Happenings Guide Spring 2022


After a long and frosty winter, it appears that the sun is finally out and here to stay! With the flowers in full bloom and temperatures rising, New York City is gearing up for a spring and summer season like none other — full of exciting events for residents and out-of-towners alike to enjoy. Though the ongoing pandemic has presented some obstacles in the past regarding safe access to community activities, the warmer weather brings more opportunities for outdoor events to cater to those who prefer to play it on the safer side. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend a sunny Saturday or are in the mood to try a new restaurant or rooftop bar, we’ve got you covered! Read on for our favorite events and attractions that are available across the city over the coming months.


From the opening of brand new attractions to the continuation of beloved traditions, New Yorkers can look forward to getting outside and seizing the day as temperatures rise. Explore a picturesque market in Governor’s Island by day, and rock out to music by some of the most popular artists in the industry at Pier 17 by night.

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Roosevelt Island Astoria Walk | April 16th, Tramway Plaza 59th St and 2nd Ave

Welcome spring by experiencing Midtown Manhattan, then escaping to Roosevelt Island. Tramway to Roosevelt Island, visit the new Four Freedoms Park (FDR), circle north to the Lighthouse and Octagon, then cross the Roosevelt Island bridge on foot to Queens for the outdoor Socrates Sculpture Park, Greek revival era mansions, Astoria Park, Hells Gate Bridge, and downtown Astoria. End at the Czech Bohemian Beer Garden for a gathering.

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Tour De Bridges | April 30th, Central Library 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn 

Welcome back cyclists who have been hibernating throughout the winter! From 5AM to 5PM on April 30th, cyclists will gather for a full day of cycling totaling 117 miles and 3799 ft of Elevation. Tons of fun and lots of challenges expected for this full day bike tour.


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FAD Market Governor’s Island 

FAD Mar­ket returns to Gov­er­nor’s Island for a month­ly res­i­den­cy on the third week­end of each month from May through Octo­ber. Tak­ing place along the tree-lined King Ave, this idyl­lic mar­ket set­ting is steps away from Yan­kee Pier, where the Brook­lyn fer­ries dock, and Liggett Ter­race, where the food trucks ral­ly. Fea­tur­ing a rotat­ing line­up of over 30 of the city’s emerg­ing mak­ers, design­ers, artists, and small busi­ness­es, our mar­kets will fea­ture hand­craft­ed jew­el­ry, art, appar­el, bath and body care, table­ware, home fur­nish­ings, arti­sanal pack­aged food and more.

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Radio ParkRooftop of Radio City Music Hall

A brand new garden oasis just opened on top of Radio City Music Hall. The highly anticipated, half-acre landscape is called Radio Park, and it was built as an amenity for the Rockefeller Center business community. Tenants, employees, and their guests are free to explore a variety of outdoor work environments, more romantically referred to as “garden rooms,” each with a distinct typology. The park’s overall concept is grounded in biophilic design, bringing the natural world and people closer together within constructed buildings and environments. This creates a variety of benefits such as improved moods, general health, and vitality, as well as enhanced productivity.


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‘NoMad Piazza Pop Up’Broadway Avenue between 25th and 27th Streets

Originally debuted in October 2021 as a public space for pedestrians, bicyclists, and people to enjoy NoMad’s thriving outdoor dining, the beloved pop reopened on April 1st. The initiative was designed in collaboration between the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, the American Institute of Architects, New York (AIANY), and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). “We are thrilled to bring NoMad Piazza Pop Up back to Broadway in time for spring. Starting in April, it will once again provide a model for how our city’s streets can be reimagined as vibrant public spaces for walking, cycling, dining, and relaxing,” said James Mettham, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.

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Shakespeare in the Park The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

The Public Theater is proud to announce a special summer celebrating 60 years — and more than 150 productions — of Free Shakespeare in the Park at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park.The beloved summer tradition returns with the intriguing political drama RICHARD III, directed by Tony nominee Robert O’Hara and featuring Danai Gurira in the title role, as well as a joyful, community enriched, musical adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT, featuring music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, choreography by Sonya Tayeh, and direction by Laurie Woolery.


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Summer Concert Series | Various dates in May – September 2022, The Rooftop at Pier 17
There are rooftops—and then there’s The Rooftop at Pier 17—hosting one-of-a-kind concerts featuring some of your favorite artists and skyline views that can’t be beat! This summer’s line up features artists like James Arthur, Vance Joy, Jason Mraz, and many more!


There is no city quite like New York when it comes to live theater and show-stopping performances. With new Broadway shows to enjoy and concerts to sing along to, fill your spring and summer with the joy of music.

