Spring is in the air, but many people are stuck in their apartments and day jobs, staring at the screens of their many pieces of technology to notice. Fortunately, New York City has much to offer this spring with things to do and places to go with both friends and family. Put down that iPhone and take a look around.
Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival, held annually in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca, is a great experience for anyone, whether or not you’re a movie buff. This year’s festival plays host to a wide variety of great films, shorts, panels, and outdoor activities. Films include “2 Days In New York” a deliciously funny film directed by Julie Delpy, “Any Day Now”, directed by Travis Fine and starring Alan Cumming, as well as the “Tribeca Talks Director Series” panel, with directors like Michael Moore and Jim Sheridan. The festival also includes Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day, a full day of soccer and sports with entertainment and sports celebrities. Kids can participate in the Youth Soccer Showcase throughout the day, with skills, drills, and competitions. Single tickets and discounted ticket packages go on sale on April 15 and 16, through online, by phone, or a ticket outlet, so make sure you get yours soon. April 10 – May 4.
Tribeca Cinemas Ticket Window
54 Varick Street (at Laight Street)
Hours: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Monday-Friday)
11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue)
Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm (seven days a week)
Phone: (646) 502-5296
Hanami: Celebrating The Cherry Blossom Viewing Season
Spring time brings beautiful flowers, like the Japanese cherry blossoms on display at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, on through April 29. With over 200 trees at the Botanical Gardens, it’s something you definitely won’t want to miss. Take a tour of the grounds during the show, on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Regular admission is $10, but $5 for seniors and students. Children under 12 get in free. Take advantage of one of nature’s most beautiful creations on show, which ends with a weekend-long festival, the “Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival”, celebrating Japanese culture, food, and music.
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
900 Washington Avenue (at Crown Street)
Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday-Friday)
10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Phone: (718) 623-7200
Bust Magazine Craftacular And Food Fair
Join the women’s indie magazine in a one-day bazaar, held every year, where you can find a wide array of unique jewelry, clothing, gifts, food, and much more. This year’s bazaar takes place at 82 Mercer St between Broome and Spring Streets, and will sell everything from homemade cosmetics, to eccentric T-shirts, and DIY kits. Sheila B and the Silent Drape Runners will perform while you shop ’till you drop. April 14 from 11:00 – 7:00 pm with a $3 admission fee.
Peter Woytuk Street Sculptures
From 59th to 168th Streets on Broadway, you can check out 18 of sculptor Peter Woytuk’s bronze sculpltures, a perfect outing for the kids. Wild animals and brightly colored sculptures stand out against the urban backdrop of the city, like the Elephant Pair standing on opposite ends of Columbus Circle on 59th Street, and 3 Big Apples on 79th Street. The sculptures will be on display through the month of April, and is perfect way to make a city stroll into fun for the whole family. Call (212) 901-3310 while you walk for a tour of the artist’s work, as well as fun facts and descriptions of each piece voiced by Peter Woytuk himself.