Top Ten Things To Do In March

Overcome By Art
With the worthy mission of presenting new art from around the world together under one roof in New York, the 23rd-annual Armory Show is a massive gathering of significant modern and contemporary art on the banks of the Hudson River. From 3/2 to 3/5, more than 200 galleries will showcase established leaders and emerging voices in the visual arts, as exhibitors representing more than 30 countries lend a global perspective to this four-day art extravaganza. Tickets are available in single-day and run-of-show lengths, as well as for “happy hour” visits valid Thursday or Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., perfect for busy professionals.
(Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Ave. at 55th St.)

Winter Is Coming
Westeros comes to life at The World’s Most Famous Arena during the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at MSG (3/7). This immersive music and visual experience leads fans of the Emmy Award-winning show through the Seven Kingdoms, led by composer Ramin Djawadi and a full orchestra and choir. Explore King’s Landing, Winterfell, The Wall, Braavos, Meereen, and beyond during this extraordinary tour of the landmarks made famous in HBO’s vibrant television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s acclaimed fantasy novels.  (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Miss M on B’way
It would be difficult to overstate the excitement surrounding legend Bette Midler’s upcoming return to Broadway. In case you hadn’t heard, The Divine Miss M will star in Hello, Dolly!, with previews beginning on 3/15. We can’t imagine tickets will be easy to come by, but it’s well worth the effort to be a part of this historic moment, sure to be one of the season’s hottest and most talked-about. The show set box office records when it was announced, with first-day receipts of more than $9 million (!!!) and advance sales estimated at $30 million and climbing. In other words: if you can, go. (Schubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.)

New York’s Irish residents (and those who wish they were!) have strutted their stuff in honor of the Archdiocese of New York’s Patron Saint for 255 years. That’s fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. On 3/17, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will pass St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue 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 will pass on foot, directed by 2017 Grand Marshal and Limerick native Michael J. Dowling of Northwell Health. Line up anywhere along Fifth Ave. for prime viewing; we’re partial to the edge of Central Park, above 59th St. all the way to 79th. (Fifth Ave. from 44th St. to 79th St.)

NPH at BUILDSeeing Stars 
Daytime interviews and late-night shows have a glossy competitor at the BUILD Studio NYC (ongoing), a sprawling downtown space that hosts a who’s who of thought leaders and influencers for live, candid chats, interviews, and performances all of which are streamed live. Past guests of the BUILD Series have included everyone from Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern to singer Nelly Furtado to actors Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter. The schedule is constantly updating, and tickets are free. Sign up for the next guest that interests you and prepare to meet your heroes live and in person. (692 Broadway at E. 4th St.)

Nothin’ But Net
On Friday, 3/24 and Sunday, 3/26, all sports fans’ eyes will be on Madison Square Garden as the arena hosts the East Regional NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, a.k.a. March Madness. Known as one of the toughest tournaments around, this single-elimination challenge pushes top-rated college basketball programs to the limit and captivates the country. Whether you filled out and filed a bracket (or several!) or have never seen a game live, the energy is palpable and the stakes are high. Score a seat and pick a side, then cheer along as the nation’s most elite ballers battle to bring home the championship. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Sippin’ It Old School 
Billed as a trip back to pre-Prohibition New York City, the fourth-annual NYC Craft Distillers Festival at The Bowery Hotel (3/25) will feature delicious drinks and live music. Sample offerings from more than 20 craft distillers while a 1920s jazz band soundtracks the all-day, all-night speakeasy experience. More than 60 different spirits will be available for tasting, and VIP admission is also available, which gets you in an hour early to meet the distillers face to face. Food will be available for purchase, and a complimentary coat check adds to the gracious feel. Wear your Roarin’ Twenties best. (335 Bowery)

In Bloom
Every spring, the world’s largest department store transforms into a lush greenhouse of blooms and branches during the Macy’s Flower Show. This month, the massive first floor galleries will be decked out with millions of living plants and flowers, all blooming in giddy unison to announce the arrival of spring in New York City. Browse the standing and hanging gardens that smell as lovely as they look, transforming Macy’s into a blissful bounty of blossoms, then spend some time wandering the stores’ many floors (including, yes, a full floor of shoes). It’s difficult to imagine a more peaceful, seasonal, beautiful shopping experience. (151 W. 34th St.)

The Best Medicine
The Garden of Dreams Foundation makes wishes come true for children facing tough obstacles. The Garden of Laughs at the Theater at MSG (3/28) makes wishes come true for comedy fans facing the age-old question of whose one-man show to see. There’s no need to decide; with a line-up that includes Leslie Jones, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tracy Morgan, John Oliver, Chris Rock, and Bob Saget, there’s someone here for everyone. Tickets start at just $65, a bargain- basement price for this dream-come-true line-up of talent, and are sure to sell out in advance. After all, it’s for a good cause. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Down For a Good Time
Food Network fans have no shortage of places to visit in New York. (For Batali? Del Posto! For Morimoto? Morimoto! For Garces? Amada! For Flay? Gato! For Marc Forgione? American Cut!) But until now, there has been no place for Anne Burrell’s diverse fan base to enjoy a plate of her food. That all changes with the opening of Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge in Brooklyn, tentatively set for this month. With a vibe that the chef-lebrity describes as “funky, cool, and homey,” expect a menu that’s share-able and playful, including “light, medium, and heavy” plates. (196 Smith St., Brooklyn)