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Broadway: Paradise Square | Opening April 3, 2022, The Barrymore Theatre

In the slums of Lower Manhattan in 1863, amidst a divided country and a neighborhood crushed by poverty, one extraordinary community was formed. In the Five Points slum, free Blacks and Irish immigrants lived together in something close to harmony — until larger forces tore their corner of the world apart. Now, the new Broadway musical Paradise Square brings the history of Five Points to glorious life. Paradise Square tickets are on sale now.


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Broadway: Funny Girl Opening April 24, 2022, August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street

For the first time in 58 years, Funny Girl is heading back to Broadway. The revival will star Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch, Ramin Karimloo and Jared Grimes. This bittersweet musical comedy tells the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.

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Igor Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress May 30 – June 11, 2022, Metropolitan Opera

After an acclaimed company debut conducting the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin in 2016, Susanna Mälkki returns to lead Stravinsky’s neoclassical dark comedy. Young star tenor Ben Bliss is the cad Tom Rakewell, alongside soprano Golda Schultz as the virtuous Anne Trulove and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the diabolical Nick Shadow. Jonathan Miller’s surreal production, last seen on the Met stage in 2015, also features mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Baba the Turk and bass James Creswell as Anne’s father, Trulove.

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Lungs of the City: Olmsted’s Parks in Music | May 27, Fort Tryon Park (Dongan Lawn) Broadway & Dongan Place

In this concert, American Wild Ensemble, a septet of winds, strings, and percussion, will perform eight new works inspired by Olmsted-designed parks including Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. Since 2016, The American Wild Ensemble celebrates the people, places, and stories that shape American history and culture through the commission and performance of new music.


With warm weather finally returning to NYC, there’s an abundance of eateries and bars to try with outdoor dining options — many of which boast gorgeous views of the city below. Dine out and enjoy some of New York’s most popular restaurants with family and friends.

People enjoy themselves at the first Smorgasburg since the pandemic shut it down.

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Smorgasburg | Every Friday – Sunday, Williamsburg, Prospect Park, Westfield World Trade Center

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting thousands of people to Brooklyn, Manhattan, Jersey City, and Los Angeles each weekend to eat from dozens of local vendors. The New York Times dubbed Smorgasburg “The Woodstock of Eating.”

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2022 Wine Fest | April 22nd; June 11th, Jersey City + Brooklyn

Wine Fest is your all access pass to hundreds of new wines from around the world. Travel the world of wine. Guests will enjoy wine samples for the entire evening paired with live entertainment, food and interactive games. Jersey City (April 22); Brooklyn (June 11). Tickets can be purchased here.


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Sandbar Rooftop | Fashion District

Experience a beach escape for all seasons in the heart of the Fashion District at Sandbar Rooftop. Located on the 23rd floor of the Hilton, enjoy curated music, sophisticated menu items, and nearly 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building. Sandbar’s Hamptons beach décor features whimsical touches such as lifeguard chairs, hanging lounges, and swings created from reclaimed wine barrels.

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Uptown Night Market | Opening Night April 12th, then multiple dates | Under the Arches; 12th Avenue & West 135th Street

Uptown Night Market is back every Second Thursday of the month. With the best food, drinks, and performances, this ongoing event is one not to be missed. Purchase tickets here.

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Bourbon at Belmont | May 7 , Belmont Race Track 2150 Hempstead Turnpike Elmont, NY
It’s Derby Day! Celebrating one of the world’s finest spirits, Bourbon at Belmont returns to Belmont Park Racetrack. This event will feature more than thirty bourbons for tasting, a selection of craft beers, a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky, grandstand viewing of the track to enjoy live event day racing, and convenient betting windows. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Key and Heels | 1488 2nd Ave, Upper East Side

Behind the glowing neon sign of Key and Heels in the UES is a secret waiting to be unlocked. The storefront disguising itself as a locksmith and shoe repair shop is actually home to one of New York City’s most exclusive new speakeasies. The establishment is currently open Thursday through Saturday from 6pm until after midnight, and hosts private and house events Sunday through Wednesday.

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Electronic Lemon | Hudson Yards

Electric Lemon, a seasonal American restaurant, celebrates the passionate farmers, growers and artisans of the Mid-Atlantic, transforming their pristine products into clean, conscious cuisine that puts flavor at the forefront. Offering stunning views from the 24th floor of the Equinox Hotel, located within New York City’s Hudson Yards, Electric Lemon’s sleek, expansive dining room and serene al fresco terrace make up the ideal multi-use, day-to-night setting.


As one of the most dynamic, diverse and creative cities in the world, New York has a lot to offer its residents and visitors in terms of its cultural scene. Getting a free ticket to the MoMA and exploring an immersive Disney film-themed exhibit at the National Jazz Museum are just two of the many artistic and cultural happenings around our great city during the warm upcoming months.

