The High Line is Blooming With Spring-time Fun, Art, and Food!

New York residents walk the High Line as flowers bloom along the walking path in NYC

The High Line is open year round, of course, but at this point, now that we've all been up there plenty of times, New Yorkers tend to leave the winter strolling to the tourists. But guess what? IT'S SPRING! Like most outdoor activities around town, suddenly walking the length of the park from 30th down to Gansevoort is a million times more appealing. Especially now that the High Line food vendors have all returned, serving up tacos, excellent coffee, juicy brisket and some of the city's best ice cream sandwiches. I made my way through the park last weekend, and here's what's new this year… 

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The Best Biking in NYC; Events, Bike Tours, Challenges and More!

Image of a man riding his bright yellow bicycle through the streets of New York City

Slowly but, one hopes, inexorably, New York City is becoming more and more bike-friendly all the time, with more and safer bike lanes, and the hugely popular bike share program Citi Bike which, fingers crossed, will be better managed in its second year. It just makes sense, for the city to encourage bicycles: whether for commuting, for exercise, to run errands and zip around town, or just for fun! Cycling is healthy, it eases subway and bus crowding, and of course, it releases zero greenhouse gases into the air. All of which got us thinking about ways to enjoy bicycling in NYC, and here's what we came up with…   

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Cookie Shots and Frozen S’Mores at the NYC Famous Dominique Ansel Bakery

Two of Ansel's new cookie shots, filled with vanilla infused milk on two little white plates

The sun was shining, the kids were on vacation, and it had been way too long since we had last gorged on the sweet treats at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho. In fact, my last visit predates the Cronut, the cream-filled pastry hybrid that made Ansel a star and turned his cute little shop into what is surely the most famous bakery in New York City. So although we decided against setting an alarm to get Cronuts, it was the perfect day to stand on Spring Street in the afternoon and wait for Ansel's latest ingenious creation, the Cookie Shot.

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Restaurants Serving Brunch for Easter Sunday in NYC!

A plate of Coffee cake with a marmalade spread and butter from Sarabeth's brunch menu

If you haven't already concocted a menu and ordered the ham/lamb for a home Easter celebration this Sunday, maybe it'd be easier at this point just to go out somewhere? There are, of course, scores of great brunch spots all over town, some with special Easter menus, and several of our favorite restaurants are also adding Easter dishes with prix-fixe specials to their dinner menus. Here's a quick list of some of our suggestions!

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Relive the British Invasion at Lincoln’s Center’s “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!”

Women at a drum-kit receiving video lessons from Ringo from The Beatles

As I'm sure you've heard (was it the shrieking teenagers echoing across the decades?), The Beatles first came to America 50 years ago in February, landing at JFK to begin their historic TV-radio-concert-tour across the country, spearheading the so-called British Invasion which would redefine music and culture forever.

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NYC’s Best Destination Parks

Duck on a wall about to enter pond at Rockefeller Duck park

 

If you're fortunate enough to live right near one of the more than 1,700 public parks and playgrounds that make New York City among the greenest urban areas on the planet well…. then, that's where we'll probably find you this weekend. Yay spring!. But even though New Yorkers all have their favorite neighborhood spots for promenade strolling, bench sitting, sprinkler frolicking, ball playing, dog running–you name, we got it–there are also plenty of destination parks in this town, well worth packing up the crew and getting on a subway to spend an afternoon. Here are a few of our favorites…

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Easter Egg Hunts, Parades, and Other Fun Activities in NYC

Image of colorful easter eggs hiding in the grass in Central Park for a NYC Easter Egg Hunt

Photo by Robert S. Donovan

Next weekend is Easter already! A holiday which is a great excuse to celebrate spring, wear lots of florals, get together with family, microwave some peeps, and eat a ton of chocolate. For kids, though, Easter is all about the egg hunt (although the Faberge Big Egg Hunt is fun for adults too). If you're looking to supplement or replace your home hunt with something a bit more festival-like, here's a quick look at several options around town. Keep in mind, these types of events are always crowded!

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Pop Art & Post-War Artwork from Onnasch Collection at Hauser & Wirth

Man standing in Hauser and Wirth's Onnasch Collection with a portion of a brick wall and a white statue of a man sitting in a chair.

New York City's grand museums are about to launch their big spring/summer exhibitions. We're especially looking forward to Ai Wei Wei in Brooklyn, and Jeff Koons Whitney takeover, which will be that institution's grand finale at their Upper East Side location. Until then, it seems like the perfect time to check out some gallery shows around town.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for 2014: Refresh Your Living Space

Photo of spring cleaning supplies, provided by Susy Morris

Seems like it actually might be warm now for the duration (though let's not forget the April blizzard of '82!). Spring ushers in lots of activites in New York, such as the flower shows we wrote about recently. But it's also time to clean your home. Ugh, I know, but remember: there are few chores that feel more satisfying when you're done than a big (or even semi-big!) spring cleaning. Now, I am no expert on the subject as my kids will tell you, but we scoured the internet and found a number of sites with some stellar-sounding advice.

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The Faberge Big Egg Hunt is ON!

large colorful egg as part of the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in NYC

Is NYC cracking up? Well, while there may be several examples of that, right now, and through until April 18, there are more than 250 giant eggs "hidden" all over New York City. Each one of these fabulous two-and-a-half-foot sculptures has been dyed… er, designed, by a different artist. They are the focus of the Big Egg Hunt presented by Faberge. Each egg can be "cracked" via the Big Egg Hunt app on your smart phone, with a chance to win extravagant prizes–aka, a $50,0000 Faberge Egg pendant necklace–each week. And each of these amazing eggs are for sale though the Egg Hunt online auction or wait for the Grand Auction at Sotheby's on the April 22nd. The best part: 100% of the money raised through sales goes to two charities, one an arts organization for children in NYC, the other an elephant conservation group in Asia. Here's how the Faberge Big Egg Hunt works…

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