Happy Leap Weekend! If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to kiss short-and-sweet February goodbye and looking ahead to March and spring, one of our [four] favorite seasons to #NYSeeAndDo. So let’s indulge in some last wintry goodness and warm ourselves up as we look ahead to a new month and a new season. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitter andInstagram, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndDo to possibly be included in a future post!
Warm up with one of Bottle Rocket’s month-long daily whiskey tastings. Tonight is Angel’s Envy (and you’ll totally incite our envy, too, with a pour of this bangin’ bourbon!), with Mars Shinsu and Balcones & Breckenridge on tap for Saturday and Sunday – and a bonus, classic malts of Scotland, on Leap Day Monday! Gulp.
Feel the Force
Just in case you haven’t seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it’s still playing at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Follow up a screening with a tour of Discovery Times Square’s Star Wars and the Power of Costume, featuring 70 iconic costumes from the first six films, plus seven special pieces from the latest installment of George Lucas’s space opera. May the force be with you. Know before you go! Check out our interview with DTSQ here.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
Today marks the opening of the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchidelirium, this year’s dazzling installment of their annual orchid show. Learn about the orchid hunters who braved the depths of jungles to return rare and prized specimens for collectors in the 19th century, then gawk at thousands of the prized precious blooms in the dizzyingly immersive exhibition.
Run Away to the Circus
They might not let you join, but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Legends are at Barclays Center today, flying through the air with the greatest of ease and taming lions. This show features top attractions from the circus’s century-plus history, so expect the highest heights, the most fearsome creatures, and the most exotic acts under the big top, all accompanied by a special concessions line-up of circus-friendly fare. They supply the elephants; we buy the popcorn.
Get Something for Nothing
Admission to New York’s Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays, which makes today the perfect day to visit and indulge in a meal at the museum’s brand-new Russ & Daughters outpost, the iconic deli’s first outside of the Lower East Side. Grab a bagel with a schmear, then marvel at Sights and Sounds, featuring works from 25 artists around the world.
Ask for Oscar
As Los Angeles gears up for one of their biggest nights of the year, we’re celebrating here in NYC, as well. Whoever you have in your Oscar Pool, you’ll want to watch at The Bowery Ballroom, hosting an Oscars viewing party with real-time commentary from comedians, writers, and pop culture experts (and, not for nothing, a far more diverse panel than the nominees). Prefer a more active celebration? Tip your hat to Leo, making a strong push for his first Oscar in The Revenant, with a visit to the grizzly bear at the Central Park Zoo. Knocked out by Saorise Ronan in Brooklyn? Celebrate her immigrant’s journey with a visit to Ellis Island, then recreate the film’s Irish and Italian love story with dinner at downtown Italian mainstay Cipriani Club 55, followed by cocktails at Irish-inspired speakeasy The Dead Rabbit. Feeling adventurous after seeing The Martian? Check out Dark Universe at the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater at the American Museum of Natural History. Pulling for Sly Stallone after his comeback performance in Creed? Grab a cheesesteak (on a Philadelphia-baked Amoroso’s roll) at Shorty’s.