Bacon! Beer! Bruce! Ballet! This weekend, there’s more than ever to #NYSeeAndDo as we move into the heart of the spring. Whether you’re looking for fun new ways to enjoy the sunshine outdoors or a transportive escape within a movie theater or concert hall, we’ve got you covered. 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.
Go Hog Wild
Tonight kicks off the three-day Bacon & Beer Classic at Citi Field, perhaps the only reason better than the suddenly unstoppable Mets to visit Flushing. Dozens of restaurants and breweries will converge on the stadium with all the – you guessed it – beer and bacon your heart could possibly desire. $79 per person gets you in from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., with all the food and craft beer you can eat and drink, plus interactive games and a souvenir glass. Oink.
Skate, Rattle, and Roll
For some retro fun on a Friday night, hop across the East River to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where the newly reopened Roller Skating Rink hosts a public skate from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Admission is just $8, and skate rental will set you back another $6, while a playlist of Top 40 hits soundtracks your roll – all within view of the stunning Brooklyn Bridge. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, treat yourself to a pie at Grimaldi’s before you head back across the river to Manhattan.
See What Lies Beneath
Once the world’s tallest skyscraper, New York’s Woolworth Building has been closed to tourists since September 2001 for security reasons. Today, Untapped Cities is leading a tour of this underexplored landmark, including the spectacular marble lobby and intricate basement level, which once housed its very own subway stop. For $45 per person, you’ll see a part of New York that few can claim to have explored, including the bank vault and the engine room that once powered and lighted this iconic part of the skyline.
Take “The River Tour”
Tonight, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band bring “The River Tour” to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. It’s The Boss’s first visit to the arena, and will feature an in-sequence performance of the 20 songs from his 1980 double album “The River,” plus all the classics you’re dying to hear (looking at you, Rosalita!) We suggest dinner before the show at the on-site branch of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, because why not make it a night of nothing but great music?
Say Goodbye to a Classic
With the news that Vietnamese restaurant Mekong will serve their last dish on April 28, in-the-know NYC diners have been dropping by in droves to bid the neighborhood gathering spot farewell. Grub Street posted a poignant obituary for the restaurant, cementing its status as one of the city’s departed gems, and this weekend is your last chance to say you were there. As more and newer restaurants debut each day in the city, that’s an opportunity you simply can’t pass up.
Celebrate Earth Day all month long this April, with Arbor Fest 2016 at the Queens Botanical Garden. For $10 per person, you’ll be admitted to an all-ages party featuring a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, bouncy houses, face painting, games, garden tours, and a beer garden. Bubbleton Bubbles will host a three-hour “bubble performance,” and tours and bird walks are included in the price of admission. So show Mother Earth some love – or raise a pint in her honor.
See Tribeca Off in Style
#ICYMI: The Tribeca Film Festival has been in full swing since last week, and today is your last chance to catch a screening before next year. Regal Cinemas Battery Park will have most of the award screenings, but Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea and SVA Theatre are also hosting films, talks, and other events today as the festival draws to a close. Check out the Schedule and consider trying for Rush Tickets if the show you have in mind is sold out.
Raise the Barre
Today, the New York City Ballet will present an ode to 21st Century Choreographers, bringing the refined art of dance into the modern era. Three pieces will explore contemporary dance at its finest, including “Everywhere We Go,” set to Sufjan Stevens’ first orchestral work, a nine-part cinematic score brought to life by 25 of the company’s spectacularly talented dancers. Tickets start at just $60 per person for this three-part performance, staged at legendary Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.