By Dorri Olds
Hooray! We made it through another New York City winter. Aren’t you glad that’s over? Now it’s time to party down, forget your cares, c’mon get happy. While the weather is fine we can reach right up and touch the sky—ready, set, go.
New Chelsea Food Tour
Visit art galleries, nightclubs, the famous Chelsea Hotel, High Line Park, Chelsea Piers and stop at Chelsea Market, an indoor gourmet food lovers paradise. Covers 1 mile. Includes a full-dinner from 4 of the most popular local Thai, Cuban, French and Italian restaurants. Mon, Wed 5pm, $34.
Champagne Brunch Sunday Sail
Cruise the harbor in style for a unique Sunday brunch experience. NYC’s only floating designated landmark, an 82-foot schooner, carries you gently through the sun and spray. The package includes a big buffet, coffee, tea and open bar. The menu offers salmon, meats, cheeses, homemade breads, muffins, bagels and cakes. May–October, Sundays 11am–1pm. Adults $79, children 12 and under $39.
Edgar Allen Poe Greenwich Village Tour
A rich literary, cultural and artistic journey awaits. You’ll visit the home of Edgar Allen Poe, view music clubs on Bleecker Street where Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played, stroll through Washington Square Park and learn about the haunts of Lenny Bruce and the beat generation. Mon, Fri, Sat 2pm, 2 hours. Adults $25, Children ages 5–12 $20, kids under 5 free.
Helicopter Flight Grand Island
A 25-minute helicopter flight over Manhattan and the 5 boroughs. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, Empire State Building and Central Park. The aircraft is modern, state-of-the-art and comfortable. This is an unusually fun heart-pumping thrill.
Choose your dates and times.
$270 per person, infants free.
Upper East Side’s sidewalk Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine offers something to satiate everyone. Vegetarian, meat and fish entrees, appetizers of filo dough stuffed with cheese and grilled chicken salads will hit the spot. It’s also perfectly positioned for prime people-watching.
1431 Third Avenue at 81st Street 212-650-0850
Central Park Boathouse
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic spot anywhere in Manhattan to enjoy American, Traditional and Seafood meals. Grab a lakeside table and gaze at the wildlife. Try the Charcuterie Salad with Poached Chicken, Duck Confit and Cabbage, or Jumbo Lump Crump Crab Cake—it’s like a party in your mouth. The kids will love the burgers.
Central Park, Fifth Avenue at 72nd Street
Mon–Fri Noon – 4pm; 5:30–9:30pm
Sat–Sun 9:30am – 4pm; 6–9pm.
Make Music New York
This is MMNY’s fifth annual free music extravaganza open to the public. From hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, it’s a celebration of sound. Performances spill out onto the streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, parks and gardens. Get down and boogie with your bad self. Tuesday, June 21, 11am–10pm. Free.
Lexington Avenue Street Fair
A down-home street festival celebration from East 42nd to 57th Streets with more than 500 varieties of ethnic foods, arts and crafts and cultural exhibits. Saturday, May 28, 11am–6pm. Free.
HBO Bryant Park Summer Movie Festival
An annual summer event, this free movie festival makes Monday evenings something to look forward to. Thousands of New Yorkers flock to the Bryant Park lawn with picnic baskets, blankets, and bottles of wine to catch a free flick at sundown.
Mondays, June 20 – August22.
The Montauk Juried Art Show
The Montauk Artists Association is hosting their Memorial Day weekend Juried Fine Art Show on the Montauk Village Green May 28 - 29. There will be an exciting field of artists from all over our country as well as Israel, Turkey, Peru, China and Europe, bringing their paintings and prints, photographs and digital art, jewelry, ceramics, leatherwork and outdoor garden and table top sculptures.
Saturday 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday 10 AM–5 PM.
The Green is located on Route 27 in the center of Montauk.
Dorri Olds (DorriOlds.com)
is a freelance writer and web designer.