(1) No Bee In This Bonnet.
Easter festivities at their finest.
You haven’t truly experienced the words “Sunday best” until you’ve seen the colorful and elaborate hats worn throughout NYC’s annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. Come watch as participants showcase some of the finest Easter hat-ware in town as they march along Fifth Avenue with an extra spring in their step. So come one, come all – and the more colorful your ensemble, the better! The fun kicks off on 4/5 starting at 49th St. from 10 a.m.- 4p.m.
(2) 2CELLO or Not 2CELLO.
Music like you’ve never heard it before.
Those looking to take in a performance at the Best Buy Theater should check out the musical styling’s of 2CELLOS on 4/22. Comprised of two sensationally talented cellists, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser take playing the cello to a whole new level of melodic artistry. Their unique style touches all genres of music, from classical and pop to even rock n’ roll. Just imagine hearing Bach one minute and AC/DC the next – and it’s all coming from the same two musicians. Everything they touch turns to harmonious gold and leaves you enraptured until the very last note. (1515 Broadway)
(3) Taste the Season.
It’s as easy as your ABC’s.
When it comes to award-winning cuisine, nobody does it better than ABC Kitchen. Home to Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this elegant establishment offers a sublime assortment of seasonal specials, which include ricotta ravioli and pan seared diver scallops, just to name a few. Not to mention their wide selection of delicious cocktails and savory desserts. (Though we highly recommend the caramelized apple pie!) Every bite will send your taste buds into overdrive and keep you coming back for more – guaranteed. (35 E. 18th St.)
(4) Sky High Happy Hour.
Witness the best view in Manhattan.
Somewhere over the Rainbow Room… lies one of the most stunning and sophisticated lounges you’ve ever seen. Located at the top of Rockefeller Plaza, SixtyFive features a wraparound outdoor terrace, allowing guests to soak in a magnificent, panoramic view of Manhattan all while sipping tasty cocktails, which includes everything from Gin & Tonics to Pennyworth Daiquiris. The atmosphere is perfect for a night out with friends as well as a romantic setting for two. You and your special someone will feel on top of the world. (30 Rockefeller Plaza)
(5) Aim High
A great way to soak up that springtime sun.
Rooftop bars are all well and good, but when it comes to the ultimate outdoor lounging experience, nothing beats NYC’s iconic High Line. What once used to be an elevated freight rail line has been miraculous transformed into a tranquil oasis. Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, this public park allows visitors to take a leisurely stroll amid the beautiful greenery with the Hudson River as a gorgeous backdrop. It’s the perfect place to grab a little fresh air and relish in that oh-so-welcome warm weather. (Gansevoort St. b/w Washington & 11th Ave.)
(6) Social Butterfly.
Get ready for a flutter of fun.
The American Museum of Natural History plays host to many fascinating exhibitions throughout the year, but none has become more cherished than The Butterfly Conservatory addition. Filled with more than 500 live butterflies of every color, this unique display transforms your surroundings into a tropical paradise and allows each visitor the chance to admire the world’s most beautiful insects in their preferred habitat. (Central Park W & 79th St.)
(7) Be a Good Sport.
A basketball showdown you don’t’ want to miss.
You haven’t truly experienced a basketball game until you’ve seen one live at NYC’s iconic Madison Square Garden. Come witness as the New York Knicks face off against their city rivals the Brooklyn Nets on 4/1 in what is guaranteed to be an action-packed display of athleticism. Slam dunks, jump shots – expect to see it all and then some as soon as these two competitive teams take the court. You’ll laugh. You’ll cheer. You’ll never want to watch another game any other way. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
(8) TriBeCa Traditions.
Experience one of Manhattan’s most prized festivals.
Prepare yourselves, entertainment buffs, because NYC’s 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival is coming to town! Running from 4/15-4/26, this 11-day event seeks to recognize and celebrate talents in film, music, and culture by transforming this downtown district into a full-blown red carpet affair. And given that the festival screens more than 100 films from around the world (which includes an SNL documentary this year), you’re more than likely to catch a glimpse of some of Hollywood’s best and brightest. So what are you waiting for? Head on down there and let the celebrity sightings commence! (tribecafilm.com)
(9) Spring Scents.
Savor the smells of the season.
Now that spring is officially in full bloom, the same can be said for your perfume collection. One visit to Viktor & Rolf is all you’ll need for the perfect scent to celebrate the change in season. Ladies will immediately fall in love with their Flowerbomb fragrance, which produces an addictive floral aroma with light whiffs of clean tea and bergamot notes – very fitting for this time of year. Your nose simply won’t know what hit it! (viktor-rolf.com)
(10) Central Park Scenery.
Spring is in full (cherry) bloom.
Those looking to trade in some of that city noise for an escape back to nature should take a stroll over to Central Park to see its various cherry blossoms all in full seasonal bloom. Tourists and residents alike love to stop and admire this gorgeous bit of scenery each year, which can also make for the ideal picnic locale. Between the beautiful aesthetics and tranquil atmosphere, it won’t take long until you’ve completely forgotten you’re even in the city all. Consider it to be the cherry atop what could prove to be a very relaxing Sunday. (centralpark.com)