New York City is a magnificent place to visit any time of year, but spring is especially lovely—and the natives are in exceptionally good spirits because winter is finally over! There is no shortage of fabulous events happening in the next few months; whether you’re looking for a black-tie event or something fun for the family, you’re bound to find a memorable way to celebrate spring in the Big Apple.
Here is a list of some outstanding events we’re excited about.
TD Five Boro Bike Tour—May 4
Imagine riding a bike through all 5 boroughs and across 5 bridges—without traffic! Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation produce this annual event, when the roads are cleared of traffic and more than 30,000 riders experience the city on bikes. A stellar lineup of artists provides entertainment all along the tour’s route, culminating in a Finish Festival on Staten Island.
2014 James Beard Awards Gala—May 5
If you’re a serious foodie, this is not to be missed. The black-tie event at the David H. Koch Theater in the Lincoln Center honors the winners of the year’s James Beard Awards for culinary excellence. This year’s theme is “Sounds of the City.” The gala dinner chefs are each from an American city with a shared love of music and food.
Charles James: Beyond Fashion—May 8 through August 10
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibits are always spectacles. This year’s exhibit focuses on the work of Charles James, one of the most renowned designers to work in New York City; his last studio was in the Chelsea Hotel. This collection of 75 ball gowns is bound to be exquisite. The designs will be presented in two different locations in the Museum: the new Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery in the Anna Wintour Costume Center and in special galleries on the Museum’s first floor.
Mother’s Day at the Central Park Zoo—May 11
Come to the zoo to celebrate moms, both animals and humans. The family party has something for everyone and includes visits with animal moms and their babies; an animal mom’s scavenger hunt; and the opportunity to make tasty treats for the animals. Children will also make a special Mother’s Day craft. It has all the makings of a memorable day at the Central Park Zoo, which is not far from our office on Central Park West.
NYC Craft Beer Festival-Summer International—June 20 & 21
Better get your tickets now for this beer lover’s event! Held at the Lexington Armory, the summer show will focus on the best craft beers from home and abroad, with both American and international brews available for tasting. This showcase of brewing expertise will offer approximately 150 different beers, with food and retail vendors also on site.
We have two more spring-related notes we’d like to share. Dr. Zevon is a passionate birder, and the spring migration is currently in full swing, with warblers and other neotropical species filling the treetops of Central Park. And we’re delighted to announce that the Tavern on the Green; has just re-opened; this historic Manhattan restaurant is known the world over, and it’s right around the corner from our office! We couldn’t be happier about spring in New York City.