30 March 2012

10 More Things to Do This Spring!

Here's the 2nd post about things to do in New York during the Spring (see the first post here.)
I'll admit, I'm getting carried away here.  But we're all a bit drugged by cherry blossoms this time of year.

Here's 10 more things to do while you're skipping around like a kid again.  HELLO, date outings!

1.  VISIT THE HIGH LINE.
Danny & I just may have visited the High Line that very first weekend we met (ahhhhhh!  Yes, I am dying just thinking about it. :)  
Spring is the best time to visit the elevated park.  There is a lawn at 23rd Street.  They also offer "Stargazing on the High Line" (sounds so romantic!  Date night!) [The stargazing is offered at various locations Tue. dusk–9:30pm, call 212-206-9922 or follow @highlinenyc for updates; it's FREE!; weather permitting; begins April 3; held by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (aaa.org) and using its high-powered telescopes.]  They also have guided walking tours in May [meet at the 14th Street Passage, Tenth Ave. at 14th St; Tue. 6:30pm; FREE!; begins May 8].  From Gansevoort St. at Washington St. to Tenth Ave. at 30th St. (www.thehighline.org).  AND, check out the awesome green neon elevator at 14th St.  My friend says it's like going up in a highlighter! :)
highline, new york

2.  MANHATTANHENGE.
Manhattanhenge is when the sun aligns exactly with the island's cross streets.  On May 30 the phenomenon will take place at apparently 8:16 pm anywhere above 14th St.  I didn't even know about Manhattanhenge until 2 years ago.  Danny & were walking along, shortly after our wedding and all of a sudden, every New Yorker was staring in awe at the sunset literally pouring straight into the city.  IT WAS GLORIOUS TO SEE.  The blocks were just FILLED with light & the entire city felt illuminated and sparkly with sun.  Of course everyone was pulling out their camera phones.  And a few photographers in the know had some major photography going on to capture this beautiful moment.  Here are a few pics we took:
manhattanhenge
manhattanhenge
Manhattanhenge


3.  RIDE A PEDICAB.
Pedicabs are SO GREAT.  I love them.  Back in the Harvey Faircloth days, there were so many miles burned walking between our showroom at Bryant Park to the Garment District, usually with bundles of clothes or fabric or bags heavy enough for 2 burly men or more.  So I would often hop in a pedicab and feel like a millionaire being driven straight to our sewing room, while my bundles and I sat with the breeze blowing through my hair (those guys pedal fast!)  I'd say spring is the perfect time to go for a ride with your lover.  This bride & groom, below, transported their entire wedding party to the reception via pedicab....ahhh...love it...
pedicab new york


4.  VISIT THE ROOFTOP GARDEN OF THE MET.
I have not done this yet!  It is on my list!!  What a perfect date night.  I hear the views of Central Park are GLORIOUS.  They also serve drinks.  From Time Out:  "This year’s installation is 'Cloud City' by Argentine artist Tom├ís Saraceno, a series of interconnected, room-size pods that visitors can explore." 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. (212-535-7710, www.metmuseum.org). Tue.–Thu., Sun. 9:30 am–5:30 pm; Fri., Sat. 9:30am–9pm. Suggested donation $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free. May 1–Nov. 4.
Rooftop Garden, The Met


5.  MINIATURE GOLF AT HUDSON RIVER PARK.
At the southern end of Hudson River Park there is an 18-hole professional grade miniature golf course with a cave, two waterfalls, a bridge, a stream, and everything.  Dude.  I would love to play here with Danny.  He'd probably want to work on his putting, anyway (he plays a golf tournament every summer in St. George with his guy friends.)  I hear there is also an awesome playground nearby.  And the views of the river & sunset are amazing.  Friends, let's get our butts over there!  They open for the season on April 15, but before then they said they may open Wed.-Sun. during nice weather.  Pier 25, Hudson River at North Moore Street (manhattanyouth.org).  Hours vary.  Adults $5, children under 14 $4.  YES, I JUST SAID $5/$4!!!  No joke.  It's for real.
Miniature Golf Hudson River Park


6.  BIRD WATCH AT PROSPECT PARK.
Is this nerdy?  I think it could be cool.  It's a great excuse to be out in nature in this big city.  The National Audubon Society classifies Prospect Park as an "Important Bird Area" for the many species (more than 250 of them!) that migrate through.  This season you may see the American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole and Blue Jay.  Learn how to find them by taking an 'Intro to Bird Watching' tour at the Prospect Park Audubon Center (Sat. noon–1:30pm; FREE!) or the Early Bird Walking Tour (first Sunday of the month 8–10am; FREE!).  Binoculars are provided at both, or bring your own.  Ocean Ave. at Lincoln Rd., Prospect Park, Brooklyn (718-287-3400, prospectpark.org/audubon)
Bird watching Prospect Park


