The waning of winter means the burst of life and activity in New York City. Old favorites return and new opportunities appear throughout the five boroughs.
Triplemint has selected a few highlights below for the spring season worth checking out.
NYSoM Park Cleanup – Brooklyn
Springtime usually means a great opportunity for you to tidy up your home and get those long-postponed chores done. New York State of Mind is a nonprofit organization that reminds us spring cleaning doesn’t have to just be for your home: they are organizing volunteers to help clean up Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick. As a part of this effort, volunteers will also help distribute care packages to homeless people who gather at the park.
If you are not in the area, use NYSoM’s model as inspiration to do some spring cleaning in your neighborhood park, or find other volunteer opportunities to give back to your community.
Event dates: 3/20
Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
Little Island – Chelsea
Credit: Little Island, Pier 55
Open to the public this spring, Little Island at Pier 55 is a new park “floating” in the Hudson. Years in the making, this park is a reimagining of a pier, merging nature with art. Visually arresting, this fully landscaped park will be a must-see addition to the area.
There have been some sneak peaks of the construction over the last year, but this spring you will be able to visit the finished park. Featuring a playground, 700-seat amphitheater, a hidden garden, and many outlook points, this park is slated to be your next favorite spot in the city.
Event dates: Spring 2021
KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature – The Bronx
Highly anticipated after a year’s delay, this massive celebration of Yayoi Kusama’s career is scheduled to begin this April. Known for her eye-catching displays often featuring repetition, such as in her Infinity Room series of mirror rooms, Kusama has consistently drawn crowds to her installations. Kusama’s previous work will display alongside new creations alongside new blooms from the botanical garden.
Cosmic Nature is scheduled to continue from April through the fall, with a rotating curation of complimenting indoor and outdoor garden displays. If you do visit the gardens multiple times this year, expect a new experience each time as new plants come to life and new installations appear to match the natural world around them.
Event dates: 4/10-10/31
Earth Day 2021 – Virtual
Credit: Earth Day Initiative
Every April, we recognize Earth Day as a time to reflect on our impact on the environment and how we can support protecting our climate and building a better future. This year, you have access to an incredible list of panelists and speakers virtually with the Earth Day Initiative. Previous speakers have included climate activists, celebrity scientists, actors and performers, and business leaders.
This year, the Earth Day Initiative has put together a fun new way to host a virtual festival: through a video game-like virtual experience! Take your avatar through their digital space and meet with environmental organizers and exhibitors to connect with others on this vital and important topic.
Event dates: 4/18-4/19
The Future Dance Festival – Virtual
With the spring comes a time of renewal for the old and discovery of the new. In this spirit, the Future Dance Festival, created by Taryn Kaschock Russel with 92Y, sets out to highlight new talents in choreography. This dance competition and festival will take place entirely virtually, giving anyone access to watch new talents who have yet to have had much recognized professional experience.
Taking place over three weekends, this festival will showcase the best of emerging talent in dance as selected by an expert panel of judges from across the country and across disciplines. Along with performances, video interviews will be broadcast to round out the festival.
Event dates: 4/9-4/25
Macy’s Flower Show – Herald Square
Credit: Diane Bondareff
This annual spring tradition is returning after a year’s hiatus with the theme “Give. Love. Bloom.” The landmark Macy’s at Herald Square will be outfitted with extravagant floral arrangements and topiaries to celebrate springtime. The event is open to all with necessary safety precautions in place.
Event dates: 5/2-5/16
Frieze New York – Hudson Yards
The bloom of spring brings a great opportunity to view world-class art at Frieze New York. This fair will feature around 60 exhibitors from the US and abroad, highlighting both emerging and established artists.
Moving to The Shed in Hudson Yards this year, the fair is also adapting by offering online exhibitions and programming to accompany in-person events. Alongside exhibitions, expect there to be exciting talks from the most important voices in contemporary art.
Event date: 5/5-5/9
15th Annual Dance Parade – Virtual
Dance Parade Inc is celebrating its 15th annual parade virtually this year with the theme “Dance Brings Us Together.” More than just a parade, this is a festival to celebrate the world of dance, learn new moves, and to show off your dancing skills! With different virtual stages to attend, the parade offers attendees opportunities to dance themselves for a chance to be spotlighted, virtual classes with teachers from across genres, and a mainstage of education and world-class dancers.
The parade’s organizers operate on a mission of unity, bringing together the world of dance to others. Their mission is to educate others, empower dancers, support cultural equity, and to celebrate the power of dance for the body and soul.
Event date: 5/5-5/9
New York City is still offering plenty to do this spring, even if things look a bit different this year. Contact one of Triplemint’s NYC real estate agents if you’re still on the hunt for more local happenings. They are local experts with great insights. Tag @TriplemintRealEstate to share your adventures with us.