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May 2014: Spring in Full Swing in NYC

Sunday May 18, 2014

High Line flowers

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:

April 2014: Happy Spring, Manhattanites and Visitors!

Monday April 21, 2014

Spring in Union Square

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:

Welcome from New Manhattan Travel & Local Expert, Elissa Richard

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Elissa Richard, Manhattan Travel and Local expert for About.com

Hello, there!

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:

World Science Festival

Wednesday May 29, 2013

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).

See the full schedule of World Science Festival events.

May Street Fairs in New York

Wednesday May 29, 2013

new york street fairs

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.

Check out our street fair listings for May in New York.

Find May farmers' markets in New York.

Browse our gallery of NYC summer street fair photos.

Memorial Day Weekend in New York City

Thursday May 23, 2013

summer in new yorkMemorial 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.

See our top event picks for Memorial Day weekend in New York City.

Uncubed Job Fair -- Get a Job at an NYC Start-up

Thursday May 16, 2013

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

National Bike to Work Day

Wednesday May 15, 2013

bikeThis 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)

Pledge to bike to work on May 17, 2013.

New to biking the mean streets of New York? Check out our introduction to biking in NYC, find the best bike route to your office and learn the street code for NYC cyclists before Friday.

Happy pedaling!

Cinco de Mayo en Nueva York

Friday May 3, 2013

cinco de mayoRaise a toast in remembrance of one of the greatest battles in Mexican history on Cinco de Mayo.

May 5th (this Sunday) marks an important day in Mexican history and a fantastic excuse for a Mexican feast or a cerveza or two.

Check out our listing of Cinco de Mayo 2013 events in New York -- including fine Mexican dining, a pub crawl, lots of tequila specials, and drunken bullriding.

NYC Neighborhood Guides: Gramercy and Flatiron

Monday April 29, 2013

Flatiron Building detail

What will you find on your way uptown from the East Village to Murray Hill, just east of Chelsea? Two smaller and less famous Manhattan neighborhoods: the lovely Gramercy Park and Flatiron areas.

Read more about living and hanging out in Gramercy Park and the Flatiron District.

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