Summer is inching closer and we’re primed and ready to #NYSeeAndDo some of our favorite seasonal activities: song-of-the-summer jams, sunny days on the boardwalk, and leisurely weekend brunches. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitter and Instagram, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndSo to possibly be included in a future post.
Feel So Good
Those bad, bad, bad, bad boys. They make us feel so good. Well, us and about 18,000 other New Yorkers – attonight’s Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at the Barclays Center. In honor of what would have been Christopher “Biggie” Wallace’s 44th birthday, his famous friends Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Ma$e, Faith Evans, and more will play to a hometown crowd, featuring cameos from Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. Throw your hands in the ay-er, if you’s a true player.
Sip Some Beetlejuice
Whether you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s macabre Edward Scissorhands or charmed by his quirky Big Fish, you’ll find a potent potable with your name on it at Beetle House NYC, a new bar and restaurant in the East Village serving food and drinks inspired by the iconic director’s inimitable style. Pretend it’s October (this unseasonably chilly spring will surely help!) and sip a This is Halloween! with Fireball, pumpkin liqueur, sour apple pucker, and apple cider while debating the merits of Johnny Depp’s bold acting choices.
Eat Like Mad
Venture into Madison Square Park this weekend, and you’ll find Foodie Heaven, also known as Mad. Sq. Eats. From 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., vendors from all over New York descend on the centrally located park, hawking street food that ranges from Bar Suzette’s tender made-to-order crepes to fresh lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound to legendary Roberta’s pizza. Come hungry and tour New York in less than one square city block.
Bring the Bling
As long as you’re in Madison Square Park (and too full to even think about visiting Shake Shack…right?), digest and take in the spectacle that is Big Bling, a newly installed 40-foot temporary multi-tier sculpture from artist Martin Puryear. The wooden behemoth is Puryear’s largest temporary outdoor sculpture, and evokes diverse shapes and meanings, from an elephant or Trojan horse to the literal “bling” of its crowning gold shackle. Flashy.
Update Your Bucket List
As if we needed any more reasons to see the white-hot New York Mets beat up their rivals this spring: today at Citi Field, the team takes on the Milwaukee Brewers at 4:10 p.m., and the first 15,000 fans in attendance will score a free Mets bucket hat courtesy of Coca-Cola. We suggest a ride on the 7 train to Flushing Chinatown for dim sum (ahem, Joe’s Shanghai soup dumplings), then arriving early at the stadium to score the loot and root, root, root for the Amazins.
Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones, and Butter was must-read material for anyone interested in the NYC restaurant scene when it debuted a few years ago; today, as then, the chef is mostly content to let her food do the talking at her East Village mainstay Prune. Waiting for a table at brunch is a New York rite of passage, and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with the chance to sample one of their house Bloody Marys, such as the Danish (aquavit, fresh fennel, and marinated white anchovy) or the Ceasar (Boodles gin, clam juice, and a pickled egg).
Fly Away Home
Happy Migration Month! Throughout May, The Bronx Zoo is celebrating our region’s migratory birds, and you’re invited to join in the fun. Dissect an owl pellet, to learn more about the great winged predators that patrol our forests, or watch a live bird show, featuring macaws, falcons, hawks, vultures, and more. In addition, DJ Ecotone will soundtrack the day with wildlife recordings and original compositions inspired by the sounds of nature. Sweet music, indeed.
Cheer for the Good Guys
Spoiler alert: they’re all good guys in the annual FDNY/NYPD Fun City Bowl, a football game that pits the Finest against the Bravest, with proceeds supporting the organizations’ favorite charities. This year’s game at MCU Park is back within the five boroughs for the first time in a decade, and the $20 tickets also include a box seat to a home game of the Brooklyn Cyclones, plus discounted admission to Luna Park and the New York Aquarium. Great game-day action, great perks, and a great cause.