Baby Carriage on Bike or Riot Shield as Carriage, by artist Michele Abeles
The best ideas for a fun weekend to welcome May, 2015

If you live in NYC, you’ve seen enough proof of spring to trust that the season has finally arrived for good. Spring is here and outdoor events have bloomed in courtyards, open community spaces and sidewalks all over New York.

If you’re overwhelmed about what to do in NYC this weekend with all this sunshine, keep reading to find the best ideas for a fun weekend to welcome May.

LIC Partnership panoramic photo of LIC Flea

Walk the High Line, See West Coast Art

In the West Village, you’ve already seen the new installation on the wall of The West Coast at 95 Horatio Street as you walk the High Line and the quiet cobblestone that makes the Meatpacking District iconic. The display of new piece is a collaboration between TF Cornerstone, High Line Art, Whitney Museum, and of course artist Michele Abeles.

The piece on exhibition is named “Baby Carriage on Bike or Riot Shield as Carriage.” As mentioned by The Whitney Museum, this installation is organized by senior curatorial assistants Elisabeth Sherman and Laura Phipps.

The Whitney Museum shares details on the 95 Horatio St art installation in this article.

W Magazine goes into full detail about the artist of this piece, Michele Abeles in this article.

Michele Abeles NYC Art Installation

New Whitney Museum Community Block Party

Did you see the invitation to this weekend’s grand opening events for the new Whitney Museum location on Gansevoort Street, just under the southern end of The High Line?

“On Saturday, May 2, join us for a free block party on Gansevoort Street, sponsored by Macy’s. Created in the spirit of a neighborhood festival, the Whitney Block Party will welcome visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events.

Throughout the day, booths designed by a diverse group of contemporary artists and community organizations will offer activities for a range of audiences, including karaoke, map making, and performance workshops. Large-scale acts on the main stage will include all-ages performances, including puppetry, dance, music, and poetry. These distinctive projects embody the Museum’s multidisciplinary and inclusive approach to contemporary art.

The Whitney Block Party is free and open to the public – no reservations are required for Block Party events and performances.”

The photo is from the museum’s dedication ceremony, with remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama, by Filip Wolak.

Wall Street Journal describes the full Whitney Museum project at Gansevoort Street in this article.

First Lady Michelle Obama at Whitney Museum

LIC Flea Returns for Year 3!

The LIC Flea and Food celebrated its third annual opening weekend this month! The excitement has only grown from the LIC Flea grand opening in 2013.

Center Boulevard starts anticipating the flea in March! Remember when you got the chance to try new foods like Bibingka-Esk last year?

Over the last two weekends, thousands of visitors have come to the flea and shared their favorite moments on social media.

Rockaway Brewing Company by queensofqueensny, Instagram

Bulldog Burgery at LIC Flea

Some familiar vendors join the LIC Flea again this year, and lots of new booths are opening each weekend as well. Only a few of the amazing photos from the last two weeks are gathered below, but keep an eye on the Twitter and Instagram hashtags to see all the amazing eats and fun finds each weekend.

See photos from the #licflea Twitter tag here.

See photos from the #licflea Instagram tag here.

See photos from the #licfleamarket Instagram tag here.

Senator Mike Gianaris at LIC Flea

Follow @licflea on Twitter and on Instagram, and you will instantly see other accounts that post gorgeous photos of the day as well.

Post your own photos on these hashtags and everyone can enjoy them, too. We may do another review of the LIC Flea, just to show of your handiwork!

@just_sarge the dog at LIC Flea

amNewYork ranks LIC Flea & Food as one of the top 25 Cool Things To Do in New York City in this article.

Gothamist gushes about the LIC Flea’s new Queens Beer Garden in this article.

Queens Courier lists out the 80 vendors who came out for LIC Flea Opening Weekend 2015 in this article.

Butcher Bar Brisket, smoked all night at LIC Flea

Brunch, Brunch Outdoor Brunch

On your way to or from the events above, you will probably see one of the most welcome sights to a New Yorker: outdoor seating at your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or café! Follow that impulse to sit and enjoy the lovely weather.

Lukes Lobster at LIC Flea, by alexanderhuezo

griddle cakes and stirfry at LIC Flea, by tiffysy

Whatever you do this weekend, remember to take a moment to raise your SPF-protected face to the sun and enjoy the season. Hello springtime!



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