It’s finally happened, spring is here and if you just moved to New York, you’re in luck because it’s our city’s loveliest season, at least to us. From dining alfresco to sitting on rooftops, there are tons of ways to enjoy the sunshine and hints of warmth in the light breeze. But there are also activities that are exclusive to our great city that one should try and experience at least once—check ‘em out below:
The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium
From February 27 until April 17, the New York Botanical Gardens will hold its annual orchid show. Now in its 14th year, this botanical journey will have you in awe of thousands of orchids. This year’s show will have you discover what it was like for 19th century hunters to get their hands on prized varieties from around the world. Once you bore of the colorful display—is that even possible—stick around till evening for dance and poetry performances among other shows.
Affordable Art Fair
It’s art fair season in New York and for those of us who might not have too much dough to spend on art, Affordable Art Fair comes to the rescue. From March 30 until April 3rd, more than 70 galleries and vendors will showcase original work of more than 500 artists with prices starting at a $100 at The Metropolitan Pavilion. Who says art isn’t for everyone?
The popular food market reopens back up its outdoor Williamsburg waterfront location on Saturdays starting April 2 and in Prospect Park on Sundays starting April 3. Get a lobster roll and sit on the Williamsburg waterfront watching the ships go by, or buy yourself some artisan condiments.
Cherry Blossoms at the BBG
Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens from late March to mid-May to find blossoms of several of 26 cherry species planted in the gardens. It’s a spectacle and a beautiful one at that. Take a stroll through the meandering Cherry Walk trail and be prepared to pick a pink Prunus Kanzan tree blossom off your hair or shirt. Each blossom has up to 28 petals. Then head on over to the café and grab a chilled ramen noodle and jersey asparagus salad.
Tribeca Film Festival
Catch a flick at the downtown film festival from April 13 until the 24th. Now in its 15th year, the festival will feature 77 worldwide premiers. Individual tickets start at $10 and go up to $40 for special screenings.