Everyone knows New Orleans is the true home of Mardi Gras. However, we’re not in New Orleans and we want to celebrate too! If you’re in the same boat, this list we compiled of the best Mardi Gras celebrations the city has to offer should be a big help to you! For more information, visit TimeOut.com/NewYork.
Mardi Gras Bash at The Bell House in Brooklyn
“Ready to party Big Easy–style? The bumpin’ brass ensemble Hungry March Band, DJ Jonathan Toubin and pianist Gordon Webster tear this Brooklyn house down with traditional NOLA tunes. Make sure to snack on some gumbo to fuel your energy in order to boogie hard on the dance floor.”
“Funky Fat Tuesday” Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic at B. B. King Blues Club in Midtown (West)
“George Clinton—the one and only Uncle Jam and author of the recent memoir (deep breath) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?—lands the mothership for a night of ass-liberating funk. Here the funk innovator hosts what’s become an annual Mardi Gras celebration for fifth straight year.”
Bierhaus NYC Mardi Gras at Bierhaus NYC in Midtown (East)
“Glug numerous brews, gorge on doughy pretzels, get your hands on some beads and revel in the gluttony during a special Fat Tuesday celebration inside this German Hall. Enjoy listening to some live music and, if you’re up for it, sign up for trivia at 6:30pm.”
Tulane NYC Mardi Gras Party at Drom in the East Village
“The Mardi Gras festivities can’t stop and won’t stop thanks to some folks from N’awlins itching to celebrate all over again in the Big Apple. Tulane, a New Orleans university, hosts this traditional bash with a performance by NOLA native and percussionist Derrick Freeman. He and his soul brass band play a lively set that will make you shake your tail feathers.”
Everyone knows that New York City is a romantic town. If it wasn’t then why would so many Rom-Coms be filmed here? For you, we have compiled a list of the most recommended romantic locations sprinkled throughout this magical city. Feel free to contribute your own favorite spot if we happened to miss it!
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden – This 100+ tear old urban garden has been an oasis of natural beauty since its opening in 1911. (Note – The cherry blossoms, a visitor favorite, typically start to bloom in March.)
- Top of the Empire State Building – The city takes on a whole new look from the top of this famous building and you can definitely look forward to holiday themed lights all throughout the year.
- Butterfly Conservatory – Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the conservatory brings a tropical oasis to the city throughout the winter and early spring.
- Jane’s Carousel – This 1920’s era carousel, painstakingly and authentically restored to its original glory, opened to the public in 2011 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is protected by a glass enclosure, making a spin a possibility year round.
- Bow Bridge Central Park – Whether you walk over it or row ender it, the Bow Bridge is a wonderfully romantic destination to visit.
- Lincoln Center Fountain – Make sure to visit this fountain at night. It’s most beautiful when all lit up and you will have the chance to see one of the fountain’s 5-minute water shows.
- Highline – This raised path is truly infested with wildflowers and art in the best way. The Highline also offers weekly tours and the occasional stargazing opportunity.
- Williamsburg Waterfront – East River State Park is the perfect combination of hipster people-watching locale and perfect picnic place.
- Cloisters – Be transported in time as you explore this medieval-feeling castle and grounds, home to the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections.
- Boathouse at Prospect Park – This certified landmark is the perfect backdrop to a romantic stroll through the park.
For more romantic NYC spots, visit TimeOut.com/NewYork.