Things to do in New York City this spring

Screw Paris—we love NYC in the springtime for its art fairs, outdoor markets, Broadway openings and more. Plan your season with the best of spring in New York.

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Hallelujah! It’s time to shed those winter layers—and lucky for you, there’s no shortage of delightful things to do in New York City this spring. From strolling in the city’s best parksto laughing it up at Gotham's top comedy shows and checking out the newest Broadwayopenings, we have everything you need for a supremely lovely springtime.

Music

Concerts in NYC

Ladycentric pop reigns this spring with performances from new artists and iconic singers alike

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Movies

Hot new movie releases

Get your juices flowing with our list of sizzling spring flicks

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Nightlife

Black Party NYC 2014

Are you truly ready for this year's Black Party?

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Things to Do

LIVE from the NYPL

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Restaurants

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Our spring highlights

Theater

Neil Patrick Harris interview: “You might as well own the spotlight”

Goodbye, ducky tie; hello, heels: The TV star returns to the stage with a primal roar in Hedwig and the Angry Inch When you’ve been wearing nothing but a suit and tie for nine years, what do you put on next? Try a big blond wig and enough glitter to give Kinky Boots a run for its money. Next month, Neil Patrick Harris will wrap nearly a decade as charming lothario Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother and take on his first Broadway role since 2004: the title part in gritty glam-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s tuner follows the fortunes of a transgender rocker who escapes Communist East Germany via a botched sex-change operation (guess why the inch is so angry), comes to America and goes on a quest for self-fulfillment. Hedwig turned heads when it hit the Jane Street Theater in 1998; with Mitchell in the main role, the show won two Obies and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Since then, there’s been a movie, a West End iteration, and countless productions in black boxes and dive bars all over the world—but never on the Great White Way. Until now, in a new version directed by Spring Awakening’s Michael Mayer. So how will this hard-living “slip of a girly-boy” who belts out bangers about disfigured genitalia fare on play-it-safe Broadway? We talked to Harris about stepping into Hedwig’s heels, his transition from TV to stage and his upcoming move to NYC. What made you pick Hedwig for your big return to Broadway?I love the music

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Things to Do

LIVE from the NYPL: The spring's coolest speaker series

Trailblazing writers, directors and thinkers unfold the contents of their brains at this standout reading series If you like books, films and interesting conversations—so yes, that's all of us—you'll want in on LIVE from the NYPL. The semiannual reading series returns to the iconic New York Public Library this spring with a lineup that includes maverick movie director Wes Anderson, cultural commentator and hair icon Malcolm Gladwell, and Generation X author Douglas Coupland. Who said libraries are for squares? The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave at 42nd St (917-275-6975, nypl.org/live). All events at 7pm. $25; members, seniors and students $15. Wes Anderson LIVE from the NYPL director Paul Holdengräber converses with the indie auteur about his trademark quirky style, in anticipation of his new flick, The Grand Budapest Hotel (out Mar 7). Sarah Lewis Failure can be a good thing, according to the author of The Rise, who explains the value of facing challenges despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Malcolm Gladwell The critical-thinking heavyweight (The Tipping Point, David and Goliath) shares his latest obsessions—he’s always got a few—with LIVE from the NYPL director Paul Holdengräber. Katherine Boo and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc Investigative journalist Boo delved into Mumbai’s underworld in Behind the Beautiful Forevers; fellow scribe LeBlanc examined troubled relationships in the Bronx in Random Family. Together, the two (who have both w

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Comedy

The world according to Eddie Izzard

As the comedian embarks on a massive stand-up tour, he offers ten pieces of wisdom on Python, politics and more Eddie Izzard may just be the world’s most ambitious man. Take a look at the evidence: He’s steadily climbed his way from obscurity to become an internationally renowned stand-up, known for his brainy, surreal brand of comedy; fostered a healthy acting career on TV, film and stage; and in 2009, ran 43 marathons in 52 days for charity—with no prior long-distance-running experience. The 52-year-old is now on what may be the most expansive comedy tour of all time with the aptly named Force Majeure, in which he’ll visit 25 countries and perform his act in six different languages. And in six years, he plans to run for mayor of London. Phew! Before he does that, we got the fast-talking, globally minded comic to explain a few things. There’s more than one way to get attention for your work. “If you’re trying to get a bit of noise about what you’re doing—if you’re a huge star, that’s fine, if you look a certain way, that’s fine. Or there’s that old rock & roll thing—smash up the hotel room, that’s another way of doing it. [Laughs] Or, you can try and knock things out of the park by doing gigs in German, French, Russian, Arabic and Spanish, which is my plan.” Comedy knows no borders. “It isn’t difficult for the humor to translate. I have a theory that all humor is human, and not national. It’s the references that are national. This can be proved by everything fr

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"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" at the Anna Wintour Costume Center

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LGBT

The Black Party 2014: How not to make an ass of yourself

Survivors of the annual bacchanal tell you how to make the most out of Rites XXXV: The Black Party Ah, spring: Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the city’s kinkiest scenesters are polishing their leather in anticipation of the fabled Black Party. What began in 1981 as a queer celebration of hedonism is now an institution, drawing thousands of revelers annually. This is your last chance to see the bash in its current iteration: Its longtime home, Roseland Ballroom, will shutter in April. (But never fear—the party will return at a new venue next year.) Here’s what newbies need to know: Avoid prime time, avoid the line Peak arrival time for the shindig is between 2 and 4am. According to Black Party producer Michael Peyton, at 2am it can take about 45 minutes to get in. “Around 4am, another crowd starts to roll in: bartenders, coming in after work,” he says. “And some guys will get up at 6am, have breakfast and come dance on Sunday.” Don’t be a hero Even the heartiest clubland survivors may not last from the party’s start (11pm) to its finish (late afternoon the next day). Stephen Pevner, who owns Black Party production company Saint at Large, recommends you pick a DJ and show up for his or her set. “Choose a portion of the party,” he says, “because you’re never going to make it through the whole thing.” Going with buddies? Have a meet-up plan. “At my first Black Party, I was totally blown away by the size of the venue and number of people,” recalls attendee Antho

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Five awesome new amenities coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 (slide show)

The popular waterfront green space is getting picnic tables, shuffleboard courts and other upgrades we’re excited about

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Movies

Hot new movie releases to warm up with this spring

Get your juices flowing with Time Out New York’s list of sizzling spring flicks In the mood for love this springtime? We've rounded up some of the season's sexiest and most romantic films, from the buzzed-about Nymphomaniac: Volume I to star-studded rom-com The Other Woman. Check out our picks and grab a seat at one of New York’s best movie theaters for some saucy springtime action. The best films now showing Child's Pose This hard-hitting Romanian melodrama about a socialite trying to win back the affections of her adult son features a stunning performance from Luminita Gheorghiu. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me The Broadway diva known for a salty tongue and for singing Sondheim gets a tough but highly entertaining doc portrait. Everybody rise! Je T'aime Je T'aime An emotionally damaged man travels into his past (and can’t get out) in Alain Resnais’s melancholy and masterful sci-fi romance. Nymphomaniac: Volume I Don’t even pretend you’re not interested in Lars von Trier’s latest—a two-part epic about voracious sexual addiction, the “silent duck” (look it up), effeminate cake forks and all sorts of other crazy bedroom practices. The first chapter, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and the boldly exposed Stacy Martin, is more playful than the second half. Under the Skin We went without seeing Scarlett Johansson in Her; it’s good to have her back in the flesh in the spooky, stirring latest from director Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast), in which ScarJo

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Music

Showdown! Miley vs. Lorde

Peruse our primer on two of the most discussed (and diametrically opposed) women in music right now, both hitting town this spring Popular concerts this week Mingus Big Band The city’s hardest-working big band holds forth in Gramercy, serving up Charles Mingus’s unique combination of lofty ambition and bluesy holy-roller soul. Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake isn’t the smoothest when it comes to between-song banter, but that’s the only thing you might find lacking in his current big-box 20/20 Experience tour. A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra’s swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of peak Michael Jackson, making magic night after night with a crack big band. Winter Antifolk Festival The East Village’s Sidewalk Café has been a haven for artists working the margins of New York music for close to 30 years now. Randomly dropping by can be risky: Not every performer is the world’s next Beck (to cite one artist who rose through antifolk’s ranks). A smart time to pop in is during the Antifolk Festival, which takes over the club for a week or so every February. This year's slew of performers includes Larkin Grimm (Feb 22), Jason Trachtenburg (Feb 23), A Brief View of the Hudson (Feb 27) and Debe Dalton (Feb 28). Check sidewalkny.com for the complete lineup. Earl Sweatshirt While Tyler, the Creator emerged as the poster boy for L.A. alt-hip-hop force Odd Future, it was Earl Sweatshirt—a drawly, gangly crony three years Tyler’s junior—who seemed like the purest em

