It’s gonna be May (sorry, I had to). This year has literally flown by so fast, it was New Year’s Day and then I blinked and now it’s May. I feel like I’ve been so busy with work, starting to plan a move and other commitments that I haven’t had a ton of time to dedicate to posting here, let alone even thinking about posting. I’m hoping things slow down so I can dedicate a bit more time to blogging. Anyway, without further ado, check out these things to do in May and embrace the spring weather in the city.
NYC Independent Film Festival, May 1–May 7
Close on the heels of the Tribeca Film Festival, this festival is in it’s 8th year. Showcasing films from around the world, the low-budget films are screened each evening, giving even working folks the opportunity to catch a flick. And even if you can’t catch any of the films, hit up one of the festival’s events to support up-and-coming filmmakers.
Taste of the Lower East Side, May 3
Grab a ticket and head to this annual event that showcases some of the city’s best eateries. Though they’re a bit pricey, tickets come with access to food from spots like Clinton St. Baking Co. Beauty & Essex, Mr. Purple and The Stanton Social.
SummerStage, May 17–September 13
Head to central park to check out a variety of of musical guests all summer long. Just be warned: if you want to go, it gets very crowded. Head to the park early to stake out your spot, spread out a blanket and bring some snacks (read: wine) and enjoy the show. Shows that sound particularly awesome: Elvis Costello, UCB Stars, and Yo La Tengo.
The Color Run at CitiField, May 27
This famous 5k has spawned many similar races, but head to CitiField Memorial Day Weekend to participate in the original. Don your white shirt and begin the race, and along the way you will get peppered with colorful dust that will tie dye your whole body, from head to toe. Have a little fun while getting some exercise. After all, life’s all about balance right?
Outdoor Movie Night, May 28
Every Sunday from late May through September, a movie night is hosted in one of NYC’s local parks. Though a large portion take place in Staten Island or Queens, the Randall’s Island Park location seems to be the most central for anyone in any of the five boroughs. Head there at sunset on May 28 for a screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.