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

    41. Go wild at Pillow Fight NYC

     

     

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

    43. Give a warm New York welcome to visiting orchestras at Spring for Music

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

    44. Leave your MP3 player at home for Record Store Day

    Pictured: An in-store performance at Other Music

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

    45. Groove at a roller-skating jam on Saturdays (and Sundays), courtesy of the Central Park Dance Skaters Association

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

    46. Catch the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival at McNally Jackson, pictured, and Housing Works Bookstore

  • © 1961-62 Claes Oldenburg. Photo: MoMA Imaging Services

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

    47. See works by Claes Oldenburg at MoMA

    Pictured: Claes Oldenburg, Pastry Case

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

    48. See the Royal Shakespeare Company take on Julius Caesar

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

    49. Lose the troosers for the New York Tartan Day Parade

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

    50. Hang on David Cross' every word at the 92nd Street Y

Photograph: Paul Hardwick

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

41. Go wild at Pillow Fight NYC

 

 

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Go wild at Pillow Fight NYC

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Bring your softest weapon of choice (but organizers ask you to leave the feather- and down-stuffed pillows at home to lessen the mess), and join in New York's eighth citywide pillow fight. After you've fended off your cushion-wielding attackers, you'll feel even warmer knowing the surviving pillows will be donated to homeless shelters.

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101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013: Check out new market Big Apple Flea

Check out a new market

A brand-new market, Big Apple Flea, is primed to hit the scene late this spring, featuring food, plants, produce, collectibles, fashion, and vintage clothing and furniture. With a location in Manhattan and several others in the works, keep an eye on bigappleflea.com for specifics.

  1. Location TBA
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Give a warm New York welcome to visiting orchestras

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The third season of audacious festival Spring for Music, housed by Carnegie Hall but independently produced, comes with a bittersweet footnote: Next year's edition of Spring for Music will be the last, since funding could not be secured to perpetuate the series. Still, there's plenty to celebrate in the here and now, as five major orchestras come to town with their most adventurous programs in hand: the Baltimore Symphony (May 6), Albany Symphony (May 7), Buffalo Philharmonic (May 8), Detroit Symphony (May 9, 10) and National Symphony (May 11).

  1. Carnegie Hall 154 W 57th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sat May 10
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Leave your MP3 player at home for Record Store Day

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The sixth annual celebration of independent brick-and-mortar music shops is set for April 20 (you weren’t planning on doing anything else that day, right?). More than 25 vinyl slingers across the city will be participating, including Other Music, Bleecker Street Records and Turntable Lab. This year’s Record Store Day ambassador, Jack White, has already got us pumped with turntable love; as the date approaches, check recordstoreday.com for info on specials and events.

  1. Various venues
  2. Until Sat Apr 19
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Groove at a roller-skating jam on Saturdays (and Sundays)

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Five days you work / Two whole days to play / Come on, everybody / Wear your roller skates today. If it’s Saturday (or Sunday), you’ll find the Central Park Dance Skaters Association’s skate circle in the heart of the park by a grove of blossoming cherry trees. Bring your own quads—or rent a pair from the Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com; two hours $15, four hours $20, all day $25; includes safety equipment), which is usually parked nearby—and bust a move with people of all ages to disco hits, soul and funk classics, modern R&B, jazzy grooves, and house and dance music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. If you’re not a skater, there’s space to dance without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old-timers get groovy. Beginning in early April, weather permitting.

  1. midpark, (enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St)
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Catch the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival

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For the first time, McNally Jackson Books and Housing Works Bookstore team up to present a day of nontraditional events reflecting their collective vision of the downtown scene. The individual happenings are still taking shape, but they’ll include a reading of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems, a literary walking tour of the area and a lecture pairing books with a proper Scotch. Participants include Lapham’s Quarterly and Tumblr, and the whole day will wrap up with wine and chatting at Housing Works.

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See works by Claes Oldenburg at MoMA

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MoMA showcases immersive environments representing, respectively, the beginnings and high-water mark of the protean Pop Art sculptor's career. The sixth floor gallery hosts The Street and The Store, both products of the early-’60s East Village milieu in which the artist got his start. The later Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing, meanwhile, takes up MomA's second-floor atrium.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sun Apr 14 - Mon Aug 5
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See the Royal Shakespeare Company take on Julius Caesar

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The definitive Shakespearean theater troupe comes to BAM with a new take on the Bard’s great political play, set in modern-day Africa. Featuring an all-black cast, this is the first production helmed by Gregory Doran as artistic director of the RSC. Caesar garnered acclaim for its powerful performances and sense of immediacy when it ran last year in Bill S.’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon; we can’t wait to see this fresh perspective on Brutus, Cassius and the whole stabby gang.

  1. BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton St, between Ashland and Rockwell Pls
  2. Wed Apr 10 - Sun Apr 28
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Lose the troosers for the New York Tartan Day Parade

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Expect bagpipers, pipe bands, drum corps, men in kilts and lots of plaid at this Scottish-themed march, which draws an estimated 3,000 fanatics every year. The event is part of the larger Tartan Week celebrations, which include musical performances, whiskey tastings and parties, from Mar 29 to Apr 9.

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Hang on David Cross' every word

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That low, liquidy sound you hear is comedy nerds across the city frothing at the maw. One of New York’s comedy heroes sits down to talk about everything: The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, Modern Family, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret—and that list doesn't even include stand-up or film. And, in what amounts to the closest we're getting to a Bluth family reunion, Cross's Arrested costar Michael Cera will moderate.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Wed Mar 20
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