Now, as anyone who has read the blog before may know, I’ve been to Hotel Chantelle before. In the dead of winter and at night. So, I was excited to head back for their annual Kentucky Derby party to check out their open rooftop deck on a perfect sunny, spring afternoon.
This weekend was Sakura Matsuri, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. I’ve had my tickets for this event for weeks, and have been counting down the days. I dragged my roommate, Kate, along with me out to Brooklyn for The Naturalized New Yorker’s first ever non-Manhattan post!
Getting to the gardens is easy – it’s accessible from the Subway, so we hopped on the express 4/5 train and were there in just over a half hour. After that, it’s less than a 10 minute walk to the BBG entrance on Washington Avenue (we didn’t actually use a map or any directions, just followed the giant crowd all walking in the same way).
I have been crazy busy at work recently, and haven’t had much of a chance to go exploring or check out anything particularly post-worthy. So, in lieu of a new post here’s a rundown of fun events coming up in New York that I’m definitely planning to attend. Since it’s spring, everything fun is starting to happen and I don’t want to miss anything (major FOMO) so I’ve been scouring the internet for fun stuff to do. If I missed any fun upcoming events, let me know!
Every year, Macy’s in Herald Square puts on a huge flower exhibition called Art in Bloom. This show has been going on in some form or another since 1946. It first started out as potted plants, but has since expanded to a huge spectacle with millions of flowers and countless local vendors and florists participating to transform Macy’s from a department store into an amazing flower landscape, straight from the whimsical pages of Alice in Wonderland.
This year, the show runs from March 22-April 4. Over the course of the two weeks, there were countless events and classes held at Macy’s. Unfortunately, with a busy spring schedule and regular work hours, I was unable to make it to any of the fun painting and flower arranging classes and had to settle for just wandering around the massive store and looking at all of the beautiful flowers. I headed there one day after work to try and beat the weekend rush (but, really, the world’s largest Macy’s is always crowded).