Compiled by Sara Maher
If your primary interests include “drunk” and “slam dunk,” March is pretty fun for you. You can forget about the solid-or-slush debate that you and your boots just lost by getting down and boozy in a bar with big TVs. But if your outlook is a little more, shall we say, worldly, March is also Women’s History Month and Irish-American History Month, and history is anything but boring.
Obligatory Sporting Event
March Madness is in full swing at the Garden. Start out small with the PSAL Championships, featuring the top NYC high school basketball teams, before checking out the New York Knicks. If you prefer blood over balls, the Rangers’ regular hockey season runs through April 9, or there’s McMayhem in Midtown, a boxing match between FDNY Bravest Boxing and the Irish National Police Force Boxing Club.
F downtown to 34th-Herald Square and walk west on 34th to 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. PSAL Championships are Sat Mar14; girls’ AA championship at 11am and boys’ AA championship at 1pm. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets and info at PSAL.org. The Knicks play Tue Mar 17 at 7:30pm, Thu Mar 19 at 7:30pm, Mon Mar 23 at 7:30pm, Wed Mar 25 at 7pm, and Fri Mar 27 at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $75. Full season schedules and tickets for the Knicks and the Rangers at thegarden.com/sporting-events. McMayhem on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. theateratmsg.com/mcmayhem
Obligatory Holiday Parade
NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is older than the city itself, celebrating its 253rd year. Mayor de Blasio is skipping this year in favor of a more, er, inclusive fête, but you can see the City’s Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan as Grand Marshal (and there will still be plenty of bagpipes). Wear green!
F downtown to 42nd-Bryant Park and find a spot along Fifth Avenue; parade runs north on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Streets. Tuesday, March 17 starting at 11:00 a.m. and continuing to late afternoon. Free. nycstpatricksparade.org
Women’s History Month: Women in Art
Beginning in 1990, NYC-based photographer Barbara Yoshida traveled the world conducting a photographic study of the female artists who preceded her. Yoshida captured everyone from sculptors to textile artisans to create 100 Portraits of Women Artists, “an inclusive survey of women artists who have broken through barriers to express ideas that are at once aesthetically and politically significant.”
F downtown to Jay Street-MetroTech and walk southeast to the Salena Gallery, ground floor of the Library Learning Center at Long Island University (1 University Plaza). Through March 27, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free. msWIRE.us/Yoshida
Women in the City
NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen is a video series from the NYC Commission on Women, honoring 31 New York women who perform a variety of vital roles throughout the city. The series airs on NYC Life (TimeWarner channel 25; FIOS 25/525, nyc.gov/media, or iTunes) every day through March 31, or you can watch one-minute clips online at msWIRE.us/NYCwomen.
You don’t have to take the F anywhere!
Irish in the City
The Tenement Museum tells the stories of 87 Orchard Street, a tenement building that housed nearly 7,000 immigrant workers after its construction in 1863. The building is open for tours only, but they have something for every age and interest: see different parts of the building like the apartments or a garment workshop, meet residents played by costumed interpreters, or walk the Lower East Side to learn how immigrants shaped the neighborhood. If you want to honor the occasion, they offer a special tour on “Irish Outsiders.”
F downtown to Delancey Street and walk west to 97 Orchard Street. Tours are offered every day at various times. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. For a complete tour schedule and to purchase tickets, go to tenement.org.