New York is in bloom. As we head into the warmer months, our city’s streets feel reinvigorated and ready for the spring sunshine. Residents and visitors alike will be busy with a lineup of exciting things to do this season, albeit with COVID-19 safety protocols still in place.
This edition of Warburg’s Spring Happenings Guide covers a selection of new and returning attractions across the boroughs in essentially every category, making up for time we lost last year.
Gear up to explore New York’s newest outdoor activities which are sure you leave you filled with appreciation for the natural world within our concrete jungle.
Jen Lewin’s Reflect | Domino Park in Williamsburg
A new 2,400-square-foot installation in Domino Park offers visitors to the popular Williamsburg waterfront greenspace an interactive outdoor exhibit of circular light panels to walk, dance, and jump around while keeping a safe social distance from others. Two Trees, the park’s owners, hope the display will inspire visitors to reflect and connect as the city comes out of the COVID-19 winter.
Open Culture New York | Multiple locations; Now through October 31
More than 100 streets in New York can become stages under the city’s Open Culture program that launched in March. Modeled after the Open Streets and Open Restaurant initiatives that close some streets to cars and let restaurants set up creative outdoor dining seating, this new permit type allows ticketed, socially distanced performances, rehearsals, classes, and workshops to take place on blocks in every borough.
Waterline Square Park | Between West 59th & 61st St.
There’s a new park tucked away between glassy skyscrapers on the Hudson River. Waterline Square Park, between West 59th and 61st, just recently opened to the public, offering 3 acres with lush plantings, walking paths, an expansive playground, and views of the river.
It is music to our ears to hear that live concerts and performances are back. This spring, enjoy the sights and sounds at these music and film events.
NY PopsUp | Multiple locations; Now through Labor Day
NY PopsUp is a festival created by artists, with artists, for the public. The expansive festival will consist of hundred of pop-up performances throughout the city, many of which are free of charge, and serve as a pilot program for the state to model bringing large-scale, live performances back safely.
Music Under the Stars | Mondrian Park Avenue & East 30th St.
The renowned Mondrian Hotel in Nomad is hosting a series of jazz-age concerts on their gorgeous rooftop terrace this spring. Take in the glimmering Manhattan lights from 15 stories up while enjoying the retro-inspired sounds from NYC’s top jazz musicians.
Tribeca Film Festival | Multiple locations; June 9-20
The world-famous Tribeca Film Festival is back with in-person screenings and live events. The 20th-anniversary celebration will showcase a diverse selection of films, talks, and immersive programming across all five boroughs over the course of 12 days.
From night markets to ice cream cocktails, New York’s culinary experiences get more creative every year. Indulge at these foodie happenings around town.
Museum of Ice Cream | 558 Broadway between Prince & Spring St.
Treat yourself to ice cream cocktails, craft drinks, and boozy shakes at the Museum of Ice Cream’s sweet, new full-service bar. NYC’s museum dedicated entirely to the favorite frozen dessert features 13 exhibition spaces with immersive concepts for all ice cream lovers.
Bronx Night Market | Saturdays through November 13
Bronx Night Market is back at Fordham Plaza. This popular series celebrates and supports the borough’s up-and-coming food scene by producing world-class, affordable, and fun events for all ages.
Rooftop Bars & Restaurants | Multiple locations
It is once again rooftop season in New York! From Midtown mainstays to brand new venues with glass greenhouses for socially distant dining, these 11 hot spots are currently open with safety measures in place.
New York’s art and culture scenes are blossoming. Reconnect with the city through these new and classic springtime events.
Kusama: Cosmic Nature | New York Botanical Garden; April 10 – October 31
Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to her immersive installations. Exclusively at NYBG, experience Kusama’s profound connection with nature inspired by her intimate engagement with colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers.
NYC PRIDE 2021 | Multiple locations; Events throughout June
This year’s theme, “The Fight Continues,” acknowledges everything the LGBTQIA+ community has fought to accomplish, and what still needs to be done in the movement for equality. The NYC Pride March will take place on June 27, and tickets for the 50+ events leading up to it can be purchased in advance here.
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit | Venue TBA; Opening June 10
Initially unveiled in Paris, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is making its way to the heart of NYC. Starting in June, visitors can “step inside” the post-Impressionist works of Van Gogh like never before through a captivating digital art experience that merges technology, theatrical storytelling, and animation.
Frieze New York | The Shed at Hudson Yards; May 5-9
New York’s leading art fair will bring together top galleries alongside a program of talks and special projects to support artists through the ongoing pandemic. Featuring presentations by Agustina Woodgate, Zeinab Saleh, WangShui, Wilson Díaz, and many more, the 2021 edition of the fair will highlight a strong contingent of New York and US-based exhibitors.
NYCxDESIGN | Multiple locations; May 13-18
In May, NYCxDESIGN will present a series of Design Days to showcase NYC’s talented design community. The program will primarily consist of virtual events, in addition to select outdoor experiences, tours, and other small gatherings. The annual NYCxDESIGN Awards will take place virtually this year.
Macy’s Flower Show | Macy’s Herald Square; May 2-16
New Yorkers will get to walk through a plethora of magical flowers at Macy’s flagship store this spring. The free exhibit will extend to the outdoor area surrounding the store and feature “magnificently landscaped gardens inspired by the feeling of hope for a brighter year ahead.”