curated by Sara Maher
The cold may have bothered us anyway (a little Frozen humor never hurt anyone), but it doesn’t bother us anymore! Try to transition into the spring (or the spring-esque season) with a mixture of indoor and outdoor events.
Welcome Spring with a tour of the nation’s most famous park. The Central Park Conservancy’s Southern Welcome Tour takes guests around the bottom of Central Park and includes landmarks Grand Army Plaza and Wollman Rink as well as Park buildings like the charming Chess & Checkers House and the Dairy. Natural wonders will surely include budding trees, newly blooming flowers, and a little duck or two.
F downtown to Lexington Av/63rd St and walk southwest to the park entrance at 61st St and Fifth Ave. Sun Apr 24, 2-3pm. Free. Note: the tour route includes moderate inclines and stairs.
Tribeca getting a little too mainstream for your taste? Try the NYC Independent Film Festival instead. Like Tribeca, it shows feature-length films, but it also branches out into short films, music videos, and animation. If you’re looking to launch your directorial debut, there will be panels, classes, and discussion groups throughout the festival with topics like “Film Finance,” “Distribution,” and “Music Licensing,” but it’s a safe bet that none of them will include words of wisdom from the director of a superhero film (unless it’s a new superhero. That is actually very likely.)
F downtown to 42nd St-Bryant Park and walk northwest to Producer’s Club (358 W 44th St.) Apr 27-May 1; times vary. Individual tickets free-$20; day and festival passes also available. Many tickets include a complimentary adult beverage.
The City is full of dreamers, inventors, and creators, and NYCxDesign celebrates them all. The annual event “brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment” through exhibits, shows, panels and discussions, show openings, and open studios. F-accessible events include the “Fighting Fires and Lighting Fires: Balancing Productivity and Creativity” panel discussion; Mad Museum exhibits “Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia’s Environment for Sound” and “Studio Job Mad House”; a sustainable quilt auction; and the MoMA Art Lab and Japanese Constellation exhibit.
MoMA: F downtown to 57th St and walk southeast to 11 W 53rd St; Mad Museum: F downtown to 57th St and walk northwest to 2 Columbus Cr; Fighting Fires: F downtown to 42nd St-Bryant Park and walk southwest to 1412 Broadway; Quilt Auction: F downtown to 23rd St and walk southeast to 251 Park Ave S. NYCxDesign runs May 3-17, various times. Events are free unless specified. http://
Bryant Park kicks off Bryant Park Presents, a series of free music, theater, and dance performances in the park, with an Opening Night Ball. If you aren’t the most graceful and elegant sort, don’t be turned off – instead of an evening of charming waltzes, dance instructors will get you swingin’ to the Charleston, foxtrot, and jitterbug, along with a trio of live bands. All ages are welcome as long as you come dressed for dancing, and if you find yourself feeling like the belle of the ball, the dance parties continue every Wednesday evening through June 22.
F downtown to 42nd St-Bryant Park and go to Fountain Terrace inside the park. Opening Night Ball: Wed May 4, 5-10pm. Bryant Park Presents Dance Party: every Wed through Jun 22, 6-8:30pm. Free.
Want to learn a little something about your city? Join a Jane’s Walk, free walking tours that allow people to explore and celebrate their neighborhoods. The tours take place all over the country, but New York City has an especially great variety. F-accessible tours include Greetings from Gowanus!; Wonderful Townhouses; Preservation and Stewardship of Historic Madison Square Park; Green Spaces and Great Places on 42nd Street; and The Renovation and Restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Gowanus: F downtown to Carroll St and walk to the corner of Smith and President Sts. Fri May 6, 1pm. Townhouses: F downtown to W 4th St and walk southwest to 66 Leroy St. Fri May 6. Madison Sq Park: F downtown to 23rd St and walk east to park entrance at 23rd and Broadway. Fri May 6, 1pm. 42nd St: F downtown to 42nd St-Bryant Park and walk north to 42nd St and Sixth Ave. Fri May 6, 1pm. Cathedral: F downtown to 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center and walk northeast to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral at Fifth Ave between 50th and 51st Sts. All walks free.