One of the great things about New York is that there is always something going on, somewhere! We are part of a large community of diverse people, all stuck in the same five boroughs. Parks are a big part of what brings us together, along with public festivals, classes and workshops. The spring and summer months bring New Yorkers out of their apartments onto the streets and onto the grass. Many events are expected inside and outside, depending on everyone’s comfort.
New York’s Affordable Art Fair began March 23 and ends this Sunday, March 27 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 W 18th St. The seasonal fair tends to pack Chelsea, and while not free, with tickets ranging from $15 to $80, as is currently the case. I thought it was important to mention it. It’s a good option for those looking to collect cheaper works, ranging from $100 to $10,000.
In Brooklyn, Prospect Park Alliance is currently exhibiting artist Rose DeSiano Lenticular stories at the Bartel-Pritchard entrance to the park (where Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest meet). The piece explores the historical narrative of Prospect Park through a non-linear photographic story. If you’re heading to Prospect Park for outings, dates, or taking the dog to the dog pond, be sure to walk into Bartel-Pritchard and check it out. Work will take place in the park throughout the summer until November, so there is plenty of time.
And if you’re in the park, be sure to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, which should be in full bloom the last weeks of March and early April with cherry blossoms. It’s unfortunate that the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival NYC is canceled this year, but the cherry blossoms are still there to be enjoyed and enjoyed.
As always, New York also has plenty to offer foodies. Specifically in April, Japan Fes New York, the popular Japanese food festival, hosts two can’t-miss events for food vendors. Their first event of the year, Japan Fes New York on April 9, features everything from Mao’s Bao to Oh K-Dog, while their April 30 event, Ramen Fes New York, features Memphis Seoul, Bang Cookies, etc If you want a reason to go to Queens, there’s always Queens Night Market on April 16, an outdoor night market with over 100 vendors and plenty to eat.
The Public Theater will soon return to the Delacorte Theater this summer for its 60th anniversary season of Shakespeare in the Park, with free productions of Richard III and As You Like It. Celebrating 150 productions in Central Park, this is a historic occasion. Tickets are free but dates have yet to be announced (though enthusiastic theatergoers can support the theater on their website for early access to seats).