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The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope | Now through May 1, 2022, New York Botanical Garden

The dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and floral designer to the stars, return for The Orchid Show’s 19th year. Leatham’s bold and colorful vision will unfold through captivating installations and designs, transforming the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience and visual effect, like the turn of a kaleidoscope. Orchid towers of orange, yellow, and green, undulating fields of white, and overhead plumes of purple, together with artistic embellishments and a kaleidoscopic tunnel of lights, will enthrall visitors.


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UNIQLO NYC Nights | Beginning May 6, 2022, The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA is staying open late on the first Friday of every month and admission is free just for New Yorkers from 4 to 8pm. If you live in one of the five boroughs, join the MoMA for this special monthly evening celebrating the art and the city that we all love. The stores and café will be open, too, so after you explore the galleries you can grab a bite in Cafe 2, enjoy a drink at The Modern, or shop for unique design objects from MoMA Design Store.


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The Fans Strike Back Exhibition | 526 6th Avenue, Corner of W. 14th Street at 6th Avenue

Explore the world’s largest private Star Wars collection made by fans, for fans. The exhibition features more than 600 collectables and figurines, including a life-size Jabba The Hutt figure, a six-foot-tall reconnaissance droid, a recreation of the Emperor’s throne room and the Starkiller Base command bridge, and full-size models of a speeder bike and pod racer.


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NYC Voices: A Poetry & Spoken Word Experience | Opening Night May 5, Parkside Lounge – 317 East Houston Street

This event is amazingly diverse and celebrates NYC based literary artists on an open mic. May 5th is opening night, and there are multiple dates throughout the summer on the first Thursday of every month.


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The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure | Now through August 31, 2022, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

First introduced at The American Adventure inside EPCOT at Walt disney World Resort, the National Jazz Museum has partnered with Disney to bring this experience to Harlem—a neighborhood in NYC well-known for its vibrant jazz scene, which fueled the careers of many jazz icons. While in Harlem, the exhibit will include a unique collection of artifacts curated by The National Jazz Museum, including items highlighting the career of pianist and jazz icon, Dr. Billy Taylor. Additionally, there will be maquettes of characters Joe Gardner and Dorothea Williams, and virtual experiences via the Play Disney Parks app.


Immerse yourself in the incomparable art and culture of New York City with these brand new exhibitions at the Whitney, Met, NYPL, and more iconic attractions.

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Whitney Biennia | April 6 – September 5, 2022, Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Biennial has surveyed the landscape of American art, reflecting and shaping the cultural conversation, since 1932. The eightieth edition of the landmark exhibition is co-curated by David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards. Titled Quiet as It’s Kept, the 2022 Biennial features an intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of sixty-three artists and collectives whose dynamic works reflect the challenges, complexities, and possibilities of the American experience today.

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Holbein: Capturing Character | Through May 15, 2022,  The Morgan Library & Museum

Holbein: Capturing Character is the first major exhibition dedicated to the artist in the United States. Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543) was among the most skilled, versatile, and inventive artists of the early 1500s. He created captivating portraits of courtiers, merchants, scholars, and statesmen in Basel, Switzerland, and later in England, and served as a court painter to Tudor King Henry VIII (1491–1547). Enriched by inscriptions, insignia, and evocative attributes, his portraits comprise eloquent visual statements of personal identity and illuminate the Renaissance culture of erudition, self-fashioning, luxury, and wit.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure | Beginning April 2022, 601 West 26th Street

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s contributions to the history of art and his explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena––including music, the Black experience, pop culture, Black American sports figures, literature, and other sources––will be showcased through immersive environments providing unique insight into the late artist’s creative life and his singular voice that propelled a social and cultural narrative that continues to this day. Organized and curated by the family of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this exhibition of over 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera, and artifacts tell the story of Jean-Michel from an intimate perspective, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences, and the times in which he lived.

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Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars | June 9, 2022 – March 4, 2023, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

In 2022, which would have been the year of Lou Reed’s 80th birthday, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center will mount Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars, the first large-scale exhibition featuring previously unseen and unheard work from Reed’s incredible archive. Caught Between the Twisted Stars, a lyric from “Romeo Had Juliette” from Reed’s New York, will chronicle the life’s work of a prolific and uncompromising artist—songwriter, musician, performer, photographer, poet, accomplished tai chi practitioner—and tells a story through the voices, images, and music of Reed and his collaborators, including artists Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Robert Wilson, and many more.

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In America: A Lexicon of Fashion | September 18, 2021 – September 5, 2022, The Met Fifth Avenue

The Costume Institute’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, launches a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. It establishes a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on its expressive qualities. A portion of the exhibition uses the organizing principle of a patchwork quilt. A signature quilt begun in 1856 from The Met’s American Wing collection opens the show, and serves as a metaphor for the United States and its varied cultural identities.

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