Top 10 Things To Do In April

East @ Hudson
The Knicks host the Nets at The World’s Most Famous Arena

April kicks off with NYC’s NBA Battle Royale: on 4/1, the Brooklyn Nets cross the East River to take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. With March Madness nearly over and the basketball season winding down, there has never been a better time to catch these cross-town rivals live. Settle into your seats for all the “Carmelodrama,” as the teams’ bidding battle (and subsequent rivalry) over star Carmelo Anthony is known, before the season ends for good. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Orchi-deliriously Beautiful
The 14th-Annual Orchid Show blooms at New York Botanical Garden

With a short trip to the Bronx, you’re a world away from Manhattan: transported to the 19th century, when orchid hunters prowled the globe searching for prize specimens. Through 4/17, admire their handiwork and learn more about their bold journeys at Orchidelirium, the theme of this year’s annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Thousands of blooms set the scene, spilling from branches clustered around waterfalls in a glass greenhouse that feels nothing like the New York we all know – in the best, most tropical possible way. (2900 Southern Blvd.)

A Seasonal Menu (and Venue)
A new season of dining at Park Avenue Spring

After 22 years on the Upper East Side, restaurateur Michael Stillman shuttered his Park Avenue Winter (Spring, Summer, Autumn) location and moved to Park Avenue South at 26th Street. There, in a sprawling space whose décor changes with the seasons, he heralds the arrival of each with some of the city’s most of-the-moment food and drink. Right now, fresh flowers bring the outdoors in, while Stillman and Chef Zene Finn mine their Rolodex of top-notch New York producers and purveyors to craft quarterly menus that are distinctively of a time and place: Manhattan, at the height of spring. (360 Park Ave. South)

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Park Avenue Spring

Hello, Brooklyn.
Gawk at the 31st Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

For those about to rock: we salute you! On 4/8, that is, when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will welcome Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A., and Steve Miller to their illustrious ranks. Not content to let the inductees have all the fun (and all the spotlight), the ceremony will also feature The Black Keys, Rob Thomas, and Lars Ulrich of Metallica. As always, surprises and special guests are a foregone conclusion – and so, of course, is great, diverse music. After all, where else can you see Ice Cube and Dr. Dre on stage with the guys who gave us “I Want You to Want Me”…? (620 Atlantic Ave.)

Born To Be Plaid
Men in kilts march for Scotland

Perhaps you saw Braveheart at an impressionable age. Spent a lifetime discerning the subtle differences between Highland malts. Or (the greatest shock of all!) you’re actually Scotish. Whatever your position on plaid, the spectacle of thousands of kilted Scotsmen marching proudly up Sixth Avenue is a sight to behold, and happens only once a year: the New York Tartan Day Parade on 4/9. Start with a pint at St. Andrew’s (140 W. 46th St.) – and ease into the whole kilt thing, starting with their bartenders – then line the sidewalks for the 2p.m. step-off of this annual parade of plaid. (Sixth Ave. from 45th St. to 55th St.)

Defying Gravity
Marvel at The Magician at The NoMad Upstairs

Illusionist Dan White’s residency at The NoMad Upstairs is nothing short of magical. Despite hosting an early and a late show each time he performs, this evening of enchantment regularly sells out thanks to White’s charismatic, old-school approach to magic, presented in one of the city’s most intimate and appealing settings. After serving as a creative consulting to Kanye West’s iconic YEEZUS tour, White developed this showcase of magic and mentalism. As Vanity Fair wrote in their profile of White’s first-of-the-evening trick, “The audience gasps, but he’s just getting started.” Start – or end – your evening with a cocktail at The NoMad Bar before or after the show to feel like you’re levitating, too. (1170 Broadway)

You Oughta Be In Pictures
Screen and be seen at the annual Tribeca Film Festival

From a pool of more than 6,000 entries, the Tribeca Film Festival presents some of the most dynamic and exciting moments on screen each year. This year, from 4/13-4/24, the festival descends on lower Manhattan, bringing with it a who’s who of film producers, directors, performers, and crew members, many of whom are on hand for intimate talks following their screenings. For those who can’t get enough film, passes are available; individual tickets are also sold for all screenings, ranging from $10 to $35 for some of the more exclusive talks and presentations. Speakers will range from Tina Fey to Sir Richard Branson. (tribecafilm.com)

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Marvels The AVENGERS closing night of festival. PHOTO by: Marion Curtis

The King of Queens at Kings
Kevin James cracks up Brooklyn’s Kings Theater

Make all the Paul Blart: Mall Cop jokes you want when Emmy-nominated comedian Kevin James brings his stand-up to Brooklyn’s Kings Theater on 4/16. Although he’s perhaps best known for his nine seasons as the star of CBS’s “The King of Queens,” a syndicated sitcom centered around an ornery Queens, NY couple, James originally hails from Long Island, giving him a lifelong affinity for both areas. Win his favor by wearing your Knicks, Jets, Mets, or Islanders gear: this vocal sports fan is a proud supporter of his hometown teams, and if you score prime VIP seats, it’s likely you’ll be close enough for him to read the logo on your jersey. (1027 Flatbush Ave.)

She’s My Cherry Pie
Waitress is Broadway’s latest sweetie

Take one cult-classic film (Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 “Waitress”), add one famed singer-songwriter (frequent Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles; check out our interview on page 30!), season with Broadway’s brightest young star (Tony winner Jessie Mueller), then bake over the winter. The result? Deliciously sweet new musical Waitress, which just began previewing 3/25. Led by Broadway’s first all-female creative team, this story of a waitress and pie maker trapped in a loveless marriage may challenge even mighty Hamilton for box office victory. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll leave craving cherry pie! (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.)

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Tony Winner Jessie Muller Stars in Waitress

Spring in Your Step
Shop the spring lines at Bloomingdale’s

Whether your budget is Gucci or Gap, nothing beats browsing the spring collections at Bloomingdale’s when they arrive, fresh from the runways and full of the promise of a new season. The iconic department store’s flagship location is a haven of bold style and bold-faced names. With stripes, saddle bags, and statement earrings scattered all over the runways, this is the ideal time to explore the counters and racks, getting a look at the latest styles and picking up a few choice pieces to take home. Need some help? Store directories are available in nine languages, and personal shoppers take the guesswork out of sizing and selecting. (1000 Third Ave.)