This weekend is a musical one here in New York, as we celebrate our down-south pals in New Orleans and their annual Jazz Fest, sing at the tops of our lungs to dueling pianos, and collectively mourn our youth as a 90s pop icon turns 20 (really!). There’s also wine, and costumes, and an entire seasons’ worth of springtime flowers, so get out there and #NYSeeAndDo something new. 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.
DIY Jazz Fest
New Orleans’ legendary annual Jazz Fest is one of the only events outside of New York that we truly envy. Lucky for us, we can capture some of the magic right here at home with Happy Hour and DJ Sets at Bourbon Street. Their daily drink specials run through 8 p.m., and DJs come on at 9 p.m. Sure, it’s not exactly sitting on the dock of the bay listening to the live performances down on the real Bourbon Street, but for a NoLa fix without leaving midtown, it ain’t bad.
Take Flight After Dark
Now that spring is here to stay, we have no excuse to whine about the weather. Rather, we’re wine-ing about it at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, an NYC gem offering top-notch pours by the glass and by the bottle. Their monthly changing Tasting Flights are a perfect way to explore unusual wines, and with only two days left in April, tonight’s the night to sample their Portuguese flight before it changes for May. We’re also big fans of Aldo After Dark, featuring a bottle hand-chosen by the bar’s owner and namesake every evening beginning at 9 p.m..
Cosplay Among the Flowers
Today kicks off the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom festival, a weekend-long extravaganza featuring performances, cultural curiosities, and costumes. Revelers spend all year prepping their anime-inspired costumes for the festival, but you won’t be shunned for showing up in your street clothes to see what all the fuss is about. Expect live music, Japanese tea ceremonies, and of course, acres and acres of beautiful spring blossoms.
Sing Us a Song (You’re the Piano Man)
What could be more quintessentially New York than Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos at B.B. King Times Square? These all-request rock’n’roll parties feature everything from Bruce to Bon Jovi to (yes) Billy Joel, with revelers singing, swaying, and drinking along. The gig kicks off at 10:30 p.m., so grab a bite first at Five Napkin Burger nearby to fortify yourself for a full evening of fun and music. And if you’re too amped to go straight home, grab a frosty frozen nightcap at Réunion Surf Bar, open late.
Reach for the Sky
In addition to some of the world’s best musicians, New York also sees the cream of the DJ crop. But few names arouse as much excitement as Tony Humphries, whose 35-year career is among the most illustrious and successful of any of the great Mastermixers. Tonight, he’s spinning at Meatpacking District hotspot Cielo, with an epic six-hour set that will last from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. What to expect? It’s hard to say; Humphries’ style has always been all his own, integrating unusual and unexpected songs into his fluid set lists. The one thing you can be sure of is a good time.
Meet Some Shady Ladies
Today at 11 a.m., join Professor Andrew Lear for an unusual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Shady Ladies,” featuring the courtesans, royal mistresses, and other scandalous women immortalized among the museum’s peerless collection of art. For $45 per person, you’ll enjoy a three-hour tour that kicks off next to the Sphinx statue in the Great Hall and includes influential women throughout centuries of history. Get to know their stories – and find out why painters and sculptors from ancient Greece to John Singer Sargent included them in their most famed pieces of art.
Remember “This Fire”
Whether you were an avid “Dawson’s Creek” fan or just happened upon an episode of “TRL” once on MTV, if you were anywhere near a television set in the 1990s, you’ll recognize songbird Paula Cole, whose 1996 album “This Fire” earned her a Grammy nomination and legions of young fans. 20 years later, she’s celebrating by performing the album in its entirety tonight at City Winery, with tickets starting at just $30 for this one-of-a-kind performance. Maybe she’ll even answer the age-old question: where have all the cowboys gone?