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Unmissable spring events in NYC

Music

The best spring concerts

Ladycentric pop reigns this spring with performances from new artists and iconic singers alike Once spring rolls around, you've likely had your fill of winter's brooding, reflective tunes. Tune in to some concerts in NYC with this spring's concert calendar that is all about the communal dance party, with a soundtrack by an unstoppable lineup of pop-savvy females. Check out the first big NYC headlining shows by recent Grammy winner and 2013 breakout sensation Lorde; a two-night stand by blockbuster L.A. sister act Haim; a trio of area gigs by that risqué wrecking ball herself, Miley Cyrus; and even an appearance from iconic belter Cher. If all that wasn't cool enough, we've got a run of super-intimate xx gigs coming up too. We'll see you out and about! Popular concerts this week Mingus Big Band The city’s hardest-working big band holds forth in Gramercy, serving up Charles Mingus’s unique combination of lofty ambition and bluesy holy-roller soul. Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake isn’t the smoothest when it comes to between-song banter, but that’s the only thing you might find lacking in his current big-box 20/20 Experience tour. A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra’s swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of peak Michael Jackson, making magic night after night with a crack big band. Winter Antifolk Festival The East Village’s Sidewalk Café has been a haven for artists working the margins of New York music for close to 30 years now. Randomly dropping by can be r

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Shopping and style

Essential New York shopping events

Look sharp! It's time to revamp your wardrobe with our list of stylish shopping events in NYC It's time to ditch that winter coat—at last!—and get yourself to one of this spring’s best shopping events. Whether you want to browse a market or be pampered at one of the city’s best lounges during Spa Week, Time Out has the list of the best things to do in New York City to get you looking and feeling truly chic this spring. Northern Grade NYC x GQ This traveling pop-up bazaar, featuring American-manufactured men’s goods from 25 to 30 indie brands, is finally making its way to the East Coast (previous markets were held in San Francisco, Nashville and Chicago). For their first Brooklyn assembly, Minnesota cofounders—and designers of outerwear label Pierrepont Hicks (pierreponthicks.com)—Kat and Mac McMillan are hooking up with GQ to add a dash of cool-guy savvy. Expect a craft cocktail bar by Vinegar Hill House and complimentary grooming services by Fellow Barber. Minneapolis DJ Jonathan Ackerman will be spinning beats as shoppers browse duds from designers such as Almond Surfboards & Designs, Taylor Stitch, and Rancourt & Co. • 718-666-3049, northerngrade.com. Noon–7pm. Pier Antique Show Nearly 500 dealers will be in attendance at this comprehensive vintage show, housed inside Pier 94. Browse 133,000 square feet of home goods, baubles and fashion from the 18th century through the ’80s. Don’t miss Fashion Alley, featuring 40 sellers hawking unique clothing and accessories fro

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Dance

Spring dance shows

Spring dance showcases some of the best things to do in New York City, from French experimentation to the finest in ballet If you're looking for things to do in New York City, dance comes to the rescue with dueling Lincoln Center seasons featuring both American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet—including the return of Justin Peck's wonderful Year of the Rabbit—as well as Danse: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas. It's time for a thaw, and spring dance will be fresher than ever. Faye Driscoll Driscoll's Thank You for Coming—created with the performers Giulia Carotenuto, Sean Donovan, Alicia Ohs, Brandon Washington and Nikki Zialcita, and designers Nick Vaughan, Jake Margolin and Amanda K. Ringger—reflects on the experience and event of performance. In the piece, the collaborators draw from dance ritual throughout time and genre, from cultural ceremony to story ballets, all while questioning dances influence and influences, including the role of the audience. Paul Taylor Dance Company Taylor is the last living modern-dance legend of the 20th century, and he's still going strong. For his troupe's three-week New York season, the company's transcendent dancers perform two new works, as well as a repertory classics, including rare sightings of Fibers, Private Domain and Dust, and favorites such as Esplanade, Cloven Kingdom and Arden Court. The Mar 13 gala showcases New York City Ballet principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in an excerpt from Airs. O

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LGBT

The city's best LGBT events

There's no shortage of LGBT things to do in New York City this spring, from top-notch late-night cabaret shows to the final Black Party at Roseland Spring in New York offers plenty of things to do in New York City for LGBT folks. This season, you can schedule a romantic date night with the boys of Well-Strung, splurge for a good cause at Broadway Backwards or get debaucherous at the last Black Party at Roseland. Before you know it, Pride Month will be here, and the party really gets started. The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret Hirsute, Philadelphia-based drag queen (the creation of Pig Iron Theatre Company cofounder Dito van Reigersberg) Martha Graham Cracker and her band return to NYC for more rolicking alt-cabaret shenanigans. Well-Strung This extremely charming singing string quartet has spent the last year playing all over the country, and even a few overseas gigs. Be sure to catch them at this increasingly rare hometown gig, where they'll find the common ground between Mozart and Ke$ha, among other great composers. Horse Meat Disco Josh Wood Productions brings the disco daddies of Horse Meat Disco all the way from the South London headquarters of the Eagle for a night of sweaty fun. This time, they're here to kick off Black Party Weekend, so be prepared for an especially wild (and extra gay) scene at Cielo. The International Escort Awards Better known as the Hookies, this annual awards show kicks off Black Party Weekend by honoring the top (and bottom…) male sex worke

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Spring book readings and talks

Book nerds seeking things to do in New York City this season, take heed: Favorite authors' new stories and tributes to classic tales fill the 2014 spring schedule Like most Bookworms, you've been cloistered indoors at the best bookstores or keeping warm by the fireplace all winter, and are now in need of things to do in New York City. Thankfully, there's a lot happening: Much-loved short-story writer Lydia Davis has a new collection, and the darkly witty Edward St. Aubyn will be visiting from the U.K. alongside Edna O'Brien. Neil Gaiman presents some of his favorite stories, Katherine Boo talks about the years she spent in Mumbai so she could write Behind the Beautiful Forevers, and the city comes together to celebrate James Baldwin. Most popular events this week La Soirée La Soirée. Union Square Theatre (see Off Broadway). With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs. One intermission. La Soirée: In brief The team behind the 2006 Spiegeltent spectacular Absinthe returns to New York with another sexy razzle-dazzle of cabaret, vaudeville and neoburlesque. Performers include stars of the acclaimed troupe La Clique. La Soirée: Theater review by Adam Feldman [Note: The lineup of acts has changed since this review was written. The English Gents, Stephen "Bath Boy" Williams and Mooky Cornish are now joined by performers including Cabaret Decadanse, Marawa and Scotty the Blue Bunny.] Spice is the life of variety in the delectable La Soirée, a saucy revue that punches up neocircus, comed

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Comedy

The best spring comedy

In need of some great comedy this spring? Laugh from March til May at stand-up shows featuring new faces, beloved personalities and more. As Gotham begins to thaw, shake off the cobwebs and head out to one of the city's upcoming comedy shows. Among the best stand-up comedy in NYC this spring is to see multilingual international superstar Eddie Izzard, sit down with the godfather of heartwarming (but honest) family stories Bill Cosby and spend an entire weekend with rocketing young local star Michael Che. Whether the show is in Staten Island, Manhattan or Brooklyn, make plans now before tickets are gone. Popular comedy events this week NPR's Ask Me Another Attend a live taping of this NPR radio show hosted by comedian Ophira Eisenberg. A typical program features trivia, brainteasers, music from guitarist Jonathan Coulton and special guests. Canuck Cabaret Queer comic Paul Hutcheson returns to NYC from his home in that vast nation to our north as part of the Frigid New York festival. His cohorts and "honorary Canadians" for these late-night shows include CJ Sawchyn, Fay Slift, Light Fires, Mike Albo, the Swimming Pools, Ben Lerman and Kristen Becker. David Koechner You already know this comic as the quintessentially obnoxious Todd Packer on The Office and brash sportscaster Champ Kind from the Anchorman movies. His stand-up is just as bold as his onscreen personas, but tends to feature a good deal more self-reflection. Koechner’s routines mine his past for material (he grew up

