Top 10 Things To Do In March

Ireland Forever

Ireland Forever!

New York’s Famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade Marches On This March

A 250+-year tradition, New York’s Irish (and those who wish they were!) have strut their stuff in honor of the Archdiocese of New York’s Patron Saint since four years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. On 3/17, the parade proudly passes St. Patrick’s Cathedral at Fifth Ave. and 50th St. en route to the Irish Historical Society, with six hours of music, marchers, and mayhem. A strict rule forbids floats, so the 150,000+ members of the parade pass by on foot. Line up anywhere along Fifth Ave. for prime viewing; we’re partial to the edge of Central Park, from 59th St. north. (Fifth Ave. from 44th St. to 79th St.)

Nothin’ But Net

The A-10 Basketball Championship Comes to Brooklyn

Despite recent conference shuffles, the Atlantic 10 remains one of college basketball’s most dynamic and talent-rich conferences, and participating schools will rally for the conference title and its accompanying automatic bid into the NCAA tournament beginning on 3/9 at Barclays Center. Fans hail from far and wide to cheer their alma mater as UMass and Fordham face off against St. Joe’s and Dayton. With room for more than 17,000 devotees to follow the games, you should have no trouble scoring a ticket, so choose a side and root them on as college basketball gears up for Selection Sunday – fittingly, held on 3/13, the final day of the tournament. (620 Atlantic Ave.)

Spring in Your Step

Herald a New Season at Macy’s Annual Flower Show

Each year, the world’s largest department store transforms into a lush greenhouse of blooms and branches during the Macy’s Flower Show. From 3/20-4/3, the massive first floor galleries are decked out floor to ceiling in millions of living plants and flowers, all blooming in giddy unison to announce the arrival of spring in New York. This year’s theme, America the Beautiful, will surely include indigenous plants from across the nation, all artfully constructed into standing and hanging gardens that smell as lovely as they look – transforming Macy’s into a blissful bounty of blossoms. (151 W. 34th St.)

Lateral Move-Met

The Whitney Moves Downtown; The Met Breuer is Born

Honoring their decades-long commitment to preserving and sharing exceptional art and architecture, the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the Marcel Breuer-designed space on 75th and Madison when The Whitney relocated to the High Line. This month, they will debut the expansive-yet-intimate new home to their 20th– and 21st-century collections. An ongoing series of exhibitions, performances, commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives will transform the iconic building into a vibrant, living structure and a natural outgrowth from the Met’s sprawling home a few blocks away on Fifth Avenue; dueling inaugural exhibitions include “unfinished” works from Jackson Pollock and a single-artist showcase of Indian post-Independence painter Nasreen Mohamedi. (945 Madison Ave.)

Find LOVE at MSG

Serena Williams Headlines the 4th-Annual BNP Paribas Showdown

She may have come up short at the U.S. Open, but on 3/8, tennis phenom Serena Williams is back in New York for the BNP Paribas Showdown, an indoor match that features the greatest women’s tennis player of all time squaring off against friend and former World #1 Caroline Wozniacki.  The pre-match match-up is similarly exciting, pitting World #4 Stan Wawrinka against popular favorite Frenchman Gael Monfils in both players’ first-ever match at The Garden.  But the main event is, of course, the highlight: an exceptionally intimate opportunity to see 21-time Grand Slam Champion Williams in the heart of Manhattan. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Rock and Roll All Night & Party Every Day

Start Early with Day & Night Brunch Club at Highline Ballroom

Zagat compares Day & Night to having brunch at Studio 54: the ultimate party, and one of the only ones that kicks off while the sun is still shining.  Beginning at 2 p.m. on 3/12, revelers gather for an hours-long shindig featuring world-class DJs and magnums of champagne to fuel what The New York Times famously called “the 3 p.m. brunch with the 4 a.m. vibe.”  Dress to impress and shake off your hangover from the night before with exclusive cocktails, high-end brunch fare, and “champagne wars,” pitting favorites like Dom Perignon and Moet against one another in a bubbly battle royale worthy of the wee hours – all before sunset. (431 W. 16th St.)

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Talkin’ ‘Bout Their Generation: The Who Hits 50! at Madison Square Garden

They’ve come along way from “Teenage Wasteland”: on 3/3, long-time bandmates and musical pioneers Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend bring their inimitable brand of high-volume, high-energy rock and roll to 18,000 lucky fans at Madison Square Garden.  Expect a hits-heavy playlist of their most famous anthems, plus a few lesser-known gems spanning their entire five-decade career as one of the most enduring acts in rock history.  Tickets from the postponed October 27 show will be honored, and a limited number are still available, including VIP packages with guaranteed first-three-rows seating, a pre-show open bar, and exclusive merchandise. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Egg-streme Elegance

“Sunday Finest” Redefined at the Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday, 3/27, New York’s best dressed take to the streets: Fifth Avenue, that is, proudly strolling in their holiday finest. Far less organized than a traditional parade, the Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival recalls an era when churchgoers would promenade after Easter services in their Sunday apparel, and has grown to include stunning feats of millinery (and engineering). Break out a bonnet of your own; some of our favorites have included hat-shaped homages to NYC landmarks, but you can’t go wrong with a few colorful silk flowers and a smile. (Fifth Ave. from 47th St. to 59th St.)

Hudson River Line Drawing

The Armory Show Brings World-Class Art to NYC’s Western Shore

With the worthy mission of presenting new art from around the world together under one roof in New York, the 22nd-annual Armory Show is an unparalleled gathering of modern and contemporary art on the banks of the Hudson River. From 3/3-3/6, more than 200 galleries showcase established leaders and emerging voices in the visual arts, and commissioned Artist Kapwani Kiwanga will contribute to the design of the catalogue, present an on-site project, and produce exclusive limited-edition artwork to benefit the Museum of Modern Art. Exhibitors representing more than three dozen countries lend a global perspective to this four-day art extravaganza. (Piers 92 & 94)

Master of His Domain

Hometown hero Jerry Seinfeld returns to the Upper West Side at The Beacon Theatre.

A couple dozen blocks south of the diner that will forever cue slap bass solos echoing in the heads of sitcom fans across America, Jerry Seinfeld is back on Broadway on 3/2: upper Broadway, that is, performing his new stand-up residency “The Homestand.” The comedian has come a long way from buddying around with Kramer, George, and Elaine. But thanks to his new web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” he’s back on the tips of tongues and back on his number-one stage. Seinfeld calls The Beacon Theatre his favorite in New York; see if it’s yours, too, with tickets starting at $79. (2124 Broadway)