7.  PLAY PETANQUE AT BRYANT PARK.
Petanque is a French game of "boules" (French for balls), where each player strives to throw metal balls as close as possible to a smaller wooden ball, named the "cochonnet".  You can get a FREE! lesson at the Bryant Park courts.  Just stroll up and find an instructor and he/she will teach you the basic rules in about 15 minutes.  You're free to stay and play.  They provide the equipment.  Gravel courts at the corner of 6th Ave. & 42nd St.  Ping Pong tables nearby as well...equipment provided for free! (My Dad would LOVE this!)
Petanque Bryant Park

8.  CONEY ISLAND.
Luna Park always opens on Palm Sunday.  Check out some of the new roller coasters, people watch (Note: PEOPLE WATCHING COULD BE THE BEST EVER AT CONEY ISLAND!! :) :), eat a dog at Nathan's (founded at Coney Island in 1916), go behind a curtain and see a real freak show, eat cotton candy from one of the OLD candy shops, hang out on the boardwalk & see allll kinds of performers, or if you dare, ride the rickety Cyclone which feels really scary and life threatening...I am convinced people have died on that thing.  It celebrates it's 85th birthday this summer.  1000 Surf Ave at W. 10th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-373-5862, www.lunaparknyc.com).  Opens April 1.

Spring in New York
Visit Coney Island


9.  FREE LOMOGRAPHY WORKSHOP.
I need some photog skills, people.  This workshop could be a fun way to start.  To celebrate the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 29, the Lomography store will organize a bus tour to Coney Island.  Meet at the West Village shop @ 1:00 pm and ride to the waterfront on a school bus. Once there, you’ll be lent a Diana F+ camera along with a FREE roll of film.  Sounds good to me.   (Meet in the Village at 41 W. 8th St. btwn 5th & 6th Aves., 212-529-4353, lomography.com; $10; R.S.V.P. to shopnyc@lomography.com) 
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10.  WATCH GENERAL CONFERENCE.
OK.  This is not in New York.  And this may not even be your thing.  But twice a year the Mormon church has a "General Conference" and the Prophet & Apostles speak to people all over the world.  I look forward to it so much & I can't help but mention it.  The spring event will take place this Sat. & Sun. (March 31/April 1, 12:00-2:00 pm, 4:00-6:00 pm ET).  It's like the Mormon Superbowl :) and everyone watches it from home & eats brunch.  It used to be all about the food for me (ha!).  But before/during/after my divorce, I realized how much truth was being spoken & I clung to every word of it.  It truly is incredibly uplifting & inspiring, regardless of what I'm facing at the time.  If you want to check it out, you can watch it on-line here.  And if you like listening to choir music like me, you can hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform.  I may post a link to a few of my favorite talks next week.

OK, ENOUGH!  :)  Happy weekend to all of you!!!

-Mara


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8 comments:

  1. soooo much to do-lucky things

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  2. now i know how photographers get those amazing photos... cause of manhattanenge. i had no idea.

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  3. Looks like Seth (my manfriend lol) and I need to go on a little vacation!

    WOW! Looks so fantastic!

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  4. Someday I'll visit NY and try to do everything on your list! Sounds perfect.

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  5. So I just have to share this cute/funny story. My husband is a pediatric dentist. Therefore he sees a lot of kids, and especially a lot of special needs kids. A couple years ago in his residency he was treating a boy with aspergers and somehow it came up that my husband is Mormon. (This also happened to be right before general conference FYI). Well this family was not Mormon but it turns out their son with aspergers LOVES the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. LOVES THEM. And the family was like "Oh yeah...we know all about general conference we watch it every 6 months...it's his favorite weekend of the year!"

    So there are some people who watch GC just for the choir. I love that story.

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  6. Thanks for the lomography trip idea! I definitely am going!

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  7. Awesome ideas! really cool places! I can't wait to do them all ^^

    -MissH

    http://datingtwenties.blogspot.com

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  8. Thank you so much for this list, Mara! I will have to check these things out this spring/summer. $5 for mini golf in Manhattan?! I will have to see it to believe it!! :)

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