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Nightlife

The best nightlife

It's time to celebrate the end of winter! Night owls, check out our list of NYC nightlife and start dancing. In honor of spring's arrival we’ve rounded up some of the city’s best parties. Top DJs like Detroit's Scott Grooves will have you dancing, but if risqué is more your bag, head to the Asian Burlesque Spectacular for some tantalizing views. The Bunker: Voices from the Lake + Portable The Bunker is back at Output for another night of underground electronics—and joy of joys, the gang is bringing back the duo Voices from the Lake for a six-hour set in the main room. The music of Donato Dozzy and his fellow Italian producer Neel is carefully composed, warm and flowing; anybody who caught the pair's last DJ-live hybrid set at the Bunker will know not to miss this return visit. Top support comes courtesy of Clay Wilson and Bunker boss man Bryan Kasenic. Süd Electronic label honcho Alan "Portable" Abrahams, the man also known as Bodycode, plays his beautiful, slightly odd deep house and techno in the club's Panther Room, with Mike Servito and Wreck's Wrecked's? Ryan Smith and Ron Like Hell opening. Rinsed: Ejeca + South London Ordnance You might think that the Rinsed gang would be content to rest on its laurels after its recent third-birthday extravaganza—but no siree, that's not the way these kids roll. Take tonight's secret-location bash, for instance: Northern Ireland's Ejeca is an expert at producing current-clubland-defining house music with an early-’90s vibe—some of

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Restaurants

The best food and drink events this spring

This spring, celebrate craft beer, Asian street food and the country's best chefs with our list of things to do in New York City Some of New York's biggest food and drink events kick off this spring: a star-studded gala for the country's best restaurants, celebrations for the best beer and Asian food in NYC, and, of course, Time Out New York's own Food & Drink Awards. Get your tickets before they're snapped up! Most popular in Food & Drink 100 best New York restaurants From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newcomers courting the food-world cognoscenti, these are the 100 best New York restaurants you need to know about right now. Most popular in Restaurants The NoMad In the golden age of robber baron New York—we’re talking turn of the last century—there were hotel restaurants like the NoMad all across the city, their grand dining rooms buzzing with beau monde patrons morning till night. The recent return of the all-day hotel clubhouse began with hip reinventions of the form at the Standard, Ace and Gramercy Park Hotels. But the NoMad, with its rich mahogany bar and dining rooms shrouded in red velvet curtains, is our first truly opulent throwback. The luxurious setting, flawless service, and preponderance of foie gras and truffles call to mind an haute cuisine titan like Jean-Georges Vongerichten or Daniel Boulud. But with its fashionable crowd and cool, voluptuous vibe—the decor is by hot Parisian designer Jacques Garcia—there are clearly some young Turks behind the wheel

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Theater

The best New York theater

Love Broadway and looking for a great show this spring? Here are some of the hottest tickets. For theater fans in New York City, spring is an exciting time. A new year brings new plays, musicals and revivals, and many of them—at least on the Great White Way—make sure to open for Tony Award consideration. Of course, it’s not just Broadway where the action is: There are many exciting shows Off Broadway and downtown. But if you’re searching for the best New York shows and want to know what tickets are worth your cash, check out our short list below. All the Way Former TV meth overlord Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) gets back to his stage roots in this Washington drama set in the 1960s. Cranston takes on the swaggering role of President Lyndon B. Johnson, fighting to pass his landmark civil rights bill. Bill Rauch directs the Robert Schenkkan piece. Bullets Over Broadway Woody Allen's 1994 period comedy about gangsters, playwrights and the Great White Way becomes the musical it was always destined to be. This stage adaptation features a book by Allen and Douglas McGrath and direction and choreography by the peerless Susan Stroman (The Producers). The tunes are jazz standards from the 1920s. Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie star. Les Misérables A 16-year original run, a 2006 revival and a megahit movie clearly can't quell the French fighting spirit. Cameron Mackintosh brings his global phenomenon back to the Great White Way, in a reconceived staging that stars Ramin Karimloo, Will

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Art

Spring art events

Art lovers, get your planners poised with our elegantly curated list of must-see exhibitions in Gotham this spring Prepare for an offering of thrilling art events this springtime. Whether you're a fan of niche art spaces or major NYC museums, we've got you covered with our roundup of spring art events that includes artist Robert Heinecken’s pioneering photography collages at MoMA and the return of groundbreaking contemporary arts fest Frieze New York. "Other Primary Structures" Nearly 50 years after its groundbreaking 1966 exhibition, "Primary Structures"—widely considered to be the first ever museum survey of Minimalist sculpture—the Jewish Museum presents this revisionist version of the show. While the original featured American and British artists, the current lineup draws from countries that were largely ignored by the art world at the time, such as Argentina, Pakistan, Poland and the former Yugoslavia. Though obviously organized from a 21st-century globalist perspective, the exhibit reveals just how quickly cutting-edge ideas spread back then, while also offering a fascinating glimpse at the way history is written and rewritten. "Robert Heinecken: Object Matter" Heinecken (1931–2006) was a pioneering artist in two respects: as a member of Los Angeles's contemporary art scene from the late 1950s onward, and as one of the first photographers to deconstruct the medium. His tools ranged from collage to rephotography (that is, photographing an extant photograph, a techni

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Things to Do

Things to do this spring

Mark your calendar with our top picks for places to go and things to do in New York City this spring About time to end your winter hibernation, isn't it? Spring is on the horizon—things are blooming, presumably, and New York is a tulip of possibility. In terms of things to do in New York City (thingamabobs, you could say), we've got plenty. The season's offerings include a newly revamped Brooklyn Bridge Park, edifying talks at the New York Public Library and two museum debuts honoring a pair of New York fashion icons (those would be Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham). LIVE from the NYPL: The spring's coolest speaker series If you like books, films and interesting conversations—so yes, that's all of us—you'll want in on LIVE from the NYPL. The semiannual reading series returns to the iconic New York Public Library this spring with a lineup that includes maverick movie director Wes Anderson, cultural commentator and hair icon Malcolm Gladwell, and Generation X author Douglas Coupland. Who said libraries are for squares? "Bill Cunningham: Facades" In 1968, the legendary New York Times photographer set out to explore the idea of fashion as cultural history in a photo essay titled "Facades." More than 40 years later, 88 original prints from the project—featuring elaborate vintage attire culled from thrift shops and modeled in front of iconic NYC locations—offer as much insight into fashion as they do to Cunningham himself. Broo

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Events by month

Things to Do

New York events in April

Plan your month with our events calendar, including Miley Cyrus and the New York City Ballet New York's biggest events by month February This month's highlights include New York City Beer Week, Winter Olympics 2014 and Valentine's Day SEE WHAT'S ON IN FEBRUARY March Treats in March include the International Escort Awards, Night of a Thousand Gowns and the Oscars 2014.SEE WHAT'S ON IN MARCH April Miley Cyrus, a new season from the New York City Ballet and the Hayden Planetarium Space Show.SEE WHAT'S ON IN APRIL Let spring sweep you up in its lovely embrace, with such romantic delights as a new season from the New York City Ballet and, er, the Miley Cyrus show. There's even something for hay-fever sufferers, who can make a beeline for the cool, dark confines of the Hayden Planetarium Space Show. Popular events this week Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe The newest addition to AMNH's Hayden Planetarium launches you on an astronomical adventure—from Jupiter's atmosphere to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, where Edwin Hubble first discovered other galaxies. Learn how dark matter (a.k.a. invisible matter) and dark energy (the force that accelerates the universe's expansion) shape outer space, and follow scientists on their journey to unearth cosmological mysteries. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates. Annual Hot Chocolate Festival Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate, courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury R

