NY-See And Do This Weekend

Welcome to the weekend! (We’re almost there, right?) This spring-ish weather has us more excited than ever to #NYSeeAndDo some new things – from Broadway to basketball to brunch in the sky. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitter and Instagram, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndDo to possibly be included in a future post!

Friday 3/11

She Loves Me

She Loves Me (photo from theatermania.com)

Get Happy
As the warmest work week of 2016 to date comes to a close, happy hour is sure to be in full swing on Stone Street, the tough-to-find but totally worth it pedestrian alley where Wall Street goes to unwind. The cobblestoned street is closed to traffic and studded with communal tables, and the excellent bars and restaurants throw wide their doors, staging a street festival every night at 5 p.m. We’re partial to mainstayStone Street Tavern or craft beer mecca The Growler, but the truth is: on a balmy spring evening, you really can’t go wrong here.
Fall in Love
With a new Broadway season beginning, there’s more than ever to take in on the Great White Way. Tonight at8 p.m., headliners Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, and Jane Krakowski present one of the final previews of She Loves Me, a delightfully campy revival that follows two anonymous pen-pals who also (twist!) happen to be co-workers. The show officially opens on March 17, so get in now, then brag that you saw it first when yourco-workers can’t stop talking about the mind-blowing ensemble in this romantic musical comedy.

Saturday 3/12

Santina

Santina (photo from ny.eater.com)

Dine Al Fresco
63 and sunny is our kind of forecast. Fuel up for a sunny day at Santina, where the egg sandwich comes with bacon, fontina, and green chili, or double-down on healthy eats with a kale-sunchoke salad with pomegranate. Either way, you’ll want to choose a table outdoors and drink in this early taste of spring, then take a wander around the endlessly Instagrammable Meat Packing District and West Village.
Laugh Out Loud
Silent movies may be a thing of the past, but the New York Public Library has come up with a novel new way to enjoy them: their Silent Clowns Film Series at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. At 2 p.m., see five silent classics with live piano accompaniment from pianist and historian Ben Model, all filmed from 1923 to 1929. The event is free, and the queue opens one hour before show time.
Go Big [East] or Go Home
With the NCAA basketball season winding down and Selection Sunday looming (see “Win, and Take All” on Sunday), get a sneak peek at one team stamping their ticket to The Dance and March Madness with the final game of the Big East Tournament at 5:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.  31 of the tourney’s 32 automatic bids go to tournament winners, and with more parity than ever in college ball this year, there’s never been a better time to watch and cheer.

Sunday 3/13

Selection Sunday

Selection Sunday (photo from Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)

 

Travel Over the Rainbow
When it comes to Sunday brunch, few places do it better than Rockefeller Center’s storied, stories-highRainbow Room. For $125 per person, you get a la carte brunch, plus cocktail and dessert stations around the grand room and live music from this week’s featured performer, Dandy Wellington. Reservations start at11 a.m., and business casual is de rigeur, so style out your Sunday and start at the top of the city.
Study the Skyline
With the forecast looking sunny and bright, it’s a perfect day to gawk at the gleaming spires of Manhattan’s skyline with an AIANY Architecture Tour. Board a 1920s-style yacht and depart at 1:45 p.m. from Chelsea Piers for nearly three hours on the water, circumnavigating Manhattan Island and getting to know the iconic towers that make the city an unforgettable panorama, from classics like the Chrysler Building to soaring new One World Trade, the highest building in the Western Hemisphere. A complimentary glass of beer, wine, or champagne is included, and a full bar and light snacks are available for purchase on board.
Win, and Take All
Today’s a big day in college hoops: it’s Selection Sunday, when 68 teams get the invitation of a lifetime to compete in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. In Brooklyn, you can find out live which team will earn the automatic bid reserved for the Atlantic 10 conference winner at 12:30 p.m. at Barclays Center. Watch the game live, then retire to nearby Hill Country for barbecue and beer; surely if you ask nicely, the bartenders will put the selection show on the TVs (but you’ll already know at least two teams that are going to The Dance!)