curated by Sara Maher

Springtime in NYC: The weather report warning us of a deep freeze while the subways blast full AC. Whether you’re willing to risk the rain/wind/sudden heat spells or prefer to remain in climate-controlled environments, there is an F-accessible event for you!

Ice Fights

The New York Rangers host many of this season’s games on the home ice. Yes, we’re talking about hockey, one of the most fast-paced, aggressive, and occasionally violent sports. Add in the joy of trying to get into Madison Square Garden and you have a few hours of fun for the entire family.

F downtown to 34th St-Herald Sq and walk southwest to Madison Square Garden (7th Ave between 31st and 33rd Sts.) Games scheduled through the end of April; various days and times. Ticket prices vary.

Film for All

It’s Tribeca time! The Tribeca Film Festival offers a unique opportunity to see both Hollywood stars and independent films from all over the world. Many of the films have post-screening conversations with the cast and crew, giving you a chance to learn about the filmmaking process or just gawk at your favorite celebrities. See Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of a crazy criminal family in Animal Kingdom (post-screening with Ellen Barkin and cast); Samantha Bee in conversation with her head writer; sneak previews of season two of Grace and Frankie (post-screening with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin); History’s miniseries Roots; and, most importantly, a peak at The Untitled Bill Nye Documentary. If you’re having trouble choosing, the film guide can be sorted by country of production or specific genres such as African American Director or Female Screenwriter.

F train-accessible locations include SVA Theatre and Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea. SVA Theatre: F downtown to 23rd St and walk west to 333 W 23rd St. Bow Tie Chelsea: F downtown to 23rd St and walk west to 260 W 23rd St. Apr 13-24, various times and prices.

Find Those Feathers

Roosevelt Island is located on the Atlantic flyway, meaning it is right in the path of thousands of birds during their biannual migration. Get ready for the great event at Birding: Spring Migration. Prospect Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the park and show you how to fine-tune your eyes and binoculars alike. Bring your own binoculars and field guide, or ask a trusty Ranger to borrow theirs.

F downtown to 7th Av and walk northeast to Prospect Park West; enter the park at 5th St and West Drive Road and go to the Picnic House. Sat Apr 16, 10-11:30am. Free.

Clean Up Green Up

The Earth Day Initiative works to promote environmental awareness through yearlong educational programs and annual events, including Earth Day New York in Union Square. The Square celebrates its 25th annual Earth Day by helping you make the world a cleaner place. Bring old clothes and electronics to recycle and books to swap, and educate yourself with exhibits about green transportation and shared economy. There will also be exhibitors, live performances, and family-friendly activities. If you want to learn even more about green initiatives in NYC, take the 5K Green Tour. This event is a fundraiser, not a race; instead, you’ll take a walking tour of eco-friendly City sites such as the world’s first underground park, rooftop gardens, green buildings, and a natural food cooking school.

Earth Day NY: F train downtown to 14th St., then walk east to Union Square. Sun Apr 17, 12-7pm. Free. 5K Green Tour: F train downtown to 14th St; event starts near Union Square (details sent upon registration.) Fri Apr 22; start time between 9am-12pm (assigned after registration.) Includes lunch. For info and fee email or call 212-922-0048.

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