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New York events in May

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Neil Gaiman and Eddie Izzard New York's biggest events by month February This month's highlights include New York City Beer Week, Winter Olympics 2014 and Valentine's Day SEE WHAT'S ON IN FEBRUARY March Treats in March include the International Escort Awards, Night of a Thousand Gowns and the Oscars 2014.SEE WHAT'S ON IN MARCH April Miley Cyrus, a new season from the New York City Ballet and the Hayden Planetarium Space Show.SEE WHAT'S ON IN APRIL Spring is in full swing and there’s no shortage of outstanding events in NYC this May. Take in the cityscape and all the greenery by participating in this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Literary enthusiasts can snap up tickets to An Evening with Neil Gaiman, where the scribe will be sharing various short stories. And if you’d rather tickle your funny bone this spring, check out Brit comic Eddie Izzard on his world tour Force Majeure. Popular events this week Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe The newest addition to AMNH's Hayden Planetarium launches you on an astronomical adventure—from Jupiter's atmosphere to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, where Edwin Hubble first discovered other galaxies. Learn how dark matter (a.k.a. invisible matter) and dark energy (the force that accelerates the universe's expansion) shape outer space, and follow scientists on their journey to unearth cosmological mysteries. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson narra

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Major spring event guides

Things to Do

Mother's Day ideas: What to do with Mom in NYC for Mother's Day

Browse a range of Mother's Day ideas, including parent-friendly restaurants and the best spots to buy Mother's Day gifts. You can do better than a dozen carnations this year to show your mom how much you love her and how well you know her. After all, she brought you into the world; the least you can do is show your appreciation (and maybe call her more). Check out these Mother's Day ideas for inspiration on where to eat, what to do and how to spoil the most important lady you know. Time Out Offers | Mother's Day ideas Exclusive from Tate's Bake Shop This Mother's Day, give that special someone an assortment of decadent bars or crispy, buttery cookies, plus a hardcover copy of Baking for Friends. Flowers from 1-800-Flowers.com Wow Mom on her special day with a $30 credit for just $15 to spend on your choice of flowers and gifts delivered straight to her door. Fatty Sundays chocolate covered pretzels The ultimate gift for the chocoholic in your life, these goodies are colorful, seasonal and taste just as good as they look. Custom-made book by SouvenarteBooks Turn your child's artwork into a one-of-a-kind gift for Mom with a professionally printed 20-page coffee-table book from SouvenarteBooks. Mother's Day ideas Mother’s Day gifts locally made in New York City Shop these unique Mother’s Day gifts produced in New York City, and support local artists and designers. 100 best gift shops Use our lists of the best stores by neighborhood and stop schlepping all over town. Chocola

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Things to Do

Memorial Day weekend

Get the most out of Memorial Day 2013 with our handy guide to holiday events. We list the best spots to BBQ, sunbathe and commemorate war heroes; as well as easy weekend getaways. There's no need to wait for the summer solstice, we're celebrating the unofficial start to summer in New York with Memorial Day 2013. Here are the best events, beaches, parks, memorials, concerts, vacation spots and other things to do throughout the three-day weekend. Things to do on Memorial Day 2013 10 best parks in New York City Take advantage of spring's warmer temperatures at ten of New York City's best public parks. New York City is full of public parks—in fact, nearly 14 percent of the city is covered in green spaces. But some of these verdant spots stand out above the rest. Here, we've rounded up ten of our favorite New York City parks—pack a picnic basket and hunker down for an afternoon, or simply lace up your sneakers and take a walk. Brooklyn Bridge Park Some city parks—Central and Prospect, most obviously—were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular in the almost three years since it debuted. The project has transformed a chunk of the Brooklyn waterfront into a nearly 85-acre expanse; several sections house unique attractions such as Jane’s Carousel, a restored 1920s merry-go-round, and riverside esplanades with gorgeous Manhattan views. Pier 5, the first part of the park des

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Fleet Week NYC 2013: CANCELLED

Find out where to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces during Fleet Week (May 23–30), and see photos from past Fleet Week celebrations. Fleet Week in pictures Photos: Fleet Week (2012) Photos: Fleet Week (2011) Photos: The Poetry Brothel Fleet Week (2011) Photos: Fleet Week Parade of Ships (2011) Photos: Fleet Week (2010) Photos: Fleet Week (2010) Photos: Fleet Week (2010) Photos: Fleet Week (2009) Related Fleet Week coverage Where to toast a sailor during Fleet Week Q: Where can I toast a sailor during Fleet Week?—Abby Berman, Harlem A: Our boys (and girls) in the Navy aren’t so different from civilian tourists—they flock to Times Square to get their kicks when they descend on the city for Fleet Week (through Wed 30). Maritime-themed Rum House (228 W 47th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 212-869-3005) welcomes sailors into the port with drink specials (a buck off drafts and $6.75 well drinks) for guzzlers in uniform. Former serviceman David Sheeran offers seafarers a dollar-off deal on any drink at his midtown pub, Dave’s Tavern (574 Ninth Ave between 41st and 42nd Sts, 212-244-4408), while at Bull Moose Saloon (354 W 44th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 212-956-5625), his bar and restaurant, service folk eat for half price. Looking for the perfect bar? E-mail us at barhop@timeoutny.com. You might also like The 50 greatest war films of all time Fall in for TONY's list of mighty military movies. What better way to honor the sacrifice of Memoria

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Spring in New York: Things to Do

Things to Do

101 things to do in the spring

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. Is that a balmy breeze we feel? A blossom we see on that tree? If you’re looking for things to do in the spring, check out our packed list of events and happenings to thaw you out, whether you want to attend the season's best festivals like Sakura Matsuri, browse the wares at Hester Street Fair or find an outdoor volleyball court to spike a ball in honor of Top Gun Day. We hope our list of things to do in the spring keeps you busy from March onward, whether you find yourself in the throes of April showers or May flowers. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Chow down at Smorgasburg The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the walled-in, open-air Tobacco Warehouse through the summer. The 2013 iteration features returning vendors such as comfort-food maestro Buttermilk Channel, offering its beloved fried chicken and cheddar waffles. Welcome newbies like Vermont’s Rockville Market Farm, peddling breakfast gorditas ($5) with farm-made sausage, eggs, butternut-squash hot sauce and Shelburne Farms cheddar wrapped in a double tortilla; they’ll also be hawking farm-fresh eggs by the carton ($5 for a dozen). Last year saw the debut of Smorgasbar, an all-weather outdoor bar within the m

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NYC street fairs guide 2013

This season's street festivals and parades. Cinco de Mayo at Grand Central Fair 43rd St between Lexington and Third Aves (nycstreetfairs.com). Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central. 10am–4pm. Crafts on Columbus Columbus Ave from 77th to 81st Sts. Subway: B, C to 72nd St. For three weekends, shop 100 different brands of artist and designer goods, including handmade candles, quilts and silk clothing. Standouts include Ossi Hats Etc. NY mixed-media toppers ($225), Handbags by Daphne colorful purses ($69) and Carlos Silva/Centuries Clayworks framed mini ceramic teapots ($76). Brooklyn Flea It’s that time of year when the grass defrosts and the Brooklyn Flea comes back outside in Fort Greene on Saturdays and Williamsburg on Sundays. Keep an eye out for Trees and Nails’ salvaged-wood kitchenwear ($30–$200) and wool cat sculptures by artist Mihaeko ($60–$200). Stop by Saraz Closet’s table to nab a ’90s Betsey Johnson swing skirt ($88) and an ’80s Pucci cropped silk jacket ($220). Foodies, take note: Both locations feature a dizzying array of edibles, from Fine and Raw coconut chunky bonbons ($7) to Porchetta chicory salad with garlic dressing ($6). Smorgasburg The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the walled-in, open-air Tobacco Warehouse through the summer. The 2013 iteration features returning vendors such as

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New York's best festivals: The city's top parades, fairs and fetes

Whether you're a cinéaste, a foodie or just looking for a good party, check out our rundown of NYC's best festivals. Each week we sort through New York City's events in fashion, film, food, nightlife and theater to find the best festivals in the five boroughs. From street-shuttering parades to blow-out parties to eye-catching art fairs, we collect the biggest celebrations happening in town. Winter Stinky Cheese Festival Indulge in olfactory pleasures at this yearly dairy bacchanalia. French spots like L’Express and Marseille offer more than 20 cheeses on curdcentric menus during the ten-day event. True rind addicts should snag a spot at the fromage fest’s kickoff at 404 Event Space, where all nine participating restaurants will offer their top delights—such as blue-cheese ice cream—paired with craft libations. Visit tourdefrancenyc.com for more information. New York's best festivals: The city's top parades, fairs and fetes Whether you're a cinéaste, a foodie or just looking for a good party, check out our rundown of NYC's best festivals. Each week we sort through New York City's events in fashion, film, food, nightlife and theater to find the best festivals in the five boroughs. From street-shuttering parades to blow-out parties to eye-catching art fairs, we collect the biggest celebrations happening in town. Winter Stinky Cheese Festival Indulge in olfactory pleasures at this yearly dairy bacchanalia. French spots like L’Express and Marseille offer more than 20 che

