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10 great ways to celebrate the first week of spring in NYC

Spring has officially sprung in the city! Here are some fun ideas for ways to enjoy it.

By Will Gleason
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Yes, it may be a bit overcast at the moment. Still, with daily temperatures solidly hovering around 50 degrees, nary a snowflake in sight and many of the city’s most popular boatstaurants now officially taking reservations—spring has officially sprung. 

Balancing all of our desires to get out there and explore the city with up-to-date safety regulations and Covid-19 precautions can be difficult, but we’ve got a handful of surefire ways you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine. (This weekend, at least.)

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Fun ways to celebrate the start of spring

LIC planets
LIC planets
Photograph: Courtesy Long Island City Partnership

Hunt down all 20 of these painted planets in Long Island City

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ALIC is a Galaxy is a new neighborhood-wide installation featuring 20 fiberglass spheres placed in tree pits throughout the district. Five different Queens-based artists were selected to each paint four different “planets” for the work. Spend a fun day outside strolling through the neighborhood and looking at them all!

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Jen Lewin, Reflect at Domino Park
Jen Lewin, Reflect at Domino Park
Jen Lewin, Reflect at Domino Park, Brooklyn, March 2021. Drone footage by Demian Neufeld, Ryders Alley Media, and Matt Emmi. Edited by Joshua Pullar. Artwork (c) 2021 Jen Lewin

Visit this colorful Brooklyn waterfront art installation

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Created by new media artist Jen Lewin, Reflect takes its cues from patterns found in nature. The work takes the form of three concentric rings each consisting of interactive platforms that respond to visitor’s steps. (AKA The light changes when you walk on it!) The constantly changing work spans 2,400-square-feet across the Brooklyn waterfront in Domino Park, providing a technicolor, waterfront light show.

Midst Bloom
Midst Bloom
Photograph: Instagram/spakx

Check out the very floral "Walk Through the Midst Bloom"

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"Walk Through the Midst Bloom," a new walk-through pop-up at event venue Absurd Conclave in Bushwick, seeks to help attendees "feel and get a glimpse of a field of new vision full of hope, optimism and positivity." To put it simply, the organizers want you to forget all about the troubles and just spend some time relaxing, recharging and seeing things from a different perspective. It seems like that just may be possible in the floral, lovely lit spaces.

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Flipper's
Flipper's
Photograph: Instagram/foodlinsta

Grab a table outside and enjoy some soufflé pancakes

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A soufflé pancake is an airy, extremely soft Japanese treat made without a mold. Although New York is no stranger to soufflé pancakes, there is probably nobody that does them better than Flipper's in Soho. Throw on a light coat and have a leisurely brunch there outside this weekend.
Pilot
Pilot
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Make a reservation at one of New York's floating bars

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NYC's many floating bars and restaurants are starting to slowly open once again for the season. Find out which ones are now accepting reservations, the opening dates for ones that are returning soon and the waterfront destinations you can hit up now.

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open culture
open culture
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Enjoy some live free outdoor performances across the city

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Following the success of last year’s Open Restaurants and Open Streets programs, a new citywide program called Open Culture is bringing arts and culture to the five boroughs. You can catch socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all five boroughs. An interactive map, also found on the official city website, shows the spaces around the city where live events will be taking place.

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