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13 Things to Do in New York This Spring

By Francesca Conlin | May 10, 2018 | Culture

According to the calendar, it’s officially spring and we’re taking advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by taking part in all the city has to offer during this season. See below for just a sample of everything that’s going on in May and June in the Big Apple.

Visit the New York Botanical Garden


There’s never a shortage of flowers and exhibits to see at the New York Botanical Garden. From bird walks to the Garden Art & Antiques Fair, Georgia O’Keefe’s Visions of Hawaii display, and numerous workshops and lectures, it’s the perfect place to wander away the spring weekends before it gets too hot and humid. 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-817-8700

Take a Guided Tour of Carnegie Hall

Sure, you may have attended a concerto once or twice (or many a times) at the famed Carnegie Hall, but have you ever explored it beyond what you’ve seen from your seat? The 60- to 75-minute tour takes you through the Stern Auditorium and onto the Perelman Stage so you can see both from a different point of view as well as Composer’s Alley. You’ll also hear the stories of the signed photographs that decorate the walls and visit the Rose Museum, which is home to more than 400 Carnegie Hall artifacts. Take part in a public or private group tour now through June 30. 881 7th Ave., 212-903-9765

Celebrate Cherry Blossom (Sakura Hanami) Season at Zuma


Since the weather has felt less than spring-like recently, there’s no telling exactly when the beautiful cherry blossoms will bloom in New York City. So, we’re heading to the only cherry blossom installation at high-end Izakaya-inspired restaurant, Zuma during May. The upstairs lounge greets guests with over 1,000 cherry blossoms cascading from the ceiling and wrapped around the bar area for an indoor oasis-type feeling. To complement this beautiful display, a menu of Hanami cocktails with spring flavors and floral touches are available to sip as you take in the view. 261 Madison Ave., 212-544-9862

Take a Pasta Class at Morini Ristorante

You’ll feel more Italian than sipping an Aperol Spritz when you sign up for a pasta-making class (available on May 19 and June 21) at this fine dining spot on the Upper East Side. Their chef will you through a hands-on course where you learn about different pasta-making procedures. Then, enjoy your hard work with a three-course lunch featuring two of the pastas from the class plus dessert. Delizioso! 1167 Madison Ave., 212-249-0444

Attend a Spring Wine Dinner at Tavern62 by David Burke


Multi-course pairing dinners at David Burke’s American tavern-style spot will take place on May 16 and June 17 featuring pairings alongside signature Tavern62 fare from different vineyards, including Landmark Vineyard and Justin Winery. Get yourself ready for an evening filled with delectable dishes and fine wines, and walk away feeling like a sommelier. 135 E. 62nd St., 212-988-9021

Slurp and Shuck Fresh Oysters at Bar Belly

It’s not springtime in the city without slurping down some fresh oysters. With this cozy cocktail and oyster bar’s Shuck it Forward program, you can enjoy complementary pairings like Fords Gin and Lo-Fit Vermouth 50/50 Martinis paired with a half dozen oysters and then pre-pay for a numbered oyster shell that will dangle from the bar, symbolizing one pairing, for a friend to come back and claim at their leisure. 10% of the proceeds from the program will go toward the Billion Oyster Project’s efforts to restore the city’s oyster beds, so you can keep enjoying New Yorkers’ favorite shellfish for seasons to come. Through the end of the year. 14 Orchard St., 917-488-0943

Enjoy Bottomless Brunch on the Water at Bateaux


Sailing into spring with the kickoff of its bottomless mimosa brunch cruise, the luxury cruiseliner Bateaux offers both a fine dining and sightseeing experience rolled into one. Take in the unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, and Brooklyn Bridge aboard the European-inspired vessel with enclosed, all-glass windows. Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, 212-352-1366

Take a Floral Arranging Class at Flower School New York

Bring the beauty of the outdoors in by attending a class at the Flower School of New York. As part of their Spring 2018 Master Class Series designed for all levels but best suited for beginners, you can choose between four different sessions that focus on different aspects and flora for the season and are taught by the school’s master designers. Already a pro? Choose from their vast array of classes ranging from centerpiece design to wreath making. 213 W. 14th St., 212-661-8074

Check Out New Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum


Installation view of Zoe Leonard: Survey (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 2 to June 10, 2018).

Besides several new exhibitions on view through June, the Whitney boasts sweeping views of the river and outdoor spaces to help you embrace the warm weather. We’re visiting “Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables,” which examines the others works from Grant Wood, the artist behind the famous “American Gothic,” and “Zoe Leonard: Survey,” which displays the sculpturist’s former photography work. Both on view through June 10. 99 Gansevoort St., 212-570-3600

Grab Lunch Outside at Madison Square Eats

The spring market for this popular outdoor food fest made its 2018 debut on May 5 and runs until June 1. Savor dishes and bites from popular eateries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then, sit and munch in Madison Square Park amongst the hustle and bustle of the city with the Flatiron building as your backdrop. It’s the easiest way to get your daily dose of sunshine while indulging your tastebuds—talk about multitasking. Worth Sq., 5th Ave., between 25th and 26th St.

Sip Cocktails and Buy Flowers at the NYLO Hotel New York’s Spring Flower Market


The NYLO New York City hotel will transform its lobby into the Arthouse Flower Market for the second year now through June 30. Every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a myriad of blooms from Edelweiss Floral Atelier will be on display with different arrangements, bouquets, and flower crowns available to take home or gift. The adjacent cocktail bar will present a flower-inspired drink menu as well, so you can enjoy sips while you admire the beautiful and aromatic display.

Brush Up on Your Coffee Knowledge at Abbotsford Coffee Specialists

Sure, there’s great coffee everywhere you turn in New York, but do you really know that much about the kind of bean you’re drinking or how it’s ground, roasted, and served? Have you always wanted to know how to draw a leaf in your cappuccino? This chic Brooklyn-based coffee shop offers a variety of classes that’ll set you up for success as a home barista. From intro classes to latte art and alternative brewing talks, there’s one for every interest. Weekly classes begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. 573 Sackett St., Brooklyn, 646-983-0448

Enjoy Murdock London’s Themed Cocktail at the W New York in Times Square


This high-end grooming brand from over the pond is celebrating their very recent launch in the U.S. at Nordstrom by partnering with the W New York Times Square to create a “Little of The Top” gin cocktail available the hotel’s Living Room Bar. 1567 Broadway, 212-930-7400