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Spring's 20 best outdoor activities

Hello, sunshine! Hello, cookouts! Hello, parades! Hello, walks! Hello, flowers in bloom! Hi, this spring’s essential outdoor activities, nice to meet you. Stow that duvet-down coat, it’s time to take a stroll in the fresh air during the Goldilocks of seasons (i.e., not too hot, not too cold). We’ve found 20 essential outdoor activities for you to enjoy, such as a new spot to have a park barbecue in Brooklyn, and where to try free yoga, tai chi, kayaking and art in Long Island City. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5 This new five-acre development opened in December, and we’re predicting that its Picnic Peninsula will be one of this season’s hottest hangs, with its views of lower Manhattan, reclaimed-wood tables and 22 barbecue grills (no permit required). It also boasts two tetherball poles at its northern end—a backyard pastime that’s overdue for a kickball- or cornhole-like resurgence. The quay’s other draws include fishing stations and three 200,000-square-foot synthetic-turf fields suitable for soccer, lacrosse, cricket, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and more. Spring permits for the sports grounds are all taken, so join a group such as BBP’s soccer league (Wed 7–11pm; Wed 6–May 29; $130) if you want to get cleats on the green. You can apply now for a summer permit (June–Aug; $25) at https://nyceventpermits.nyc.gov/bbp; fall permits (Sept–Nov; $25) will be available starting May 1. Free. Visit 5 Pointz The Institute of Higher Burni

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Spring bars

Bars

The best bars for any forecast: Where to drink in rain or shine

The joys of spring are many, but predictable weather isn’t one of them. We’ve picked the best spring bars that facilitate good times, no matter the temperature. Take a look at the weekly forecast in the coming months, and you’re likely to see anything from perfectly sunny skies to torrential downpours. The upside is that there are spring bars for every possible scenario. Hunker down with cheap cocktails on a gloomy day, then sip craft beer on an alfresco patio when the thermostat rises. Cold and rainy Cienfuegos This whimsical punch bar—sister to scene-stealers Gin Palace and Amor y Amargo—brightens dreary days with its Havana-style teal walls, regal white armchairs and impressive rum selection. It’s hard to go wrong when ordering, but try the ti’ punch, a classic island drink made simply with rhum agricole, cane syrup and lime ($14), or a superlative dark and stormy ($14). Fantasize about island living while sipping the Honey Badger Punch, which plays up Cuba’s duality of sweet and spicy, and wait out the deluge. The Wayland Fashionistas, plaid-clad hipsters and buttoned-up professionals all share space in this Alphabet City hangout, relaxing in an airy atmosphere amid agrarian kitsch. To pull through the final days of winter, hunker down at a communal farmtable nestled in the window nook and order one of Madam Geneva alum Jason Mendenhall’s creations. We like the deceptively healthy-tasting Garden Variety Margarita ($11), a vibrant green quencher crafted with blue-aga

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New bars for spring: The hottest openings for warm-weather drinks

These five new bars lead the way among the best spring bars, with well-crafted seasonal drinks and easygoing clientele. We keep a close eye on recent openings here at Time Out, and right now, we’re particularly excited about these five new bars. From a democratic cocktail den launched by some of the city’s best bartenders to a game-changing craft-beer bar, they’re among the best spring bars because have boozehounds of all stripes covered. You might also like Places to drink all day Start tippling and stay awhile. AbileneLike the appearance of spring's first robin, the sight of tables and lawn chairs outside this Carroll Gardens fave is a sure sign that lazy, laid-back afternoons are once again on the way. Order a basket of pulled pork ($8) and cheese fries ($6) or nachos ($7) while kicking everyone's ass at Connect Four, refilling often with pints of Brooklyn Lager ($5). When temperatures drop in the evening, move your gang inside and park on one of the well-loved, mismatched couches, and continue to party into the wee hours. 442 Court St at 3rd Pl (718-522-6900). Daily 11am--4am. Blind Tiger Ale HouseThe menu at Blind Tiger—an eclectic hideaway on a trendy stretch of Bleecker Street—is what makes it a blue-ribbon standard for all-day drinking. Choose from 30-plus varieties of American-craft, Belgian and cask ale on tap. People-watch through the tall windows while nursing a Nebraska IPA ($6.50). Snag a table early—and order bowl of beanless boar chili ($9)—for a calm, c

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Five spring beers: Fresh brews for warm-weather drinking

Whether you drink it at home or at the city’s best spring bars, cracking open a cold beer is super satisfying. Start with one of these newly bottled releases. When you’d rather kick it at home rather than one of the city’s best spring bars, hit up New York’s best beer stores to procure one of these recently launched brews. Game of Thrones fans can sip a blond ale from Brewery Ommegang, and indecisive drinkers can sample two limited releases in Saranac’s dozen pack, but there’s plenty of variety all around. You might also like Weird beer ingredients: Ten brews featuring offbeat elements Get funky with one of these experimental brews, which highlight unusual beer ingredients (oysters, doughnuts) for a surprising but satisfying sip. RECOMMENDED: This year’s guide to the best beer in NYC Joshua M. Bernstein is the editor of the recently released iPhone app Craft Beer New York. You might also like 50 best New York bars From dives to cocktail dens and craft-brew havens to wine haunts, here are the best New York bars to visit right this second. New York City is a nightlife capital, with some of the bars in the country clustered around bustling neighborhoods like the East Village and Williamsburg. Whether you favor craft brews or serious cocktails; a beer-and-shot special or a transporting glass of wine, NYC has a game-changing bar to slake your thirst. To narrow down the options, we’ve compiled this list of the 50 best bars in New York City right now. From hot new b

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Five spring cocktails: Great warm-weather tipples at bars in NYC

It’s time to lighten up: Clear spirits and fresh produce—from berries to vegetables—are popping up at the city’s best spring bars. Seasonality permeates menus across New York City, including those at the best spring bars. Bartenders utilize a vernal bounty, sometimes even culled from local greenmarkets. Order up one of these TONY-approved tipples, or ask the pros about what ingredients are freshest. You might also like Foraged cocktails: New York's latest booze fad The found-ingredient trend—seen in cutting-edge kitchens around the world—crosses over to the bar, with roots, berries and leaves going into the mixing glass. The fervor for woodland foraging in modern cuisine—a practice pioneered by Spain’s avant-garde gastronomical mecca Mugaritz and popularized by New Nordic destinations like Denmark’s Noma—has spread like brush fire. In the U.S., it was once a pastime only for eccentrics like naturalist Steve “Wildman” Brill (famously arrested for eating a Central Park dandelion), but the movement has reached the upper echelons of New York dining, with five-star highfliers like Daniel and Eleven Madison Park employing greenery combed from forest floors. But the world has Gotham to thank for a new innovation on the fad, appropriate for the city that never sleeps: Barkeeps are going boozy with the hunter-gatherer-style ingredients, spinning them into shoots-and-leaves tipples.Pro forager Evan Strusinski—who collects wild, edible plants for top kitchens such as Gramercy

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Spring fashion

Shopping and style

The best dresses and skirts for spring 2013

We’ve rounded up all the latest fashion basics and found the best dresses and skirts for spring in every shape and style, at every price point. Shop for the best dresses and skirts in the season's top styles, including maxi dresses, printed frocks and microminis. There are affordable picks for less than $100 from dress-packed stores like Gap and Zara, plus splurgeworthy buys from Parker—sold at a boutique on Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn—and Lauren Moffatt. Follow Rachel LeWinter on Twitter: @Rachel_LeWinter You might also like Best shoes for women spring 2013: sneakers, pumps and sandals Shop for the latest spring styles with our roundup of the best shoes for women this spring. Find sneakers, pumps, sandals and wedges—many under $100. We’ve rounded up the best shoes for women this spring. Browse the season's top styles, including flats, sneakers, pumps, sandals and wedges. There are plenty of shoes that cost less than $100 from brands such as Old Navy and Steve Madden, as well as high-fashion footwear from labels including Loeffler Randall and United Nude. Find more of the top shoes for women in this season’s trends inspired by pop, indie and classical music. Follow Cristina Velocci on Twitter: @cvelocci You might also like Best jackets and cardigans for women spring 2013 Shop for the latest spring styles with our roundup of the best jackets and cardigans for women, including denim jackets, blazers, hoodies and trench coats. We’ve rounded up the bes

