Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for the weekend’s best events (April 18-20), from Gay Night at Full Bunny Contact to the last weekend of the Orchid Show.
1. PARTY: Gay Night at Full Bunny Contact at the CSV Cultural Center on April 18
It’s Easter like you’ve never seen it before! For one night only, the already rather queer Easter carnival Full Bunny Contact is turning up the gaiety with a night specially marketed to the LGBT crowd. In addition to the regular games (egg hunt, Shoot the Peep, Lil’ Bunny FuFu’s revenge) there will be a Westboro Baptist dunk tank and prizes from sexy store the Nasty Pig. In addition to all these delights, there will be drinks, DJs, dancing and an egg decorating contest. Fun!
DETAILS: 10pm; $30; 107 Suffolk St.; fullbunnycontact.com
2. PLANTS: The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary at New York Botanical Garden on April 18-20
Drink in the sights and smells of orchids, orchids and more orchids at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual festival of (you guessed it) orchids. This year’s theme of “Key West Contemporary” combines vibrant flowers with modernist architecture for a uniquely Floridian experience (without actually having to go to Florida, thank goodness). In addition to the main attraction, there are musical performances, curated poetry walks, and nighttime cocktail parties. See it before it closes April 21!
DETAILS: 10am-6pm; $25 weekends ($20 weekdays); 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx; nybg.org
3. DRINK: The McKittrick Hotel Rooftop Bar Opening on April 19
As spring tries desperately to happen, the McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More) will be opening its verdant rooftop bar Gallow Green to guests for the first time this season on Saturday. With full cocktail and punch menus, lush plantings, Medieval accents, great views, and tasty small plates, it’s got everything you need to pass a pleasant evening, provided it’s not too cold out. Bonus: There are lots of nooks and crannies to make out in.
DETAILS: 5pm-1:30am; free; 542 W. 27th St.; mckittrickhotel.com
4. MUSIC: Record Store Day at various locations on April 19
Celebrate your local independent record store and pick up any number of special releases available for one day only at this international event. Essentially Christmas for music nerds, Record Store Day encourages folks to gather round the turntable for musical performances, record signings, barbecues, dance parties, parades and more. Tell your favorite clerk how much he or she means to you. Bonus points for saying it with vinyl.
DETAILS: various times; free; various locations; recordstoreday.com
5. ART: Ai Weiwei: According to What? at The Brooklyn Museum on Apr. 18-Apr. 20
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist and dissident who was recently jailed by his government for vaguely defined “economic crimes.” His first NYC retrospective opens at the Brooklyn Museum this weekend, and it includes S.A.C.R.E.D., a monumental installation of six iron boxes, each containing a diorama depicting a scene from his incarceration he reconstructed from memory. Of course, your Brooklyn Museum admission also gets you access to other interesting exhibits as well, like Swoon’s immersive installation Submerged Motherlands and Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the 1960s.
DETAILS: 11am-6pm; suggested donation $12; 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn; brooklynmuseum.org