It’s [almost] the freakin’ weekend, and we’re about to have us some fun. With the rain finally clearing the skies and sunshine in the forecast at last, we’ve got some fun outdoor activities (32 miles’ worth, to be exact, plus peanuts and Cracker Jack), along with several chances to see Tony and GRAMMY winners and nominees (and the next big things), all over town. 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.
Root, Root, Root for the Home Team
Following last week’s sweep, the Bronx Bombers invite hated rivals the Boston Red Sox to 161st St. and River Ave.tonight at 7:05 p.m. for the first of a weekend-long, three-game series. Can the Yankees stop their spring skid and even the score? Will Mark Teixiera stub a toe and land on the 60-day DL? Are the Red Sox still covertly swilling beers in the dugout? The only way to know is to go. This is the greatest rivalry in sports, and anything can happen.
Thank the Tonys
Any time is a great time to see a Broadway show, but tonight you’ll have a particularly good shot at tickets to shows that have been on the Great White Way for more than a year. Why? Because Tony nominations came out this week, and people will be clamoring to see those shows before the awards are announced on June 12. Be all sneaky-like and visit the TKTS Booth in Times Square or Broadway Direct’s Lottery Site for in-person and online deals on tickets to such standard-bearers as Wicked and The Lion King, instead. You sly dog.
Saunter the Perimeter
If you’re looking to spend an entire day exploring Manhattan, today is a special one: Shorewalkers present their Great Saunter, a 32-mile, 12-hour walk around the entire perimeter of the island. The walk begins and ends at historicFraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan, passing up the West Side and down the East Side through the city’s famed parks, beneath the George Washington and Brooklyn Bridges, past Gracie Mansion and the Little Red Lighthouse. Advance registration is required ($20 per person), and we strongly recommend a sturdy pair of sneakers, but: this is a New York experience like no other, and if you’re up for the exertion, it is not to be missed.
Today and tomorrow, downtown’s skyline changes shape, if only temporarily: the soaring sails of the Louis Vuitton American’s Cup World Series catamarans will rip across New York Harbor. Prime viewing is available at Brookfield Place, where all six teams (including defending champs Oracle Team USA) will pass by the tip of Manhattan Island. Expect food vendors and other goings-on, all centered around the zippy boats, to begin at 11 a.m. and carry on throughout the day. The race kicks off at 2 p.m., and competitors will be available to sign posters for fans after the main event.
Get a Laugh for a Song
Here’s a holiday we bet you’ve never heard of: Free Comic Book Day. No, we’re not making it up, and no, it’s not new: since 2002, independent comic book stores have given out free comics on the first Saturday in May. That means that today only, you can swing into such landmarks as St. Marks Comics and Forbidden Planet to kick-start your comic book collection – or add to an existing haul – totally free. BAM! POW! KA-BOOM!
Be King of Queens
Kings County (a.k.a. Brooklyn) may get a lot of love for their trend-setting Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea, but Queens County (a.k.a., ahem, Queens) is no slouch. Today from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., check out LIC Flea & Food, the borough’s answer to Brooklyn and a lively, diverse gathering of food vendors from La Maison du Souffle to Bulldog Burgery. Their summer Music Fest isn’t until August, but we recommend that you start making friends with your favorite artisanal pickle vendors now, so you can hang at their booth while the bands play.
Dress to the Nines (or the 010101s)
In case you missed it (read: in case you’re not on Twitter), the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted their annual Met Gala this week, celebrating this year’s Met Costume Institute exhibit, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. The exhibit features more than 150 ensembles influenced by tech as primitive as the sewing machine and as contemporary as 3D printing. The museum shop will also showcase a collection of accessories and jewelry influenced and inspired by the exhibit, so you can take a piece of the glamour home – even if it’s not Claire Danes’ one-of-a-kind, light-up Zac Posen ball gown or Beyonce’s latex ensemble from the #MetGala.
Un-Break Your Heart
Whether you grew up writhing along to the video for “You’re Makin’ Me High” or first heard Toni Braxton singing “Another Sad Love Song” on Delilah’s evening radio show, tonight’s the night to see the diva live at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre. The show, part of their GRAMMY Park Presents series, will feature Next Big Thing Andra Day as the opening act, followed by an electrifying performance from the seven-time GRAMMY winner herself. If there was ever a time to bust out that all-white suit you’ve been saving and wear it without a camisole, this is it.