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Best jackets and cardigans for men this spring 2013

Shop for the best jackets and cardigans for men. Find blazers, cardigans and trench coats in spring 2013’s best styles—many for less than $100. We’ve rounded up the best jackets and cardigans for men so you’ll be ready for spring in New York. Browse the season's top styles, including trench coats, cashmere cardigans, bomber jackets, blazers and denim styles. There are plenty of jackets and cardigans that cost less than $100, from chain-store brands such as Uniqlo, Element and Zara, as well as high-end finds from Plectrum by Ben Sherman and Keds at Opening Cermony in Soho. RECOMMENDED: Spring fashion trends 2013 Follow Elizabeth Denton on Twitter: @elizabethann1 You might also like Best shoes for men spring 2013: sneakers, boots and dress shoes Shop for the latest spring styles with our roundup of the best shoes for men. Find sneakers, loafers, dress and casual shoes—many under $100. We’ve rounded up the spring's best shoes for men. Browse the season's top styles, including sneakers, loafers, oxfords and boat shoes. There are plenty of pairs that cost under $100 from budget-friendly brands such as Aldo, Converse and Topman, as well as higher-end footwear from labels including Camper and Vince Camuto. Find more of the top shoes for men in this season’s trends inspired by hip-hop and country music, or browse the goods at these independent sneaker stores, purveyors of dress shoes and resources for big- and small- shoes. Follow Cristina Velocci on Twitter: @cvelocci Yo

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Spring market news: When our favorite fleas and fairs return

Find out when the Brooklyn Flea moves back outside and Hester returns, as well at least two new additions with our roundup of spring market news. We’re partial to a good holiday market, but nothing beats the thrill of rummaging for a find at one of New York’s alfresco flea markets. The spring market scene has kicked into gear already, with Artists & Fleas pop-up at Chelsea Market. Then in April, the Brooklyn Flea leaves its digs at Skylight Hanson and sets up in Fort Greene on Saturday and the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday. Then in May, Hester Street Fair sets up on the Lower East Side and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar begins it first warm-weather run. Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market 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. Brooklyn Flea The Sunday Williamsburg location moves a few blocks down to the East River State Park this year, and there will be some new faces among the 140 stalls, including Positive Space Design, which sells architectural salvage and antiques ($15–$1,500). Also dro

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Spring in New York: Food & Drink

Restaurants

New restaurants in NYC for spring 2013: Five forthcoming hot spots

From ventures by established chefs to the return of a hometown hero, these are the new restaurants in NYC everyone will be talking about this spring. Check out our picks of the five most-anticipated new restaurants in NYC. Between now and May, plan to check out exciting new additions to the categories of Italian restaurants, ramen restaurants and casual American. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Alder Wylie Dufresne, the brains behind LES trailblazer wd~50, brings his mad-scientist moxie to the gastropub, just before his famous restaurant’s tenth anniversay in April. The 56-seat East Village den Alder will serve innovative reimaginings of casual American plates (clam chowder with oyster crackers made of actual oysters, Caesar salad transformed into bite-size mackerel nigiri) and craft cocktails (a Pimm’s cup stirred with pine-infused rum). The restaurant takes its moniker from the Old English form of Ellery, his daughter’s name. Early March. The Lobster Club Following nouveau-Italian Nolita hits Torrisi Italian Specialties and Parm, downtown wunderkinds Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone expand their empire to Greenwich Village with a 12-seat sandwich shop and restaurant (down the street from their other highly anticipated spring opening, retro pasta joint Carbone). By day, classic triple-deckers will be the focus, and true to the name, the menu will feature lobster-stuffed clubs available with two sauces—a creamy white and a spicy red. For dinner, oysters from a raw b

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Tastings, events and food markets for spring 2013

Discover the big tastings and events you’ll want to attend this spring. Plus, find out when the beloved food market Smorgasburg returns. Boozehounds will be well (but hopefully not over) served this spring. The NYC Craft Beer Festival is a chance of hopheads to sample some of the country’s best beer, while the swanky Manhattan Cocktail Classic brings together some of the top mixologists for five days of tastings, lectures, demos and parties. In other news, outdoor food market and Brooklyn Flea offshoot returns in April, and, as of press time, there was no confirmation on whether Googa Mooga would attempt a do-over. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Lidia Presents: Philharmonic Taste—An Austrian Tasting for Ears & Palate Lauded Chelsea restaurant Del Posto hosts a cerebral soiree fusing oral and aural pleasures: fine wine, artful food and classical music—part of a new events and classes series. Esteemed chef Lidia Bastianich and a first violin player of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Andreas Grossbauer, will host a seven-course menu with Austrian vino and a string quartet performing complementary pieces—for instance, plum-jam-stuffed gnocchi with toasted bread crumbs and cinnamon paired with Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Tradition 2010 and accompanied by Franz Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor. Check online for further offerings, such as a course on making and cooking fresh pasta. NYC Craft Beer Festival The suds fest is back for its vernal shindig. Ticket holders

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Rooftop bars in NYC

Booze with a view of New York at our favorite hotel-toppers and decks—from lounges with tough doors to affordable, no-hassle picks Ava Lounge You’ll need to make yourself presentable to gain entry to the roof terrace of the Dream Hotel—no hats, sneakers or ripped jeans here; you’d only ruin the chic, palm-tree-studded decor. Come for sunset and gaze at the neon dream of Times Square. Bar 13 Above two floors of NYU students boogying to nightly DJs and the occasional live act is a concrete-floored roof deck sprinkled with palm trees. It may sound a bit grim, but the space transforms at night when the light panels in the walls emit a warm orange hue, although they do restrict the view of the surrounding university buildings. Still, you won’t be complaining when you’re three rounds deep into the daily two-for-one happy hour (5–9pm). Berry Park Gaze at the Manhattan skyline from across the East River at this 3,000-square-foot roof deck. Potted fronds, folding chairs and a plank wood fence set the backyard vibe as hipsters and beer enthusiasts come together for a block party beneath the umbrellas. Quaff European brews that skew German, like the organic wheat beer Schneider-Weisse Edelweiss ($8), as you chow down on boozing-friendly eats such as bratwurst with sauerkraut ($11). Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge at the Library Hotel Dig out your cravat when hitting this year-round 14th-floor lounge. You’ll want to look the part when quoting Dostoyevsky from a wicker chair in one of two g

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Best beer gardens

Booze a sunny day away at one of these outdoor drinking destinations. Berry Park This Williamsburg beer hall is a bi-level behemoth, with a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and a roof deck that’s almost as large. Choose from one of 14 brews on tap (mostly German and Belgian drafts), then take in views of Manhattan and nearby McCarren Park. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden This authentic Czech beer garden offers plenty of mingle-friendly picnic tables, where you can sit while you sample cheap platters of sausage and a solid lineup of European and domestic beers (pints $6, pitchers $16). Though the huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round, summer is the prime time to soak up some rays over a pint. Prost! d.b.a. The OG beer-lover’s mecca provides 250 brews, from the expensive (a Belgian kriek, or sour-cherry beer, goes for $25 per bottle) to the unpronounceable (Schlenkerla Rauchbier). Paralyzed by indecision? Think it over in the back garden (it’s open year-round). Also check out d.b.a.’s Williamsburg outpost, which offers a similarly excellent lineup of craft brews, plus a spacious back patio for warm-weather drinking. Der Schwarze Kölner Fort Greene’s first German beer garden has the essentials in order. There are 18 brews on tap (crisp Radeberger Pilsner, easygoing Hofbräu Lager) and many more by the bottle. There are plenty of affordable, satisfying small plates to soak it all up, like Berlin’s classic currywurst, plus sidewalk seating. The Diamond In a beer scene dominate

