Spring is in the air in New York City. The city seems so much more alive now that the harsh winter is behind us. Puffer coats have all but been put away, trees have begun to flower and my favourite sign of the season - al fresco dining is an option again! The warmer temperatures mean April is full of outdoor fun. Here's what is taking place in NYC this month:
Pardon me, DC folks but there is no need to trek to the Nation's capital for cherry blossoms. The BBG once again looks forward to full blooms this month. Since they blossom for such a short time, keep up to date with this map which is updated every weekday. If you can, time your visit with Sakura Matsuri, which falls on the weekend of the 27th and 28th.
If Orchids are more your thing, then trek up to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx for the annual Orchid Show. Stroll through the lush gardens (worth a trip up there for this alone) to the Observatory where there will be a showcase of orchids in a myriad of colours and varieties. Remember when it housed waterlilies last Autumn? Similarly, there will be evening concerts, potting classes, lectures and guided tours.
1. Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
2. The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens: until April 22
3. Shoe Obsession at the Museum at the F.I.T.: until April 13th
The latest exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is right up my alley. "Shoe Obsession" is a display of fabulous footwear from the the last decade, with an emphasis on the statement heel. The exhibit features over 150 designs from major fashion houses and avant garde designers. I am most looking forward to seeing pairs lent for the exhibit by Daphne Guinness and Lynn Ban. The best part, if the idea of glamorous shoes were not enough, this exhibit (and all other exhibits at this museum) are always free.
4. Tribeca Film Festival: April 17 - 28
Created by Robert De Niro in 2002 to revitalise lower Manhattan after 9/11, the city's largest indie film fest is once again upon us. This month's festival will feature films by acclaimed directors like Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). There will also be a selection of documentaries on Richard Pryor, Gore Vidal and Muhammad Ali. As always, there will be a post-show Q&As with filmmakers as well as panel discussions throughout the festival. Tickets are available for purchase here.
5. NYC Pillow Fight: April 6
6. Macy's Flower Show: until April 7