leisure 04.14.14

Signs of Spring
Old New York

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Spring will be a little late this year. True, the crocuses did what they always do: begin stirring themselves and poking their heads up in February to see if it might be time to bloom (crocuses may not be the brightest of nature's creatures, but they arguably its most optimistic). Still, signs of the season are unmistakable.

Restaurants are cleaning up their outdoor spaces. A few ideas: John Poiarkoff's excellent eatery The Pines has a low-key Brooklyn backyard with a few Greek columns for eccentric measure… Riverpark, way over on East 29th, isn't the middle of nowhere, it's actually pleasantly situated by the East River… A short walk from Broadway theaters is Barbetta, a grande dame dating back to 1906, with a stately gardenBeer brewed on site, a retractable roof, views of the Empire State Building and Batali-orchestrated food are more than enough reasons to visit Birreri atop Eataly.

The New York Botanical Garden is offering a Spring Awakening Tour, Saturdays at 12:30pm.

The Run for the Roses is Saturday, May 3 and Eleven Madison Park holds its sixth annual Kentucky Derby Party.

Just opened: the very first blossoms of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cherry trees.

Transportation Alternatives is holding the Bike to Work Challenge, May 12-16, "to find NYC's happiest workplace."

Wave Hill hosts Arbor Weekend, April 25-27.

Everyone is out snapping pics with their phone or camera. Take your photography to the next level with advice from James Maher—or take one of his private street photography workshops.

Looking south on what will be Columbus Avenue

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