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Spring in New York: Theater

Theater

Spring theater preview: 20 shows to see on and Off Broadway

New plays, musicals and revivals are busting out all over New York stages this season. Use our guide to spring theater to keep up with the big openings. No offense to the rest of the year, but spring is an especially busy time in the New York theater calendar. Part of the excitement and density of opening nights has to do, at least on Broadway, with the approach of the Tony Awards. Shows on the Great White Way need to open by late April to be eligible for a Tony. But Off Broadway and Off-Off, there’s no lack of activity, with plenty of plays and experimental pieces trying to get on their feet before summer. In the next few weeks and months, you’re going to see a rush of big new musicals such as Matilda and Kinky Boots, and major plays like Lucky Guy. Off Broadway we’ll see a new musical by Talking Heads legend David Byrne and the return of the Royal Shakespeare Company out at BAM. Click on the slide show for all the details and links to buy tickets. Happy spring theatergoing! RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide You might also like The 10 hottest chorus boys on Broadway this spring Broadway star map: find the celebrities As an abundance of A-list names fill Broadway marquees; find them now! The 10 hottest chorus girls on Broadway this spring Best Broadway shows: check out our superlistings So you want to catch a few Broadway shows? Time Out New York's theater critics offer the perfect short list of the most exciting plays, musicals and revivals on Broadway. Each year, abo

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Broadway star map: Where to see big names on Broadway this spring

As an abundance of A-list names fill Broadway marquees, use our Broadway star map—inspired by Hollywood’s—to navigate it all. New York theater usually attracts major talent from film and TV, but this spring there’s a higher concentration than usual—Hanks! Baldwin! Midler!—appearing in Broadway shows. To help you avoid the hordes of fans and autograph hounds (or maybe to join them) here’s our nifty Broadway star locator, a New Yorkified version of the Hollywood star map. In other words, we would never do something as base as directing you to the celebrities’ homes. Oh….RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Hover your mouse over the image and click on a star to read more or click on a play button to watch a video.   The Madrid TV powerhouse Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie) returns to the stage in Liz Flahive's dramedy about a schoolteacher who abandons her familiar life. Leigh Silverman (Chinglish) directs the world premiere for MTC, with a cast also comprising John Ellison Conlee, Phoebe Strole, Christopher Evan Welch, Heidi Schreck and theater treasure Frances Sternhagen. Lucky Guy One of the late Nora Ephron's final projects was this drama about the life and career of crusading newspaperman Mike McAlary, who helped break open the Abner Louima police scandal in 1997 and died a year later from colon cancer. Tom Hanks takes on the main role, with George C. Wolfe directing. Kinky Boots Squeaky-voiced ’80s pop star Cyndi Lauper makes her Broadway debut—behind the scen

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The 10 hottest chorus boys opening in Broadway musicals this spring

They may be in the background, but these sexy Broadway dancers and singers are heating up the stage. Each spring brings a fresh crop of musicals to Broadway, with new ensembles of dancers and singers to razzle-dazzle us. And each year, we help whet your appetite for the season with a preview of the sexiest performers the season has in store. Here are 20 of the talented men and women who will set pulses pumping on Broadway in 2013. The girls | The boys You might also like The 10 hottest chorus girls (2012) The 10 hottest chorus boys (2012) The 10 hottest chorus girls (2011) The 10 hottest chorus boys (2011) TONY Offers & Experiences Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM Joy Behar in conversation at 92nd Street Y $15 ticket to our party at Mondrian Soho $50 admission and art tour at SCOPE NY Disney's Newsies on Broadway Chocolate lovers' walking tour

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The 10 hottest chorus girls opening in Broadway musicals this spring

They may be in the background, but these sexy Broadway dancers and singers are heating up the stage. Each spring brings a fresh crop of musicals to Broadway, with new ensembles of dancers and singers to razzle-dazzle us. And each year, we help whet your appetite for the season with a preview of the sexiest performers the season has in store. Here are 20 of the talented men and women who will set pulses pumping on Broadway in 2013. The girls | The boys You might also like TONY Offers & Experiences

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Spring in New York: Spring movie preview

Movies

Spring movie preview 2013: Wild women onscreen

This year’s spring movie releases feature a delightful glut of unhinged, powerful film females—including some actual witches. Prepare for a series of spring movies that feature raw, uncompromising female leads that’ll turn heads. From a quartet of coeds (including Selena Gomez) on a rampage in Spring Breakers—a jaw-dropping highlight of the Toronto Film Festival and one of our most anticipated movies of the year—to Elle Fanning’s luminous performance in Ginger & Rosa. You might also like New York movies: The 100 best films set in New York City From King Kong's spire down to the scummiest subway tunnel, TONY ranks the definitive list of the 100 best New York movies: crime dramas, romantic comedies, documentaries and more. Paradise and prison, bustling metropolis and the loneliest place on earth: New York City has a cinematic identity that infuses all walks of life. Even as we write our own narratives in this most famous of locations, we walk alongside fictional characters (and sometimes real ones, too, if we’re lucky).In selecting the 100 most essential New York movies, we kept the city’s boldness in mind. TONY Film staffers David Fear, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich teamed up with movie experts Stephen Garrett and Alison Willmore to gather titles from all genres and eras—the widely known and the obscure—in pursuit of a complete picture of NYC on film.Our only parameter: The movie had to be set in New York City, not Metropolis (sorry, Superman fans), Oz (ditto,

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Spring movie preview 2013: Love is in the air

’Tis the season when thoughts turn to flights of fancy—and these six spring movies tackle matters of the heart (and heartbreak) in every conceivable way. Now that Valentine’s Day is safely in the rearview mirror (or buried in the backyard with a pickax in its head), we can look forward to a bouquet of spring movie releases that—unlike your standard romantic flick—cover love in all its messy, complicated glory. Our list also includes two of our picks for the year’s most anticipated films, Star Trek Into Darkness (hopefully featuring more yearning between Kirk and Spock) and Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder. You might also like New York movies: The 100 best films set in New York City From King Kong's spire down to the scummiest subway tunnel, TONY ranks the definitive list of the 100 best New York movies: crime dramas, romantic comedies, documentaries and more. Paradise and prison, bustling metropolis and the loneliest place on earth: New York City has a cinematic identity that infuses all walks of life. Even as we write our own narratives in this most famous of locations, we walk alongside fictional characters (and sometimes real ones, too, if we’re lucky).In selecting the 100 most essential New York movies, we kept the city’s boldness in mind. TONY Film staffers David Fear, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich teamed up with movie experts Stephen Garrett and Alison Willmore to gather titles from all genres and eras—the widely known and the obscure—in pursuit of a comp

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Movies

Spring movie preview 2013: These American lives

We look ahead to six spring movie titles in which the land of opportunity looms large, including The Great Gasby. The kind of social mobility our society affords means fortunes may rise, but also fall. Some from 2013’s spring movie roster—the biopics jOBS and 42—have something of a patriotic flavor about them, recounting inspirational tales of success, while others—such as Jeff Nichols’ Cannes-coronated melodrama Mud and The Place Beyond the Pines, featuring Ryan Gosling —flag-pin–puncture the breast. It’s a clutch of flicks that mirror the diversity of the American experience itself. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide You might also like New York movies: The 100 best films set in New York City From King Kong's spire down to the scummiest subway tunnel, TONY ranks the definitive list of the 100 best New York movies: crime dramas, romantic comedies, documentaries and more. Paradise and prison, bustling metropolis and the loneliest place on earth: New York City has a cinematic identity that infuses all walks of life. Even as we write our own narratives in this most famous of locations, we walk alongside fictional characters (and sometimes real ones, too, if we’re lucky).In selecting the 100 most essential New York movies, we kept the city’s boldness in mind. TONY Film staffers David Fear, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich teamed up with movie experts Stephen Garrett and Alison Willmore to gather titles from all genres and eras—the widely known and the obscure—in

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Spring in New York: Music & Nightlife

