19 Reasons We’re Looking Forward to Spring

By nycgo.com staff

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Spring is a time of rebirth, and we’re feeling particularly hopeful and optimistic about the season this year. Here’s why:

Matt Harvey. Courtesy, New York Mets. Photo: Marc Levine

1. The Mets and Yankees could both be good. New York City’s Major League Baseball teams open their seasons in April. Their minor league counterparts in Brooklyn and Staten Island follow in June. The Mets have a great pitching staff and slugger Yoenis Cespedes, while the Yankees’ youth movement looks primed to bear fruit (a sign of their confidence: Gary Sanchez is already getting a bobblehead). —Jonathan Zeller

2. The Center for Women’s History is open at the New York-Historical Society. Everything about this is exciting. The center not only honors and highlights women’s achievements but also offers installations, talks and lectures. —Christina Parrella

3. Groundhog Day has come to Broadway. You won’t get Bill Murray dancing and singing (although, let’s face it, you can never completely rule out Bill Murray showing up anywhere), but the story of Phil Connors’ quest for a perfect day has been turned into a big-time musical. The book is by Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the movie with the late Harold Ramis. —nycgo.com staff

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4. It’s time to fire up the Cyclone. Again. Has it really been 90 years since Coney Island’s wooden roller coaster began to thrill (and terrify) riders? Relatively little about it has changed; the same goes for the Wonder Wheel, Nathan’s and the spirited vibe of the boardwalk. Opening day is April 8. —Andrew Rosenberg

5. There will be an abundance of 1990s rock nostalgia. Remember the ’90s? If not, here’s your chance to remember them for the first time. NYC’s own Spin Doctors play at Brooklyn Bowl on April 13. The Meat Puppets headline the same venue on May 10, and Buffalo Tom performs Let Me Come Over at the Bowery Ballroom on May 13. There’s also an Everclear, Vertical Horizon and Fastball lineup on June 3 and a show by Juliana Hatfield. Oh, and don’t forget Pearl Jam… —JZ

6. The lineup for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is amazing. Fans of grunge, arena rock and hip-hop come together under one roof for this year’s coronation at Barclays Center; they’ll get to see the likes of Pearl Jam and Journey, and honor Tupac. —CP 

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7. The Easter Parade will march down Fifth Avenue. The Hollywood classic Easter Parade culminates with a musical number as people in festive hats stroll down Fifth Avenue. But it’s not just a movie—it’s real life! On Easter Sunday, don some colorful attire and join the informal parade of passersby as they stroll “on the avenue” (from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to 57th Street). —Brian Sloan

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8. The Macy’s Flower Show returns. What better way to welcome spring than with the unspoken symbol of the season? Macy’s Herald Square has been putting on its annual flowery fete since 1946. This year’s theme: Carnival. —CP

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9. A film festival frenzy is forthcoming. Tribeca. Harlem. BrooklynHavana (but here in NYC, not actually in Havana). If you check the lineups and can’t find a movie that moves you, we’re not sure such a thing exists. —nycgo.com staff

10. There’s going to be a lot of good stand-up comedy. Sure, Netflix is releasing a new special every 10 minutes these days…but there’s still something special about seeing a great stand-up comedy set in person. This spring in NYC you’ll be able to catch the likes of Sasheer Zamata, Norm MacDonald and Jerry Seinfeld in the flesh. —JZ

David Villa, NYCFC. Photo: Elizabeth Shrier

11. Things will get kicky. The local soccer teams take to the pitch this season, so go cheer on the Red Bulls, NYCFC and the Cosmos. Find a guide to the season’s best games right here—AR

Robert Rauschenberg’s “Pelican" (1963), performed in 1965. Photo: Peter Moore © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA. Courtesy, Paula Cooper Gallery

12. Robert Rauschenberg is Among Friends at MoMA. The museum honors Rauschenberg, who helped start the pop-art movement. Work from six decades of his career will be on display at this retrospective. Set aside a whole day to explore. —CP

13. You’ve got an excuse to watch TV at BRIC. Ralph McDaniels, host of groundbreaking hip-hop show Video Music Box, will follow an afternoon of screenings with a live version of the program. —AR

14. No one does Earth Day like New York City. There will be a full slate of free outdoor activities at parks throughout NYC to celebrate Earth Day. Expect family-friendly events like a 5K walk through Central Park, free bands playing in Union Square and fishing lessons in Prospect Park. —BS

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15. Being linked in takes on new meaning. Some of the City’s public golf courses are open in winter (and yes, it’s been warm enough on a number of days to make a round viable), but let’s face it: spring is a more weather-appropriate time to hit the links. If you don’t have half a day to spare (and you have family in tow), consider a fun mini golf course. —AR

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16. It’s a chance to pedal through all five boroughs. While all the regular and VIP riding slots for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (May 7) are sold out, you can still sign up to ride on behalf of one of the event’s charity partners. Or you can just take to the streets to watch the stream of bikes weave its way through the City, while enjoying the live music and entertainment set up for the occasion. —BS

17. Still can’t get enough music? Let New Order help you make some sense of the new world order. It’s sure to be a blue Monday at Radio City. Even on a Thursday. —AR

18. We’ve got the azaleas. On Mother’s Day Weekend (May 13–14), the New York Botanical Garden should be in full Technicolor bloom for its annual Garden Party. There will be live music, picnic brunches, special tours and, of course, thousands of colorful azaleas in the recently expanded Azalea Garden. —BS

19. Osgood Fielding III delivers a killer last line. And the film it concludes, Some Like It Hot, is the last to be screened in Queens Museum’s spring series. Others on tap include spy classics Five Fingers, To Be or Not to Be and Notorious. —AR


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