No #NYSeeAndDo this weekend. April Fools! As always, we’ve got plenty of bright ideas for you, including a good laugh, a great bike ride, and a gorge-worthy food fest. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitter
, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndDo to possibly be included in a future post. No foolin’!
Knicks vs Nets at MSG
Get the Last Laugh
Want more than one comedian for your April Fooling? How about five, plus host Tracy Morgan? The Hot 97 April Fools Comedy Show
will take over Madison Square Garden tonight beginning at 8 p.m.
, and a very limited number of tickets are still available. This is one of the best opportunities to see Morgan since his comeback performance on SNL, and you can bet that New Yorkers will be out in droves to support the Bronx-born hometown favorite.
Choose a Side
With the NBA season winding down, you’ve got one last chance to catch New York’s second-greatest cross-town rivalry before baseball takes over: tonight
at 7:30 p.m.
, the Brooklyn Nets visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden
. The Knicks are technically the home team here, but we say as long as you’re cheering for a New York team, you’re okay with us.
“Dry Powder” at The Public Theater
Patronize the Arts
Procuring original artwork can be prohibitively expensive – but it shouldn’t be. At least that’s the thinking behind this weekend’s Affordable Art Fair, where from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today, you can browse one-of-a-kind pieces that range in price from $100 to $5,000. Whether you’re outfitting an apartment here in the city or looking for an unusual souvenir of your visit to New York, this is an opportunity to expand your horizons and bring home a work of art all your own.
See How It’s Done
How many reasons do you need to see a play? We can give you four: “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail and stars Hank Azaria, Claire Danes, and John Krasinski (make that five, if you include his newly beefed-up physique!) in “Dry Powder” at The Public Theater
. We’d say more about the plot, but let’s be honest: this would be a master class even if they were performing the phone book.
Put the Pedal to the Metal
With highs near 60 and sunny skies, this is a perfect spring day for some sightseeing. Our pick combines iconic views with light exercise: Blazing Saddles’ Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour
. You’ll travel from South Street Seaport past City Hall and over the famed bridge to Brooklyn, with sprawling views of the Financial District, One World Trade, and even the Statue of Liberty. Return via the Manhattan Bridge for even more views – then swing into Watermark
once you get back to the seaport and indulge in a riverside lunch. You’ve earned it.
Ramen Burger at Smorgasburg
A sure sign that spring has come to New York? The annual return of Smorgasburg
, a weekend-long food festival that features 100 vendors hawking everything from fresh lobster rolls and slow-smoked barbecue to the requisite artisanal pickles (hey, it’s in Brooklyn!). Today from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
, Smorgasburg Prospect Park
makes its 2016 debut, so make your way Breeze Hill (near Lakeside and Lincoln Dr.) – and come hungry.
Which is more dangerous: a ping-pong ball, or a bowling ball? How can we see sound in fire? When does lying on a bed of nails not hurt? Discover the unexpected answers to these questions and more at “That Physics Show” at the Elektra Theatre
. With shows at 12 noon and 3 p.m.
, there’s never been a better time to go “back to school” with real-life mad scientist David Maiullo and hundreds of physics experiments that are way more interesting than you remember from high school.
There are no sweeter words to a baseball fan’s ears than these: Opening. Day. (Okay, maybe “World Series Champions.”) Tonight’s the big night for the Mets, with an 8:37 p.m. game time at the (you guessed it) World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. New Yorkers in Queens and beyond are still smarting from last year’s brutal World Series loss, so this rematch will kick off the season on an emotional high note. Get in the spirit at Foley’s NY (home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame) with a beer and a David Wright Sandwich, named for the Mets vet; a portion of proceeds are donated to his foundation, so you’ll be doing good while you root, root, root for the home team.
1. Newsday / Jim McIsaac