Sakura Matsuri – Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s never really spring without Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s cherry blossom festival. These beautiful trees show off their flowers for only a single week every year, creating a breathtaking spectacle enhanced in beauty only by its evanescence. Every year during this event, Sakura Matsuri explores and celebrates both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with a showcase of Japan’s greatest trends from throughout history. The two day even includes over 60 performances, ranging from dance shows to panels discussing the finer points of cosplay. Taiko drum concerts and comedy routines create a constant atmosphere of fun as attendees wander amongst the cherry blossoms in traditional Japanese kimonos, Harajuku girl outfits, and the costumes of their favorite characters from Japanese anime and manga. Learn about the Japanese process and tradition of flower arranging or visit the gardens various trees and discover the process behind their pruning and care.

Attendants looking for a challenge can compete in popular Japanese games like Shogi and Go or learn to draw in the style of manga, while those who are looking for a unique purchase can visit the Japanese Market, Tea Center, or Art Gallery where traditionally inspired clothing, drinks, and paintings can be found at an assortment of stores specializing in Japanese culture. A book and zine section will also offer guests the chance to pick up the latest issue of their favorite manga or Japanese magazine and book signings bring contemporary authors face to face with their fans.

Whether you are coming to take in the view and shows or to participate in the cultural exchange encouraged by the festival, Sakura Matsuri offers something for everyone. Don you best kimono or happi and wander between the ephemeral cherry blossoms at New York’s annual rite of spring.

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Earth Day in the Urban Jungle

It may be hard to imagine celebrating Earth Day when you’re surrounded by the concrete jungle of New York City but there are still plenty of ways to honor Mother Nature aside from just visiting central park. Check out these all natural options to help your Earth Day grow into something spectacular.

Earth Day 5k Walk and Green Tour

Unearth the natural secrets of New York City during a 5k tour of some of the city’s greenest spots. Visit sites like New York’s first underground park, the Lowline, and eco-friendly 1 Hotel Central Park and learn natural cooking before recharging with a nutrient-packed lunch. Exact locations will be revealed to participants upon registration.

Earth Day $1 Sale

If you love digging through the rare gems and treasures of the city’s greatest thrift shops, check out the Buffalo Exchange on Earth Day to find the greatest deals on clothing, jewelry, and accessories. With various locations throughout the city and all proceeds benefitting the Center for Biological Diversity there’s no reason not pick up some unique additions to your wardrobe for only $1 all day long.

Tulip Festival

April showers have brought flowers early this year with the annual Tulip festival springing to life this Saturday. Enjoy over 13,000 blooms in an assortment of every color in the West Side Community garden and experience one of the brightest displays Mother Nature has to offer in New York City.

“Stung by Climate” Earth Day Free Screening

Keep your mind on the environment with a free screening of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival Best Short Film winner “Stung by Climate” and see how climate change has affected bees and beekeepers across the country, and how we can help prevent their decline. A second film, “The Disappearing Frontier” journeys into Alaska to discover how people co-exist with the effects of climate change on a daily basis. A Q&A will be held after the screenings with director Nils Aucante of “Stung by Climate.”

NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Mother Nature bites back with the NYC Hot Sauce expo featuring some of the spiciest sauces in the country. Set your mouth ablaze and see what you can handle with a sampling of sauces from all over the country and find your next signature spice for all of your summer grilling and entertainment needs.

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Mad46 Opens for the Season

It’s that time of year again: birds are singing, flowers are blooming and mad46 returns to blow the roof off the city and Midtown Manhattan. Kick off your season of rooftop revelry this Wednesday, April 13th at 5:00 pm atop the Grande Dame of Madison Avenue and prepare yourself for another season of delicious food, tantalizing cocktails and, best of all, nonstop fun.

Happy Hours every weekday night from 10:00 pm until close will transform your workweek into another reason to celebrate, while Summer Soiree Saturdays highlight your weekend with a live DJ every week. Whether you want to party alongside the stars or enjoy the simpler pleasures of the indoor bar, mad46 is prepared to elevate your evening into something unforgettable.

While mad46 excels at making every night amazing, our staff goes above and beyond the call for special reservations and private engagements to create a night in the city that towers above the rest. Our chefs and bartenders cater every event individually in order to make every night a unique experienced tailored to our guests. With the range of specialty cocktails and menu options available, every time you party with mad46 will feel like a brand new, yet equally familiar experience. Reservations can be made at events@mad46.com, while our team can address all of your inquiries and questions at reservations@mad46.com.

Mix it up again this season with special events and parties on the rooftop, beginning with the Kentucky Derby event on Saturday, May 7th. Sponsored by Woodford Reserve, mad46 invites all of our guests to dress up in their finest Derby attire and enjoy Mint Juleps alongside many other delicious cocktails as we celebrate the 142nd Running of the Roses. Check back frequently for insight on more exciting events or enjoy the nightly excitement only the best rooftop bar in New York City can provide.

Mad46 is excited to return to the top in 2016 and we’re looking forward to celebrating with you. Join us on opening night or any other night during the year for a New York bar experience that truly rises above the competition. And remember, life is better at the top.

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Kids in NYC

With the warm weather approaching, the season for family vacations is upon us – time to grab the kids, pack the car and hit the road! The question is: where should you go to share those ultimate experiences with your family?

…”kids, we’re headed to New York City!” The Big Apple offers countless experiences that can even entertain those between the ages of 5 & 15 – score!

The Queens Zoo

Location: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

Cost: $5-8

Open daily (through Nov.6th), this unique zoo is home to animals from all over the world, from American alligators & bison to Canadian lynx, with a wide variety in between!

In addition to the animals and numerous hands-on exhibits, you and your family can enjoy an array of activities (not only fun but educational too) like their “Conservation Quests” and even join in feeding the zoo’s sea lions (check schedule for feeding times)!

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

Location: 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

FREE

This 585-acre public park is the perfect spot for the ultimate family picnic, offering not only multiple grilling stations and picnic areas but those classic scenic views you’ve been dreaming of!

Be sure to snag a color-coded map that’ll take you through 4 different nature trails, each with their own hidden beauty! Enjoy the lush green trees & plants, bird-watching stations and even waterfalls!

The High Line

Location: Multiple location along 10th Ave. below 30th St.

FREE

This is a public park with a unique twist – it was built over a historic freight line and sits 30 feet above Manhattan’s West Side, offering a bird’s-eye view of both river and city!

With numerous access points, wheelchair accessibility, shops and family events, there’s enough fun for everyone to enjoy (and you’ll be sure to find a spot to take that perfect family photo)!

American Museum of Natural History

Location: Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan

Cost: $12.50 – 22

Not only is this considered an NY icon and offers amazing exhibits, it also has a planetarium, an IMAX Theater and its own dinosaur wing! Talk about impressive!

Of course, you can’t visit a museum without checking out the gift shops and restaurants – finding that perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit is a must!

Times Square

Location: Broadway and 46th St., Manhattan

FREE

Take your little Mickey & Elsa fans to explore the Times Square Disney Store or Hershey’s Chocolate World (now I have your attention)! Here you and your family can customize your own Hershey bar wrappers and can even submit a message that’ll be shown outside on the store’s scrolling marquee!

Citi Field

Cost: $9-13 for tours, Mets games prices vary

Here your little slugger can not only practice their swing but can also check the speed of their pitch on the ‘Kiddie Field’ (where you’ll also find a dunk tank and an area for pictures with Mr. Met)!

The fun doesn’t stop there – wind back down with a stroll through the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum!

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