National, are bringing their weekend-long music fest back to BAM after a stellar debut last year. Named for Walt Whitman’s 1855 poem about a trip across the East River, CBF showcases NYC’s top-notch musicians, composers, singer-songwriters and DJs. This year’s lineup is still pending, but if last year’s is any indication (it included the Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut and the JACK Quartet, to name just a few), expect the crème de la crème of indie rock, postclassical, Afrobeat and more. $50.

  1. 30 Lafayette Ave, (between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St), 11217
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Find Brooklyn cool in Chelsea Market at the Artists & Fleas pop-up

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After going strong in Brooklyn for a decade, cofounder Ronen Glimer says, A&F is “bringing cool back to Chelsea Market” (burn!), with a monthly pop-up featuring 30 makers and their wares. Score affordable art from Kevin Marcell, who screenprints iconic New York scenes onto old city cycling maps ($25–$55), or dig through impeccably curated boho-chic women’s vintage clothing ($48–$1,200) from Gypsy Nation (gypsynationvintage.com). Watch out for details regarding an end-of-spring trunk show dedicated to accessories and jewelry.

  1. Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St
  2. Sat Mar 2 - Sun Jun 2
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Dock for Fleet Week

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Each year, members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps gather in New York City to celebrate the seafaring wing of our armed forces. The week kicks off with the Parade of Sail, a flotilla of visiting vessels and tall ships that cruise along the Hudson River, and the festivities continue into the week with musical performances, military demonstrations and a Memorial Day ceremony. There’s also the chance to visit in-service ships docked in city harbors. And then, of course, there’s the sight of Navy men and women on shore leave, taking in the sights, engaging in high jinks and making us swoon. Locations vary, visit militarynews.com/fleetweeknewyork for details.

  1. Various locations
  2. Thu May 23 - Thu May 30
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Get fit at the Central Park Circuit

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Trade in your gym membership for a free workout in Manhattan's shared backyard, thanks to Central Park Conservancy. Trainers Rich Fortunat and Whitney Jacobs helped design this outdoor circuit that utilizes park facilities—such as benches, stairs, hills and lawns—in cardio and strength-building routines. Conservancy members have first dibs on trainer-led workouts, which take place on Tuesdays (6:30–7:30pm, Great Lawn at 81st St) and Thursdays (6:30–7:30pm, Great Hill at 106th St) over spring (May 14–June 20) and summer (July 9–Aug 5). The classes are capped at 20 people, but you can download a PDF of the exercises and view instructional videos at centralparknyc.org/circuit.

  1. Central Park, Great Hill W 106th St, at Central Park West
  2. Tue May 14 - Thu Aug 15
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Make a pilgrimage to the Red Hook ball fields

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This collection of Latin-food vendors isn’t the well-kept secret it once was (like five, ten years ago), and trucks on the Red Hook roster such as Vendy Award winners Solber Pupusas and Country Boys can be found around town at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg (the latter has even opened a new joint in Park Slope). But we think there are still good reasons to make the trip: The neighborhood of Red Hook is a great place to spend a day, we prefer our pupusas on the grass while watching soccer, and this is the final season of the association’s six-year lease. Calm down, they’ll likely reapply and return next year, but remember Carly Simon’s words—you never know what you’ve got till it’s gone. So go get it. Opening late April or early May; check redhookfoodvendors.com or follow @RedHookFoodVend for updates.

  1. Clinton St, (at Bay St)
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Attend the season's most affordable (and high-minded) gala

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The Poetry and the Creative Mind Gala is a star-studded annual happening that lures poesyphobic New Yorkers with celebrity readers and relatively affordable seats. Big-name proponents of verse, including Jake Gyllenhaal, tout their favorite poems in an evening that supports the worthy Academy of American Poets and helps anchor National Poetry Month.

  1. Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) 1941 Broadway, at 65th St
  2. Until Thu Apr 24
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Make like a collector at ADAA: The Art Show

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Whether you’re a serious collector or a casual art fan, this vast fair, run by the Art Dealers Association of America, offers the chance to peruse some of the world’s most impressive, museum-quality pieces on the market. Seventy exhibitions feature paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and multimedia works dating from the 17th century to the present.

  1. Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave, between 66th and 67th Sts
  2. Sun Mar 9
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Celebrate NYC’s bohemian rhapsody

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A new New York Public Library for the Performing Arts series, Rhapsodic City: Music of New York, examines homegrown musical genres such as hip-hop, punk, mambo, salsa, folk revival and Brill Building pop (the name refers to a songwriting epicenter in the 1950s and ’60s) with free talks, performances and screenings of holdings from the library’s holdings. Highlights of the six-week program include Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein discussing punk with Rolling Stone’s Will Hermes (Mar 27 at 6pm), while the Jazz Age Lawn Party’s Michael Arenella hosts an evening looking at the music of the Prohibition Era (Apr 10 at 6pm).

  1. 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, (at 66th St)
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101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013: Learn to keep a secret

Learn to keep a secret…

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…unlike us, who will reward readers who got this far by blabbing about Secret Cinema, a London-based outfit that holds film screenings in undisclosed locations, with a dress code and interactive-theater experience matching the theme of a movie (which also isn’t revealed). For instance, in summer 2012 an event centered around Prometheus took place in a vast abandoned warehouse in North London, and got attendees to sign up as employees of Brave New Ventures to take a trip to outer space, with Radiohead providing the soundtrack. (Read about the whole shebang on this Secret Cinema webpage.) And now their website declares they’re coming to New York. Get on the list for updates at secretcinema.org and for goodness’ sake, don’t tell anyone you heard about it from us.

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