Events that may have to do with flowers, festivals, art and biking – Times Square Chronicles
In May, Billy Joel in Concert, Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Fleet Week, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Five Boro Bike Tour and more.
Throughout the month until June, the Museum of Arts and Design, on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Flower Craft gallery, will present the works of six botanical artists. A free art-making and discussion workshop will take place and a Flower Power pass can be purchased online and will provide discounted entry to the museum for $45 (a value of $108) for the duration of the exposure. Two newly installed beehives are also on the roof of the Museum.
At the Starrett-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street, between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues in Chelsea, is a Basquiat exhibit, curated and curated by the Basquiat family (along with famed architect David Adjaye and design firm Pentagram), with more of 200 rarely seen works.
Over 250 events across the city, including seminars, exhibitions, installations, trade shows and conferences. Design disciplines include architecture, digital and technology, DIY and crafts, engineering, fashion, furniture, graphic design, industry and manufacturing, landscaping, lighting, product design, television, film and media, urban design and more. Featured events include Frieze New York, ICFF, Bklyn Designs, WantedDesign and Collective Design. Visit nycxdesign.com to learn more.
The PEN World Voices Festival offers over 30 events throughout Greenwich Village. Highlights from this year include Ukrainian writer and PEN Ukraine President Andrey Kurkov, who will deliver the Arthur Miller Lecture; an opening night featuring 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah. To find out more, visit pen.org/festival
The Botanical Garden located in Brooklyn celebrates cherry blossoms and all flowers. See over 200 flowering trees. Buy your tickets online in advance.
The Whitney Biennial 2022 (April 6 – September 5, 2022)
MLB is in May!
04/30 and 05/01: moving forward a new two-day music festival at Wollman Rink in Central Park from 2-10 p.m. featuring a variety of artists including Guy Laliberte, Weather Station, Carlita, Acid Pauli, Dill and The Illustrious Blacks. A full sensory exhibit and dishes prepared by chefs from the city’s culinary scene.
5/1 Five Boro Bike Tour (by TD Bank) 32,000 cyclists riding 42 miles through New York’s five boroughs, ending in Staten Island, where a fun outdoor festival awaits. Watch bike demonstrations, a mountain bike stunt show, food, product samples, massages and more while donating to a worthy cause.
5/1: The annual Mayday resistance festival at Maria Hernandez Park, with a free outdoor concert, party and community celebration in honor of International Workers’ Day. Expect Cita Rodriguez (salsa), Milagro Verde (amazónica chicha), DJ Bembona (tropical bass), Junior Mint, Rebel Diaz’s RodStarz (host) and Combo Chimbita (cumbia tropical psychedelic bomba), resource tables from a range of community organizations and arts activities for children. Cultural workers and community groups will inform residents of their rights as tenants, immigrants and workers. Speakers will highlight recent frontline worker victories and other ongoing labor struggles in New York. It’s a day of music, art and joyful resistance, where neighbors come together to build solidarity, mutual aid and people power.
5/3, 4, 10, 11 and 12: Free dance evenings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from May. People can cut a mat and learn new styles led by experts starting at 6 p.m., when instructors teach you how to swing, tango, salsa or bachata. An hour later, a live band plays the appropriate tunes so you can show off your new steps under the stars. This year’s lineup includes salsa dancing at Avenida B Salsa Dura (May 3), swing dancing at The Antoinette Montague Experience (May 4), a Cinco de Mayo night with Mariachi Real De Mexico and singer Jose Adán Perez (May 5), flamenco and rumba with Nélida Tirado (May 10), an African fusion evening across the continent with Sekou and Friends (May 11) and an evening featuring music from the Americas of Colombia, Peru and of Venezuela with La Mar (May 12).
5/4: Free summer moviesThe Rooftop Film Club atop the Skylawn Embassy Suites screens movies at lofty heights for several days in May.
- The Great Gatsby (May 4, 2022).
- When Harry met Salley (May 5, 2022)
- Coming to America (May 5, 2022)
- You’ve Got Mail (May 6, 2022)
- Goodfellas (May 6, 2022)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (May 7, 2022)
- Moonstruck (May 7, 2022)
- Do What It Takes (May 7, 2022)
- Large (May 8, 2022)
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s (May 8, 2022)
5/7: Project 91 hosts Spring Fest with a star-studded lineup including Jai Wolf, Audien, SNBRN, Frank Walker, MADDS and more. This all-ages event will take place at the Lefrak Center at Lakeside located in Prospect Park.
5/11: The Fashion Institute of Technology and Macy’s are hosting a parade featuring looks created by a select group of 2022 graduates of FIT’s Fashion Design BFA program, spanning five concentrations: Knitwear, Activewear, Intimate Wear, Special Occasions and Children’s Wear. The parade will present all the models and will be judged by a panel of renowned designers. The Future of Fashion will take place at FIT on the outdoor breezeway located on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Admission is by invitation only, with a publicly available livestream here.
5/12 -15: Swamp in the City Cajun Creole Music Festival Multiple locations in Red Hook, Brooklyn and on Governors Island. This festival celebrates the vibrant musical, cultural and culinary traditions unique to southwest Louisiana. Featuring world-class Louisiana dancehall bands, Cajun/Creole food, jam sessions, cooking demonstrations, dance lessons, music workshops.
5/14-15: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 42nd-57th Street, Ninth Avenue International Food Festival Argentinian, Brazilian, Cajun, Chinese, Cuban, Dominican, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Moroccan, Pakistani, Polish, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, Senegalese, Sicilian, Southern, Spanish, Thai, Trinidadian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese cuisine – and more!
5/14: Billy Joel performing at Madison Square Gardens
05/21: Taste of Tribeca Taste Bouley, Bubby’s, Chanterelle, Tribeca Grill and more. The cooked dishes included the Lamb Meatball Masters Challenge and Tang’s Natural Dumpling Challenge. General tickets allow for 6 tastes of some of New York’s top chefs. $40 upfront, $45 same day. Info: www.tasteoftribeca.com
25/05 -31: Fleet Week Thousands of Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard vessels have come to New York almost every year since 1984. It is a celebration of the services of the sea and provides an opportunity to see the latest capabilities of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Team.
05/26: The Who performing at Madison Square Gardens
27/05-30: Memorial Day weekend offers a ton of choices to enjoy New York City and honor those who fought in our United States Armed Forces. Free admission to the military museum, fleet week, FREE outdoor movies, art exhibits and more!
5/ 27 – 26 August (select Friday evenings)
The Intrepid Museum’s summer film series returns this summer! Watch a film on the flight deck of Intrepid, featuring classic films and celebrating their 40th anniversary! Enjoy FREE sea, air and space themed movies under the stars all summer long on the flight deck! The flight decks open at 7 p.m., the film begins at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Friday, May 27: An officer and a gentleman
- Friday, June 24: AND the extra-terrestrial
- Friday July 29: Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
- Friday August 26: blade runner
28-30/5 and 4-5 June; 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – FREE artwork presented by original artists. Paintings, sculptures, eco-responsible art and many other unique pieces to see or buy, More info: www.wsoae.org