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As NYC shakes off the last remnants of winter, venues across the five boroughs give the spring season a warm welcome with an almost-endless supply of exciting events. Vibrant floral displays take over the New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Show; the inaugural NYCxDESIGN presents fairs, festivals, studio sessions and exhibitions spanning all facets of the design world; and the Tribeca Film Festival showcases the City's cinematic flair. Quintessential NYC events like the Museum Mile Festival and Fleet Week also dot the spring schedule, along with eagerly anticipated firsts, including WrestleMania 29, coming to the New York City area this season.
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NYC Neighborhood Tool Kits
New York City's expanding hotel options include lodging in hot areas like Long Island City, Queens, as well as Downtown Brooklyn and nearby neighborhoods. These brand-new neighborhood tool kits provide everything you need to know to include these areas in your NYC packages, including information on accommodations, attractions and transportation as well as downloadable videos for a firsthand look.
Tourism Cares for New York City
Tourism Cares for America celebrates its 10th anniversary, in NYC. Travel professionals volunteer in restoration projects throughout Coney Island, Brooklyn, and Jamaica Bay, Queens, May 30–31. The event also gives participants the chance to network with other professionals in the travel industry and explore New York City's neighborhoods.
Sugartooth Tours specializes in outings to dessert- and baked-goods shops throughout New York City. Take a walking tour while sampling sweets and learning about NYC's culinary history. Sugartooth also hosts customized outings for special occasions.
Super Bowl XLVIII
In February 2014 New Jersey's MetLife Stadium will be the site of Super Bowl XLVIII—the first time an outdoor venue in the Northeast will host football's biggest event of the year. A packed week of events leading up to the big game include the transformation of Broadway into "Super Bowl Boulevard" for a free gathering for fans in the heart of New York City. It's not too early to start booking your accommodations.
Delta Air Lines Expansion and Renovations at JFK Airport
Big changes are coming to JFK's Terminal 4. Delta Air Lines' $1.2 billion project will feature improved check-in and baggage-claim areas (including the largest Delta Sky Priority check-in), more-efficient security lanes, nine new and seven renovated gates, and additional taxi stands for shorter waiting times. New shops and restaurants are also among the traveler-friendly highlights.
The latest cruise ship to join Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet brings the best of NYC to the water. Beginning in May, the 4,000-passenger ship adorned with New York-themed artwork on its hull will sail to Bermuda, the Bahamas, Florida and the Southern Caribbean. City-centric highlights will include Rockettes-themed fitness classes and beverages, performances from the Broadway musical Rock of Ages and a seafood restaurant created by NYC restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian. Be sure to look into NYC pre- and post-cruise options.
New Itinerary Ideas
Downtown Brooklyn and Nearby Neighborhoods
Downtown Brooklyn and its surrounding neighborhoods are home to exciting shopping, dining, nightlife and sightseeing, and the area is quickly becoming a must-see destination for New York City visitors. Highlights include the New York Transit Museum, in Brooklyn Heights, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), in Fort Greene, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in Prospect Heights.
The Bronx's Grand Concourse
Explore the architecture, history and culture of this storied Bronx stretch. Easily accessible from Manhattan, the Grand Concourse is filled with plenty of things to see and do. Notable attractions in the area include Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage. The historic district is also home to popular dining options, including NYY Steak and The Yankee Tavern.
Head downtown for shopping, dining, cultural institutions and history-packed streets. Dine on Stone Street, the oldest paved street in the City, or explore Lower Manhattan's many museums, including The Skyscraper Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the National Museum of the American Indian. Also in the Financial District, the 9/11 Memorial proves a moving tribute to those who died in the World Trade Center attacks of 1993 and 2001.
Upcoming Events and Exhibitions
New York City Ballet's Spring 2013 Season
April 30–June 9
NYCB's spring season kicks off with the three-week-long American Music Festival, featuring 24 ballets and scores from 16 composers. Programming includes Who Cares with music by George Gershwin, Stars and Stripes with music by John Philip Sousa and Christopher Wheeldon's world-premiere ballet.
The Orchid Show
March 2–April 22
The New York Botanical Garden celebrates spring with a beautiful display of orchids. This year the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is transformed into a lush rainforest featuring trees that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy as a design element.
Wrestling's biggest event comes to MetLife Stadium, and visitors to New York City can get in on the action. WWE's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 6 at Madison Square Garden will bring together notable names, including Mick Foley, for this annual occasion. And staying at a New York City hotel means easy accessibility to events in New Jersey, including Monday Night Raw and an interactive festival for fans.
Hanami: Cherry Blossom Viewing
Spring begins at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden when pink petals fall from the cherry trees. Cherry-blossom viewing, or hanami, as a springtime tradition dates back centuries in Japan. A full month of viewing ends with Sakura Matsuri, on April 27–28, when performances and cultural events take over the garden.
Tribeca Film Festival
This downtown festival got its start after 9/11 as part of an effort to revive the culture and economy of Lower Manhattan. Each year, innovative filmmakers showcase their work, which includes documentaries, foreign films and shorts. Panel discussions and lectures will also take place throughout the 12-day event.
Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival
The third annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, the collaborative effort of the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile, showcases both new and established artists at iconic jazz locations like the Apollo, Showman's, Minton's Playhouse and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
Spring for Music
Carnegie Hall's annual festival celebrates the sounds of symphony by bringing together six chamber orchestras from around the country for a week of performances.
This May marks the debut of NYCxDESIGN, a citywide event celebrating creativity in design in all disciplines, from architecture and industrial design to fashion and furniture. Events include the Frieze Art Fair, BKLYN Designs and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, as well as museum exhibitions, talks and open studio sessions throughout the five boroughs.
Big Apple Circus' Legendarium!
May 19–June 16
Queens' Cunningham Park hosts the 35th season of the Big Apple Circus, featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and the Big Apple Circus Band.
Since 1984, thousands of men and women from the US Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard have docked in New York City for Fleet Week. Public events include tours of ships, military demonstrations and musical performances.
Museum Mile Festival
One day a year, New York City's iconic stretch of Fifth Avenue museums open their doors for free. Sample some of the country's best institutions, plus check out live music, street performers and kids' activities. Museum Mile stretches from The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 82nd Street to El Museo del Barrio at 104th Street.
River to River Festival
June 16–July 13
Each summer, the River to River Festival takes over downtown Manhattan for a month of free performances and events. The 2013 schedule will be announced soon.
Weird and wild floats, antique cars and over-the-top costumed marchers make their way down Surf Avenue and the Coney Island boardwalk in this annual beachfront parade.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 9–August 11
The Costume Institute's latest installation, exploring how punk influenced high fashion, features designs from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld.
Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters' 75th Anniversary
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
May 15–August 18
Centered around the Unicorn Tapestries, given to the museum by John D. Rockefeller Jr. before its opening in 1938, this new exhibit highlights unicorn-inspired art of the Middle Ages. The seven tapestries will be displayed alongside other 15th- and 16-century works focused on these mythical creatures.
The latest shows to hit Broadway include the documentary-based musical Hands on a Hardbody; Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Kinky Boots; and the stage adaptation of Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's. Also making their mark on the Great White Way are Pippin, back to Broadway since its Tony Award–winning run in the 1970s, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a reimagining of Anton Chekhov's greatest productions.
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Opened March 2013
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