Nightlife

Best nightlife for spring 2013: Top five picks for a night out

Check out five evenings of body-shaking—onstage and on the dance floor—with our roundup of the best nightlife of spring. The nights are getting shorter, but the after-dark fun is just getting started. We’ve sifted through the flyers and picked out the five best parties and burlesque shows. Whatever you do, make sure you see François K blow out the candles at the tenth anniversary of his weekly shindig, Deep Space. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Verboten: Matt Tolfrey + Nick Curly + Laura Jones + Maher Daniel The Verboten crew is back with another fantastic lineup of house-music mavens for a night of exquisite electronics. The coheadliners are Leftroom label honcho Matt Tolfrey and Cécille Records' Nick Curly, but the support spinners—Leftroom artist Laura Jones and Canada's Maher Daniel—are both must-hear DJ-producers as well. Rinsed: Azari & III + Morgan Geist The bass-house-techno-whatever shindig returns to an as-of-yet undisclosed location, and once again, the crew has secured the services of a fun lineup. Toronto production duo Azari & III, of course, came out of nowhere a few years back—largely on the strength of sexy house stompers like "Reckless with Your Love" and "Hungry for the Power"—to become one of the more popular outfits on the scene. They'll be on the decks to celebrate the release of their new album of remixes (cunningly titled Remix Album) on Dim Mak; Metro Area's Morgan Geist, who's been tearing up dance floors over the past few years under hi

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LGBT

Gay music acts on the verge of a breakthrough this spring

A crop of on-the-verge acts with a decidedly queer sensibility are poised to move beyond the gay music scene. Find out where to see them this spring. The city’s gays are currently spoiled for choice when it comes to singers, bands and performers treading the gay party (and even musuem party) circuit, and we’re predicting big things for acts like Bright Light Bright Light, AVAN LAVA and JbDubs. Catch up with their top tracks below and find out where to see them live in the next few months. Plus, look forward to summer in New York, when more gay music acts on a breakout trajectory, like Hi Fashion and Le1f, are due to perform. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide You might also like Best gay bars in New York City The best gay bars in New York, as chosen by Time Out New York's editors. Drink and dance the night away at these gay clubs and pubs. The Eagle Whatever your kink, this fetish bar will satisfy with its array of beer blasts, foot-worship fêtes and leather soirées, plus simple pool-playing and cruising nights. In summer, it hosts rooftop barbecues. Therapy Drinks like the Freudian Sip (Ketel One Citron, fresh ginger and lemonade), served in a nice big tumbler, are sure to leave you feeling blissfully worry-free at this cocktailcentric space. But it’s the impressive venue that draws young neurotics: two levels of slate floors connected by a dramatic staircase, crowned with a massive skylight. Mellow pop, house and techno play at the perfect level, allowing for both

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Comedy

Stand-up comedy shows spring 2013 and the Thrilling Adventure Hour

Parks & Rec’s Nick Offerman, Maria Bamford and Jim Jefferies all perform stand-up comedy shows this spring. Plus, L.A.’s Thrilling Adventure Hour comes to NYC. Good news for fans of stand-up comedy: This spring sees a clusterflock (that’s the collective noun for comedians, right?) of stand-ups at comedy clubs and venues across New York. Spring’s best comedy shows include the man with the effervescent facial hair, Nick Offerman (Parks & Rec’s Ron Swanson); the melon-twisting (in the metaphorical, not the literal, sense… although you never know) Maria Bamford; and foul-mouthed Australian Jim Jefferies (so foul, that he can’t snag a lady, as he confessed to Time Out in Pickups gone bad). For a visual break from one person standing there talking, check out the Thrilling Adventure Hour for a group of people standing there talking. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Nick Offerman: American Ham Those hoping to see Ron Swanson curse Tammys One and Two to hell likely won’t be disappointed: Offerman’s man’s-man persona reflects his real life (he’s got a carpentry business) and his stage act. His show, American Ham, offers practical tips about living more successfully, with the sort of dry and laconic delivery that comes through on Parks and Recreation. Maria Bamford The Bammer is a tumult of cheery weirdness, winning hearts with a childlike whisper as she presents her idiosyncratic vision of the world. She drops comedic bits—unexpected impressions, goony faces, far-flung metap

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Spring in New York: Arts & Culture

Art

Spring art 2013: The best fairs, museum shows and gallery exhibits

The spring art scene is alive with fairs, big-name shows at MoMA and Hauser & Wirth, and public-art installations. This time of year sees the arrival of a bunch of spring art fairs in March, the biggest of which is the Armory Show, and the interloper outlier Frieze superfair in May. There’s plenty in store at MoMA with two blockbuster exhibitions on Bill Brandt and Claes Oldenburg, and Paul McCarthy takes over Hauser & Wirth’s uptown gallery and expansive Chelsea location. Plus, find out what Mad. Sq. Art has in store once Buckyball finishes. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide You might also like Slideshow: Frieze New York in pictures TONY recaps the fair for those of you who didn't make it there. Best Chelsea galleries Find the best art galleries in the Chelsea district of NYC. In Chelsea's converted industrial spaces, you'll find art galleries hosting group shows by up-and-comers, blockbuster exhibitions from art-world celebrities and a slew of provocative work. Here are the best galleries; click through to see what they're showing now. David Zwirner Zwirner mixes museum-quality shows of historical figures with a head-turning array of contemporary artists. Tanya Bonakdar Gallery This elegant space reps such powerhouse names as New York City Waterfalls maestro Olafur Eliasson. Gagosian Gallery Larry Gagosian’s mammoth (20,000-square-foot) contribution to 24th Street’s galleries was launched in 1999. Luhring Augustine This cool gallery features work from an impressi

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Things to Do

Spring book events in NYC 2013: Readings, performances and talks

See punks, satirists, authors, playwrights and cartoonists discuss and read their work at these top spring book events. The next three months sees a wide variety spring book events. Punk legend Richard Hell makes two appearances to discuss and read from his autobiography for those who want to relive, or vicariously experience, the gritty New York of old. Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story) and Etgar Keret debut new works at the Selected Shorts series, while the minds behind the Broadway show The Motherfucker with the Hat and the Pulitzer Prize—winning Ruined share pieces of their work. RECOMMENDED: Spring in New York guide Sam Lipsyte Lipsyte's acidic and pitch-black satires keep getting better—The Ask, about a middle-aged failure called Milo, was one of the best books of 2010. His new collection, The Fun Parts, contains many of the short stories he's published in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and exhibits the crackling dialogue and casually misanthropic messes he’s so good at crafting. Thalia Book Club: Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, with Jennifer Egan, Siri Hustvedt and Margot Livesey Three well-regarded novelists, who have led lively discussions of Middlemarch and Anna Karenina for this series, guide the crowd in an analysis of an early American classic. The Believer's 10th Anniversary Party Celebrate a decade of the charming and upbeat publication (its working title was, after all, The Optimist) with writers and editors who have made its ruminations and

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Dance

Spring dance 2013: Seasons, festivals and premieres

This season brings a wealth of unmissable performances. Use our guide, and pencil in the best spring dance events in your planner. There’s something for everyone during the coming season. Spring dance highlights include the Paul Taylor Dance Company revisiting seven decades of work and premiering Taylor’s 138th piece in March, a festival focusing on the Cambodian arts boasts two performances of the country’s sumptuous classical dance style, and for fans of the experimental, Yasuko Yokoshi premieres a new work. Of course, we also have details on American Ballet Theatre’s spring season beginning in May. Paul Taylor Dance Company For his company’s second season at the grand Koch Theater after years spent at New York City Center, Taylor revives seven decades of masterworks, such as 3 Epitaphs from 1956, in which faceless performers wear spooky costumes designed by Robert Rauschenberg and dance to early New Orleans jazzl and Esplanade, a 1975 classic set to Bach and inspired by the sight of a girl running to catch a bus—the movement entirely comprised of standing, walking, running, sliding and falling. There are 21 new works as well, including the world premiere of Perpetual Dawn, the choreographer’s 138th dance, and the New York premiere of To Make Crops Grow, set to music by Ferde Grofé. If you like variety, Taylor’s your man. Each of his dances parts the curtain to reveal a bold, new world. Yasuko Yokoshi This Japanese experimental choreographer has collaborated with Masu

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John W
John W

I've never seen that tour company Bruce, thanks for the heads up. It's always nice to have a couple recommendations when family and friends come into town. I'm always referring them to Get Up and Ride in Brooklyn since I'm a Brooklynite myself and have gotten amazing feedback. Check them out at http://getupandride.com. I'm really looking forward to trying their new sunset bike tour and rustic dinner bbq in May. 

Bruce S
Bruce S

One of the joys of living or visiting New York is to rent a bicycle in Central Park, and bring a picnic lunch with a bottle of vino. Let the sun shine in. And later in the afternoon keep your aerobic muscles working by taking a walking food tour; http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com