Image via New York Botanical Garden

After a brutal winter filled with Nor-easters, a Bomb Cyclone and a hailing session (!!), it’s finally beginning to feel a little more like spring. In celebration of the impending warm weather, New York City is playing host to a variety of events, from unique walking tours to colorful flower shows:

Friday, March 30th

From 3pm to 4pm, join museum lecturers as they discuss the highlights of The Met Cloisters, free with admission to the museum. Explore the art and architecture of medieval Europe, and then take a stroll through Fort Tryon Park.

Saturday, March 31st

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. On our Secrets of Grand Central Terminal tour, we will tell you these stories — about what once was, what could have been, and what can be. Join us to see the transit hub’s hidden tennis courts, peek into the entrance of its glass walkways and much more.

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Head to the New York Botanical Garden at night to attend its Orchid Evenings, where visitors can down a few cocktails, listen to romantic music and wander through the colorful flower show to their heart’s content.

Sunday, April 1st

The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex — once the standard for United States medical care (and later transformed to the FBI headquarters when the island served as a detention center) — has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped Cities is bringing you behind-the-scenes for a unique exploration of the abandoned facility; on this experience, you’ll visit its contagious disease wards, the autopsy rooms and have exclusive access to places usually closed to the public.

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

We also have a few tickets left for our Underground Tour of the NYC Subway. Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan. This unique tour is designed to give a comprehensive history of the New York City Subway system, from its groundbreaking in 1901 up through the creation of the three different proprietary lines which were unified into the system we know today. See the architectural ghosts of the now nearly forgotten Chambers Street station and use the 6 train as your own time machine to ride through abandoned subway stations.

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Monday, April 2nd

Catch The City Reliquary’s acclaimed exhibit, Closet Archaeology: An Accidental Time Capsule, at The Gallery at Ace Hotel before it closes on April 2nd. Closet Archaeology presents a unique collection of ephemera discovered under the floorboards of the Children’s Workshop School/P.S. 61 by fourth-grade students!

Tuesday, April 3rd

The Everyday Heroes NYC exhibit opens at the New York City Fire Museum and runs until Saturday, April 7th. Featuring the paintings of critically-acclaimed artist, Alexander Miller, Everyday Heroes honors the men and women firefighters of New York City.

Sex and the So Called City, currently on view at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, closes out on April 3rd — so make sure to pay a visit! The exhibit examines the commodification of New York City, and its interaction with desire, image, media, and all things sensual.

Wednesday, April 4th

Wine and dine in the dark! Patrons who join Dinners at CAMAJE will eat with blindfolds on, heightening their other senses for a unique, culinary experience.

Thursday, April 5th

New York City is one of the most popular places for street photography, but what does it take to catch the perfect image? Photographer and world traveler Thorsten Overgaard will discuss all aspects of the process in his What is Street Photography? talk.

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