10 SPRING THINGS TO DO IN NYC
10 SPRING THINGS TO DO IN NYCBy Caroline Kim
With the winter’s ice melting, and temperatures rising, many New Yorkers are looking forward to getting outdoors. And when the sun comes out and the temperatures rise, getting outside and enjoying the variety of fun that New York has to offer is one of our favorite springtime things to do.
1 Nitehawk Cinema – Going to the movies is always a fun event, but Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema is so much more than just a movie theater. This delightful spot is cozy meets chic, in a way that attracts New Yorkers from all five boroughs. Nitehawk hosts a perfect mix of new and classic movies. In addition to the ambiance, Nitehawk also serves food and drinks. The servers are attentive without being disruptive and the price is lower than many other theaters in New York. This is the ideal spot to entertain yourself this spring. Nitehawk is located at 136 Metropolitan Ave. in Brooklyn. Be sure to visit their website for more information:
2 Fung Tu – On the Lower East Side there is a delicious Asian Fusion restaurant that balances charm with delectable cuisine. Here, guests can enjoy dishes like fried dates stuffed with duck and tasty pork belly egg rolls. However, the menu isn’t the only draw to Fung Tu. The “speakeasy” vibe makes this place a great spot to stop in and have some fun! Fung Tu is located at 22 Orchard Street. Visit their website at www.fungtu.com
3 Comedy Cellar – Hitting a comedy club is always a great idea, but in New York City, you just never know who might show up. The atmosphere here is small and tight, much like the cellar it is named after, but the laughs are huge. Comedians like Dave Chapelle and Aziz Ansari have randomly stopped by for a set, so you can be sure that the comedians performing are going to be up to par to show you a good time! Comedy Cellar is located at 117 MacDougal St. Visit their website at at
4 Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – After a cold winter, nothing is more exciting than heading outside for some fun. At the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, you can surround yourself with 50 acres of beautiful walkways and lush gardens. It can be hard to appreciate nature in a big metropolitan city like New York, but the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens will surely make a walk in the park feel wonderful this spring. The BBG is located in Brooklyn at 990 Washington Ave. Be sure to visit their website for up-to-date information on hours, events, and programs. https://www.bbg.org/
5 Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Dim Sum is always a great choice for a fun day in NYC! At Nom Wah Tea Parlor, you will not only get delicious dim sum, you will get it at a great price. This Chinatown eatery has been around for nearly a century, which gives it plenty of street cred. If you’re thinking of heading out for some fun with friends, make Nom Wah one of your go-to destinations. Located in Chinatown at 13 Doyers Street, Nom Wah is a wonderful combination of history and great food.
Visit their website at www.nomwah.com
6 Museum of the Moving Image – Located in Astoria, Queens is a unique and pleasant museum in which to spend some time at this spring. The Museum of the Moving Image showcases many interesting exhibits about classic and modern cinema. Museum go-ers rave about the Jim Henson and the Martin Scorsese exhibits. Film buffs will love this place! It is definitely worth a visit. The Museum is located in Astoria at 3601 35th Ave. Be sure to visit their website for up-to-date exhibition information. www.movingimage.u
7 Decoy – Many New Yorkers head to bars to have some fun, but deciding on that perfect spot can sometimes be a little challenging. Lucky for you, Asian Fusion found one that is charming, chic and paired with tasty dishes. In addition to the libations, Decoy has several delectable menu items. The Peking Duck is spot on and guests love the Oxtail dumplings. Let’s not forget about the reason people head to bars: the drinks. We suggest you sit back and relax with a Chinese Tsingtao beer or/with a Duck Consommé shot. Decoy is located at 529 Hudson Street in Greenwich Village. You can visit their website at http://www.decoynyc.com/
8 The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers – Chelsea Piers is one of the most iconic New York spots to spend an afternoon outside. And this spring, we suggest you grab a couple of friends and head over to smack some golf balls at the very popular Golf Club at Chelsea Piers . We promise you and your friends will have a great time! The Golf Club is located at 59 Chelsea Piers right off the West Side Highway. For more information, visit their website at: www.chelseapiers.com/golf/
9 Jazz Standard – One of the best things about living in New York is the variety of entertainment and leisure options. On any given night, you can find something different and unique. Jazz Standard is one of those gems. Here, barbeque meets Jazz & Blues. The multilevel space is the perfect size to listen to some big band and enjoy tasty barbeque plates from Blue Smoke, the restaurant located right above. Jazz Standard is located at 116 E 27th Street. Check them out at: www.jazzstandard.com
10 Hayden Planetarium – Think back to science class in grade school. Did you study the planets? You may have even visited a planetarium at one point. Well, be prepared to be “wowed” by the Hayden Planetarium on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The Dark Universe show is amazing and is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The visuals are “fantastic.” The show is definitely a “must see.” The Hayden Planetarium is located at 79th Street and Central Park West at the Museum of Natural History. For current information on exhibitions and events, visit their website at: www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium