The weather's warmed up (finally!), and New Yorkers, with just a lingering touch of cabin fever from this year's unmercifully long winter, have taken to the streets in swarms. Yes, spring is in full swing, and May's calendar is bubbling over with a bevy of cultural happenings, outdoor events, and buzz-worthy openings throughout Manhattan. From rooftop films to classical concerts, here's our curated list of the very best happenings in May and beyond:
- Rooftop Films Summer Series
- NY Phil Biennial Debuts in NYC
- Lobster Boat Debuts on Hudson River
- Films on the Green: Free French Film Fest in NYC
- Free NYC Dance Classes, Courtesy of NYC Dance Week
- Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2014
- Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in Madison Square Park
- NYC Rooftop Bars: The Roof at the Viceroy New York
- River to River Festival Fills Lower Manhattan with Culture
Happy spring, Manhattanites and visitors!
After a long and dreary winter, at long last, glimpses of spring have begun peeking through (dear fireball in the sky, how we've missed you!). Predictably, our attention has slowly turned to the outdoors, as city parks begin to reveal their long-dormant blooms, spring break releases the kiddies for a week of citywide adventuring, and the arts scene thrives with special exhibitions and gallery shows. Here are some of April's top stories, some of which look further ahead into spring:
- 5 Essential Upper East Side Art Galleries
- America's First Cat Café Debuts in NYC
- SummerStage in Manhattan: 2014 Lineup Announced
- Summer on the Hudson in Riverside Park
- Central Park's Tavern on the Green Reopens its Doors
- The Great Saunter: A 32-Mile Walk Around Manhattan's Rim
- Free Outdoor Broadway Concert: Stars in the Alley
- Manhattan's Dance Parade to Showcase 10,000 Dancers
- Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival in NYC
I'd like to introduce myself, Elissa Richard, as the new Manhattan Travel and Local expert for About.com. A longtime travel journalist, with a quenchless cultural curiosity and insatiable appetite for all that's new and noteworthy, I've tirelessly traveled the world while out on the prowl for the next big "scoop." Still, I've yet to turn up any contender as captivating as my New York City hometown--the dynamic, cultured, and one-of-a-kind metropolis that it is. Here, I set out to report back on the best of all that's new--without overlooking the tried and true--in Manhattan proper, covering events, openings, neighborhood profiles, and more, for NYC locals and visitors alike.
Here are quick links to March's top stories:
- Central Park Walking Tours
- Sugar Hill Market: New Artisanal Harlem Flea Market
- Affordable Art Fair: Manhattan's Biannual Contemporary Art Sale
- Easter in NYC: Easter Egg Hunts in Manhattan
- Manhattan Gets a Cupcake ATM
- Must-See Spring Art Shows in NYC
- World Trade Center Site's 9/11 Memorial Museum
- 5 Best Irish Pubs Along NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Route
- Bar 54: NYC's Highest Rooftop Bar
Get ready for five days of scientific breakthroughs at the World Science Festival in New York from May 29 through June 2, 2013.
The festival will bring together Nobel Laureates, leading researchers, top-level technologists, creative artists, filmmakers, and performers for 40+ unique events around New York City.
The goal of the World Science Festival is to shine a spotlight on science and explore the many ways in which scientific discovery and innovation are shaping modern life.
Topics covered will include beer, whales, human consciousness, nanomedicine, pie, infinity, and insect sex (just to name a few).
Street fair season is here. The weather is warm and the gyro makers, psychics, and bulk tube sock vendors are hitting the streets of New York again for your shopping pleasure.
Memorial Day weekend is almost here. Get ready to enjoy the first long weekend of the summer right here in Manhattan
There are plenty of great events on the Memorial Day weekend schedule in New York City -- free concerts, free street festivals, a free family festival on Governors Island, tours and celebrations on the U.S.S. Intrepid, outlet sales, and much more.
If you're looking for a cool job in New York City, you might want to check out this Friday's Uncubed job fair. Meet reps from the hottest New York tech companies (including Twitter, Meetup, Etsy, and more) and up-and-coming start-ups, who will all be there with jobs to fill.
Buy a ticket to mingle with employers and attend panel discussions to hear what top companies are seeking in their next employees. For an extra fee, you can also take seminars to build your skills in programming, business development, and other key competencies. The event will also feature an art show, complimentary drinks and snacks, and an after party.
Uncubed Job Fair
When: Friday, May 17, 2013. 10am-9:30pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
Admission: $30 for general admission
This Friday is National Bike to Work Day. Make your commute more healthy and eco-friendly on Friday, May 17 and you may just get hooked on biking to work.
Still not convinced? Transportation Alternatives, one of the sponsors of National Bike to Work Day, is giving out free Brooklyn Roasting Company iced coffees, breakfast treats from KIND and Cabot, and Vita Coco coconut water to bikers from 7-10 AM on May 17 at the following locations:
- Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn tower)
- Manhattan Bridge (Manhattan side)
- Williamsburg Bridge (Brooklyn side)
- Queensboro Bridge (Queens side)
- Staten Island Ferry Terminal (Staten Island side)
- Hudson River Greenway at W. 72nd Street
- Bronx - Joyce Kilmer Park (161st & Grand Concourse)
Raise a toast in remembrance of one of the greatest battles in Mexican history on Cinco de Mayo.