What’s on in New York this Spring


By Eloise Barker

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March 2017

Spring in New York is a wonderful time – the promise of warmer months ahead brings out the best in everyone. Wear green for St Patrick’s Day or don your cap and mitt for the start of the baseball season.

Art on Paper

Starting the month of March with a fantastic art event, the third annual Art on Paper fair takes place at Pier 36 in the Two Bridges neighbourhood, where galleries come together to showcase their artists. From 2 to 5 March, see photography, drawings, paintings, and even sculpture - all starting with paper. Pushing the boundaries of the medium, last year famous artists like Robert Rauschenberg were exhibited alongside lesser known but fascinating practitioners.

When? 2 to 5 March

Where? Pier 36, 299 South St, New York, NY 1000

Nearest Subway: East Broadway

Where to stay: Hotel Hugo

Glitzy new sports cars are hidden under covers and then dramatically unveiled to the press

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is one of the finest plays of the 20th century and deserves a great cast. Showing at the Belasco Theatre this season, starting 9 March, it stars two-time Academy Award Winner and Hollywood veteran Sally Field as Amanda Wingfield. She plays a worn out mother bent on finding her fragile daughter Laura a gentleman caller. But Laura lives in her own little world, with only glass animals for company. Williams’ breakthrough play will be a sell-out show, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

When? From 9 March

Where? Belasco Theatre, 111 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Nearest Subway: 42 Street – Bryant Park

Where to stay: The Knickerbocker

  • The NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade. © Dominick Totino / nycstpatricksparade.org

    St Patrick’s Day

    New Yorkers look back at their Irish roots in a citywide celebration.

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    Baseball season

    See a legendary team play a quintessentially American sport. Yankees games start on 10 April.

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  • Amélie

    A fabulous life

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed the original French film, but this stage adaptation successfully translates the utterly charming Amélie for the stage.

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St Patrick’s Day

The biggest and best St Patrick’s Day parade in the US, the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, sees hundreds of thousands of people don green to celebrate their Irish heritage. It’s a time-honoured tradition, dating back from 1762 and honouring the 5th century saint. On the 17 March, make sure to head down to Fifth Avenue to join in and watch the procession of bands, performers, and societies. Then be sure to follow them to the party afterwards.

When? 17 March

Where? 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street

Nearest Subway: 5 Avenue

Where to stay: Roosevelt or Westin Grand Central

Indecent

Broadway isn’t just about the classic musicals: it can also be an exciting showcase for new writing. New play Indecent, by playwright Paula Vogel, is a highlight this spring. It’s 1923 and a Yiddish play with a lesbian subplot is causing controversy. Commercial success beckons, but criticism and denouncement dog the cast. Despite the gathering storm, they are determined to see their project through. Swap the staginess of many Broadway shows for emotional intensity in this dramatic story, inspired by actual events.

When? From 4 April

Where? Cort Theatre, 138 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Nearest Subway: 49th Street

Where to stay: Sheraton New York Times Square or Hilton Midtown

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    You take the high road

    In the springtime the High Line is a great spot for a stroll in the sun.

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  • From sports cars to sedans: cars on display

    New York International Auto Show

    A car catwalk for all the latest automobiles in April.

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  • Stacey Steers. Edge of Alchemy Collage #3, 2016. Hand worked collage on paper. 4.5 x 5.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery.

    Art on Paper at Pier 36

    Buy original art or just browse the booths on Pier 36.

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Baseball Season

April means baseball. In New York, the Yankees are the team to watch, for their reputation as one of the most historically successful teams of all time, and their iconic players – Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. Catch the team playing one of the first games of the season in their home stadium. Enjoy the atmosphere and paraphernalia of a classic American game: the hot dogs, the bleachers, the dugout and watching playbacks on the truly massive screen: the jumbotron.

When: From 10 April

Where: Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

Nearest Subway: 161st Street – Yankee Stadium

Where to stay: Hudson or Empire

New York International Auto Show

This massive automobile show drives car companies into releasing hot new car concepts under the sparkling glass roof of the Javits Convention Center. Glitzy new sports cars are hidden under covers and then dramatically unveiled to the press. There are VR headsets in the driver’s seats and surprisingly sentimental famous cars – from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to a time-travelling DeLorean. Last year, a dramatic obstacle course showed off the muscle power of 4x4s.

When: 14 to 23 April

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Nearest Subway: 34th Street – Hudson Yards

Where to stay: Staybridge Suites Times Square

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    Westin Grand Central hotel

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  • Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. © rmbpearson photography

    Wares in the square

    Better than your ordinary souvenir: photography and craft have enriched this fair which has run for over 80 years.

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Amélie, a new musical

Amélie is a brand new Broadway musical for spring. Phillipa Soo, the breakout star of Hamilton, stars as young Parisian Amélie, a lonely dreamer who is looking for happiness. How do you look for love when you live in a world of your own? Based on the academy nominated 2001 film, this sweet, quirky musical takes to Broadway – after a run in Los Angeles. With brand new songs, including ‘Times Are Hard for Dreamers’: it’s from Paris, with love.

When? Throughout May

Where? Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W 48th St

Nearest Subway: 49th Street

Where to stay: Riu Plaza New York Times Square

The High Line walking tours

Beating Central Park for views, the High Line is New York’s newest and most unusual public space – a walkway along a disused railway. Not a subway, but an elevated freight line that stretches 22 blocks, near the trendy meatpacking district. In the fine May weather, eat at food vans and an open-air café, catch the sunset, walk around public art and banks of grasses and flowers. From May and throughout the summer, you can take a tour that tells the story of how a whole garden sprang up in the air.

When? Tours from the start of May

Where? 34th Street and 12th Avenue

Nearest Subway: 34th Street - Hudson Yards Subway Station

Where to stay: The Standard Highline

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

May means public holidays. In the US, everyone celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday in May (29th May) with a public parade to commemorate those who have died serving in the armed forces. It coincides with ‘Fleet Week’, which brings a flotilla of military ships to the Hudson. To celebrate the long weekend, visit the twice-yearly outdoor art exhibition in Washington Square, an art fair that was founded by a cash-strapped Jackson Pollock in 1931. Buy art, sculpture, jewellery, and meet some local artists.

When? 27 – 29 May

Where? University Place, East 13th Street

Nearest Subway: 14th Street - Union Square Station

Where to stay: The Roger

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