This weekend, we’ve got great things to #NYSeeAndDo, from concerts and film festivals to two outer-borough excursions that are totally worth the traveling. 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.
See Ms. Lauryn Hill Do “That Thing”
For a performer who could have lived on the royalties from “Killing Me Softly,” Ms. Lauryn Hill has been anything but content to rest on her considerable laurels. Tonight, she brings her bold brand of music to Brooklyn at Kings Theatre beginning at 9 p.m. At the moment, tickets are only available through second-hand retailers such as StubHub, but for a rare chance to see Ms. Hill do “That Thing” that she does live, we say it’s worth it.
Meet The Night Manager
With the Tribeca Film Festival kicking off earlier this week, your chances of bumping into a movie star on the streets of lower Manhattan have never been higher. Kick them up another notch with tonight’s AMC premiere of “The Night Manager,” followed by a conversation with director Susanne Bier and star Tom “Loki” Hiddleston himself. Co-star Hugh Laurie is not officially on the panel, but hey: this is New York. Anything can happen!
Stop and Smell the Tulips
New York’s largest public gardens may get all the glory (looking at you, Central Park!), but there are other great places to take in spring’s bountiful blossoms. Case in point: the West Side Community Garden, which bursts forth with more than 13,000 tulips each spring. Today at 2 p.m., garden member and New York Botanical Garden educator Trish O’Sullivan will teach a flower arranging class among the blossoms, so you can enjoy the garden and take a nosegay home to your sweetie.
Watch Baseball in the Bronx
Take the B train. Or the D train, or the 4 train. Hop out at 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx. If you don’t already know where we’re going with this, you’re obviously not a baseball fan, but you will be after today’s adventure: with warm, sunny weather in the forecast and the Seattle Mariners (and reviled 2B defector Robi Cano) in town, this is the perfect day to see the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m., but you’ll want to arrive early to stroll through Monument Park and the New York Yankees Museum. Grab a hot dog during the seventh inning stretch, of course, but save room for dinner; we suggest NYY Steak, a luxury chophouse located right inside the stadium.
Get Cultured for Free
The Morgan Library is celebrating their 10th anniversary with free admission all weekend long, including a wealth of fun cultural programming. Today from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., see live classical music; from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., it’s jazz. An ongoing Instagram photo contest will allow you to participate in the festivities, while docents will lead special tours all day at no additional charge. This is an exclusive and unusual chance to experience this cultural stronghold without an admission fee, and you can bet we’ll see you there.
Drag a Friend to Brunch
Normally, our favorite thing about Señor Frog’s is their “Beat the Clock” happy hour (think $3 drinks from 3:00 until 3:59, $4 drinks from 4:00 until 4:59, etc.) But on Sundays, their Drag Brunch drags us right out of bed with bottomless cocktails and a hearty meal for just $45. And sure, unlimited cocktails are appealing, but the real attraction here is the entertainment: queens Epiphany, Bootsie Lefaris, Ebonee Excell, Jada Valenciaga, and Sugga Pie Koko are as strong and spicy as the very best Bloody Mary.
Go a Little Mad
This is the first weekend of previews for the hotly anticipated Broadway run of “American Psycho,” and today’s 3 p.m. performance is a prime opportunity to see the hottest young cast on the Great White Way perfect their craft ahead of the show’s premiere. Studly leading man Benjamin Walker channels his acclaimed performances as Brick in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and the titular character in Broadway’s last great presidential success story, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” plus a bone-chilling, bespoke-suited calm, as Patrick Bateman in this gloriously gory musical.
Get Outta Town
On a sunny April Sunday with highs forecast in the 70s and not a cloud in sight, it’s time to get out of the concrete jungle for a moment and enjoy some alternative scenery. Today’s mission: get to know The Forgotten Borough: Staten Island! Today also happens to be the Bike the Boros Half-Century ride, a 50-mile traverse of the city’s greenest borough, and it concludes with a festival that’s open to the public at Flagship Brewery. From 12 noon until 4 p.m., stop by to enjoy food and drink from the brewery and local food trucks, then hop back on the Staten Island Ferry for stunning late-afternoon views of the Financial District on your return to Manhattan.