Attractions

I grew up near Washington, D.C. and a big draw to the District in the springtime was the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Since I wasn’t able to make it there this year, I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see its acclaimed cherry blossom display instead.

Spring is the perfect season. I mean, just think about it—not too cold, not too hot and we finally have more precious hours of sunlight. The best thing about spring—besides finally ditching a few winter layers, that is: People are spending more time in the great outdoors.

If you are anything like me and love interior design but need a little inspiration to turn your drab dwelling into a designer’s dream, head to the 12th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show, March 21–24 at Pier 94.

Men take pride in their appearance just as much as the ladies, and for a few tips from a pro head to Saks Fifth Avenue March 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. for a men’s grooming event hosted by men’s skincare company La Mer. Fellas will learn tips and tricks from celebrity groomer Kumi Craig, who has gotten a long list of celebrities camera-ready, including Michael Jordan, Jon Hamm and Bradley Cooper.

I love brewery tours: you get to try new beers and see how they’re made. I’ve been on quite a few tours around the country (and in Ireland), but one of my favorites is right here in New York. Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery offers an extensive tour of its brewhouse followed by a beer tasting.

Last weekend, I went to one of my favorite places in the city, Brooklyn Museum. I hadn’t been to the Park Slope museum for a few years, but now that I’ve been back, I remember why I love it so much.

A few weeks ago, I hiked through the snowy hills of Fort Tryon Park to The Cloisters, a medieval art museum operated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One of the most visited places in New York City is Times Square. This main thoroughfare of lights, attractions and restaurants is always bustling with things to do and see. Several activities are currently going on in the area to celebrate the month of love. Through March 10th, visitors to Times Square can walk through the Valentine's Heart Sculpture entitled “Heartwalk, ”created specifically for Times Square by Situ Studio.

New York City is full of iconic places and a New York CityPASS allows you to see six for a fraction of the cost of regular entry tickets.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show, now in its fourth year, showcases the work of visual artists of African and Caribbean heritage. The event takes place today thru Feb. 10 at the historic Riverside Church and visitors can view and purchase the work of a wide range of talented artist.

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