5 Things You’d Best Be Checking off Your Manhattan Bucket List This Spring

HERE COMES THE SUN, DOO DOO DOO DOO! Happy First Day of Spring, my little flower buds!

It’s time to scrap your butt off the couch, turn off ‘The Great British Baking Show’, and get outside! The arrival of spring brings the arrival of the best time to be a New Yorker, and there is so much to see and do. 

Okay, so it’s always the best time to be a New Yorker, but you gotta admit spring and summer are consistently dope in the city. This spring is shaping up to be no exception.

What do snow leopards, the Philharmonia Orchestra, orchids, cute sailors, and Lorde have in common? They’re all featured on our 2017 Manhattan spring bucket list!

Have you been talking about finally learning how to talk about wine like a pro? Take a class! Are you single and ready to mingle with some cute sailors? Head to the Intrepid to prep for Fleet Week! Want to live a more cultured life? Take in some fine art at the Art Expo!

And of course, April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring allergies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, pop an antihistamine and suck it up!

Enjoy our five not-to-be-missed bucket list items for all you Manhattan-ites, and Happy Spring!

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1. Groove to the music!

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Time to shake off those winter cobwebs off your brain and step AWAY from the Netflix! Symphonic Storyboards is an incredible, immersive concert series coming to Jazz at Lincoln Center this week that combines short films, with a live soundtrack provided by the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York

And we can hook you up with discounted tickets! Use code SPOILED30 at checkout for 30% off! 

Cap off the spring and kick off the summer festival season by dancing it up at the Governor’s Ball, coming to Randall’s Island June 2nd thru June 4th. Featuring headliners Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Cage The Elephant, and the glorious return of Lorde. Thank goddess.


2. Get cultured!

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New York is the cultural center of the world. We’ve got the best of the best when it comes to museums, music, fine arts, theatre, dance, burlesque, and underwater ventriloquist jugglers (this probably exists, come on it’s New York).

If you’re in the mood to take in some fine art, things are bumpin’ in the city this spring. First and foremost there’s the Art Expo, happening April 21st – 24th at Pier 94, and featuring over 1,000 artists from all over the world! Discover the next great artist alongside actual gallery owners and art dealers.

Then head to The Whitney for their show-stopping Biennial! This year is the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, and couldn’t have arrived at a more charged and tense time in American history. Catch this diverse display of American art now thru June 11th!

Okay you thought we were done, but we’ve got one more. We told you New York is the cultural capital of the world!! The Tribeca Film Festival is displaying the best of the best in cinema from April 20th to 30th! 


3. Stop And Smell The Flowers!

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New Yorkers are always on the go, and it’s hard for us to remember to slow down once and awhile and stop and smell the flowers.

Luckily there are plenty of places to do just that this spring! First stop is the Macy’s Flower Show! Wander amongst the extravagant floral displays while your shop at Gucci and Burberry. Catch this year’s carnival theme at Macy’s March 29th thru April 9th! 

There’s still time to peep the Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden, happening now thru April 9th. This year’s theme is Thailand, and who knows? Maybe it will inspire your next big vacay!

Then there’s Central Park, our beloved great outdoors. Plan a cute springtime day date and check out the Conservatory Gardens, before having a rom-com worthy rowboat ride in the lake! Central Park Conservancy even has a bloom guide, so you can find out exactly where and when your fav flowers will be at their finest.


4. Get tipsy!

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‘Tis the season to be drankin’! Okay, we drink every season, but the arrival of warm weather is definitely reason to celebrate.

Are you ready to finally stop talking about learning more about wine and actually do it? Take a blind wine tasting class this weekend and expand your palate! Plus this class is a blind tasting contest, and who doesn’t love some bougie competition?!

Prefer brew over bubbly? Then you can’t miss the NYC Craft Beer Festival going down March 24th and 25th at Metropolitan Pavilion. You’ll have access to the largest selection of seasonal beers, ciders, & meads in NYC– 150 samples from over 75 breweries. Cheers!

5. Munch on some nomz!

Before you go swearing off sweets “forever” in preparation for swimsuit season, you’ve just gotta check out this new dessert bar in FlatironPâtisserie Chanson opened it’s doors on the first day of spring, and on April 6th will open the sure to be incredible dessert bar, featuring four and eight-course dessert tasting menus.

If you’re looking for a great date idea you can head to the Roxy Hotel for oysters and a movie, or impress your date with some out of this world fried chicken at Korea’s most popular chicken chain, BB.Q Chicken, now open in Koreatown!


6. Experience the great outdoors!

centralparkzoo Due to the forecasted blizzard, the zoo will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14. We'll be sure to update when we reopen. Stay warm!


We’ve been cooped up inside all winter! Okay, not really, we had some random 70 degree days in February. But still, we’re ready for consistent warm weather!

Celebrate the return of sunshine this spring by getting your butt outside. Stretch your legs by running, biking, or roller blading alongside the river in Hudson River Park.

Have you been to the Central Park Zoo lately? Not to bring up winter again, but we spotted some super rare, super beautiful Snow Leopards on display at the zoo right now and we are dying to meet them! Take a trip to the zoo and soak up some sun with the leopards and sea lions!

How about the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum? We know what you’re thinking: ‘A museum? That doesn’t sound like an outdoor activity!’ 

Well think again, because this museum is on the actual aircraft carrier The Intrepid, and houses actual planes, space shuttles, and submarines! Soak up the sun on the flight deck and admire more than two dozen authentically restored aircrafts, then cool off by going inside the submarine Growler. 

What better way to prep for Fleet Week? Gotta impress those cute sailors coming ashore May 24th thru May 30th… ;)

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