By Katrina Bakhl’15 and Veronica Chino’15
Kayaking, color-dye throwing, and Samurai sword fighting are a few of the activities New York City is offering you this spring.
Many New York City museums are free, or on specific days of the week or month. Take advantage of these opportunities to indulge yourself into the many city cultures.
The Hispanic Society of America gives you a chance to learn more about Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American culture and art. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) lets you explore the history of fashion, being the only museum in New York dedicated to fashion art. The Irish Hunger Memorial was created to increase awareness of the Irish Potato Famine in the mid-1800s. The location includes recreations of the architecture found in Ireland during the 19 century. The Brooklyn and Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden are free on Saturdays. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is free from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the New York Botanical Garden offers a free pass from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Both gardens give you the opportunity to connect to the world of plants.
The New York Botanical Garden also offers student discounts if student identification is presented at the time of purchase. From April 26-May 11, the New York Botanical Garden presents ‘Spring at the Garden,’ a presentation of various types of flowers that grow all over the world. On weekdays, prices for the presentation varies from $18.00 to $20.00, while on the weekends, the prices are slightly higher, varying from $22.00 to $25.00. The All Garden Pass includes admission to the Ednid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Native Plant Garden, Tram Tour, and all the exhibitions on the day of your visit.
The Brooklyn Museum, which allows you to explore ancient Egyptian masterpieces and contemporary art of wide range of cultures, is free on the first Saturday of every month, and offers a $6.00 student admission on any other day.
Luna Park, located in Coney Island, opened during Spring Recess and will be open on weekends up until Memorial Day weekend. The park offers a variety of different rides that will give you your dose of adrenaline, but be careful not to lose your voice from all of the screaming you will be doing while on them.
While taking a trip to the beach, also visit the New York Aquarium. The aquarium will give you chance to spend some time with different types of fishes, many of which you probably never even heard of, so might as well learn more about these sea creatures while there. Due to rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy, ticket prices have dropped and are now $9.95. Now until May 23, 2014, their opening hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From May 24, 2014 to Sept 2, 2014, opening hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can also get colorful by joining the Holi Hai parade. This colorful and lively East Indian parade will give you the opportunity to throw color dye at other people and into the air. You will also have a chance to try Indian cuisine and dance to Indian music. The celebration will happen on May 3, 2014.
“I’ve been to the Holi Hai last year, and I had a great time,” said Samar Syeda’15. “I never knew it would be fun to throw color dye at strangers.”
Feel like roaming the waters? Free kayaking will be offered starting mid-May at Pier 26. Grab a few friends and spend some time in the waters. Kayaking hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekdays. The only requirement of those wanting to kayak is that you must know how to swim.
If you find museums boring, don›t worry, the Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a museum like no other. It is a technology and entertainment museum, in which you have a chance to get “hands-on,” play, and learn about all of the unique technology gadgets out there. The museum is located at 550 Madison Avenue at 56 Street. Admission to the museum is free.
“I’ve been there before, and I found it pretty cool and interesting,” said Emily Wang’15.
If Japanese culture interests you, you may want to visit the “Sakura Matsuri” at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. This event will be celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Activities at the celebration vary from Samurai sword fighting to Ikebana flower arranging demonstrations. The event will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. The admission price is $20.
You can also check out the shiny and expensive cars at the annual New York Auto Show. The show is being held from April 15 until April 27. Attendees have a chance to look at the latest models of companies such as Toyota and Nissan. NASCAR drivers like Brodie Kostecki are attending to give speeches about their driving careers.
As the city transitions from the dull and gloomy winter to the colorful and lively spring, you should take advantage of the weather because this spring will shortly be in full swing.
By Katrina Bakhl’15 and Veronica Chino’15