Spending a Wednesday evening rooting on the New York Mets at Citi Field or a Saturday counting the kites at Brooklyn Bridge Park is fantastic, but there are more creative ways to welcome spring. In fact, here are five sensational ideas for celebrating the season around the city:
Visit a new art exhibit
The Met Breuer (pronounced “BROY-er”), housed in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer and the previous home to the Whitney Museum, unveiled its expanding modern and contemporary art program this spring. The Met Breuer will feature exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies and educational initiatives.
Don’t miss “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” which poses the question, “When is a piece of art finished?” The exhibit features nearly 200 works from artists like Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Warhol and is on display through September 4.
Enjoy a first of the Museum of Modern Art
The MoMA hosts its first monographic exhibit by Edgar Degas, “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty,” through July 24. The showing explores the artist’s innovative and rarely seen monotypes and discusses their impact on the artist’s other work.
Don’t forget to stop by Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Modern for pre- or post-museum cocktails or bites.
If you have a little more time, head to MoMA PS1 in Queens and take in Cao Fei’s first solo museum show in the U.S. through August 31. The emerging, Beijing-based artist explores the experiences of young Chinese citizens in the exciting exhibit.
Try the latest food craze
There is no better way to spend a weekend afternoon than eating your way through Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea’s edible spin-off. Save room at the outdoor food market extravaganza to sample the latest social media spectacle, the raindrop cake, which is a delicate confection composed of barely solidified water that’s served with brown sugar syrup and toasted soy flour. While Smorgasburg has several locations around the city, raindrop cake is available Saturdays at East River State Park and Sundays in Prospect Park.
Sip spring-inspired cocktails
As part of Four Seasons’ April Showers Bring May Flowers promotion, bartenders from across North America have created unique, locally inspired drinks. Celebrate spring at Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel New York with its latest cocktail, Bouquet (Stoli Elit vodka, marigold infusion, espelette-infused agave syrup and a dash of lemon juice).
Blue Ribbon Brasserie is embracing the seasonal bounty with its new Ginza cocktail, which mixes Hendrick’s gin, tequila, lemon juice, cucumber juice and honey simple syrup for a well-balanced, bright green libation.
Another great spot to usher in spring is Bar 54, where the views from the 54th floor of Hyatt Times Square New York are panoramic and the pitchers are plentiful. Get the party started with Hawaiian Iced Tea (tea-infused orange vodka, mint tea and lemon) or the Cucumber Jewel (gin, Lillet Blanc, Cappelletti, pamplemousse, lemon and cucumber) and finish it with moonlit selfies above Manhattan.
Take a proper trip to Central Park
Guests at Five-Star Trump International Hotel & Tower New York can enjoy Central Park in style. For a mere $25 per bike, pedal around the park for a whole day and see Literary Lane, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and the attraction’s other landmarks.
Even better? A portion of the bike fee rental will be contributed to the hotel’s charity, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For an elevated midday meal at the park, order a gourmet picnic from the hotel’s Five-Star Jean Georges.