Doing Spring on a Budget in NYC

Spring has sprung, has it not? The snow is practically melted and you don’t need to wear more than a light sweater when you leave the house. Things are good. Birds are chirping. The sun is shining. The North Lawn will soon become both the ideal spot to sunbathe and a minefield of people you want to avoid but can’t because everyone’s coming out of hibernation now. So while attempting to avoid the gross masses, rather than slink from tree to tree and unused outdoor grill to unused outdoor grill, maybe get off campus for a little bit! Now, raise your paw if you’re wondering what on this good green Earth there is to do on a college kid budget in the city come spring. Is it raised? Good. Well it’s your lucky day because I’ve got some answers!

  1. GOOD NEWS IT’S CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON! That’s right! For only $10, you can spend a lovely day at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Bring your friends, bring your more than friends, bring your it’s complicateds, or just bring your bad self and take some time to admire the flowers and blossoms and all that business. It’s fun, and not too pricey and oh so springy. The exhibit will be around from April 1-26 so make sure you go!
  2. THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL! Word on the street is that the movie line up hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s going to be great and it’s just generally fun and cool. Prices vary, but the festival runs from April 15-30 so you’ve got plenty of time to figure it all out.
  3. THE NYC HOT SAUCE EXPO! Brooklyn, 10am-6pm, $10 tickets, April 25-26, hot sauce. Be there or never speak to me again.
  4. GO ON A DAMN PICNIC! Pack up a picnic basket, a blanket, a ukelele, and some pretentious poetry and head down to Central Park. Strawberry Fields, East Green, Sheep Meadow, just to name a few, are fantastic spots to set up camp and spend a day frolicking in the springy weather with friends and lovers. And it’s only as expensive as the food and transportation. So that’s fun.
  5. CONEY ISLAND! Uhm, have you seen “Uptown Girls”?
  6. THE SECOND ANNUAL BACON AND BEER CLASSIC! If you love bacon and you love beer and you’re of age and you want to do brunch or dinner at this thing, then you’re set. There’s going to be so much beer and so much bacon and brew making lessons, music, games, and photobooths. Citi Field, April 25, 12-10pm, Queens, Tickets starting at $29.
  7. HAPPINESS AT THE STRAND! Still trying to shake your winter blues? Check out what’s happening at The Strand. Philosopher Frederic Lenoir talks about his book Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide. He’ll be there to sign copies, and talk about what happiness is in today’s wild world, and how you can attain it. April 14, 7:00pm.
  8. COOL MUSEUM STUFF! The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit – Documenting Hip Hop from Three Angels. This photography exhibit will also offer a sit down with Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper that will cover what early battle raps and break beats were like. April 15, 6:30pm, Tickets are $12-$16.
  9. BITCHIN’ FEMINIST ART! Anicka Yi’s exhibit draws parallels between society’s fear of contagious disease and fear of feminism. It’s forensically influenced and called You Can Call me F. The exhibit uses biological information to portray women as “a viral pathogen” that “undergoes external attempts to be contained and neutralized.” In essence, this is awesome and tears patriarchal fear of feminism a new asshole. AND IT’S FREE. So, you should go. Runs until April 11, 11am-6pm, The Kitchen in Manhattan.
  10. THE HIGHLINE! It’s free, it’s pretty, it’s outdoors, and it’s fun. This little outdoor park on risers has it all. Bring some lunch and a thermos of tea and sit and think or write or draw or hang out with your friends. It’s a good time, I promise. Closes at 7pm, Manhattan.

So there you have it, my spring chickens. Enjoy the sunshine before conference week hits and it becomes muggy as all get out. Get out there and have fun!

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