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Where do we begin? With the ball dropping over Times Square every New Year’s Eve or opening night on Broadway? The Rangers, Knicks, Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets. Toy fairs, marathons and a giant Snoopy floating high above the cheering crowds of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
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Few events herald the birth of spring like a shower of luminous pink petals falling softly from hundreds of cherry trees. Cherry-blossom viewing, known as hanami, is a centuries-old Japanese custom, a springtime occasion for merriment and the contemplation of life's beauty and transience. You can partake in this tradition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, home to scores of flowering varieties for public enjoyment. Guided tours focusing on the blooms are held on Wednesdays during the April viewing season, though the more-frequent garden highlights tours will touch on them as well. The month culminates in celebration of the brilliant blooms with Sakura Matsuri, a festival of Japanese performances and cultural happenings, on April 30 and May 1. For more information, visit bbg.org.
Although best known for her contributions to the New Yorker, Roz Chast has produced a body of work that includes some 1,200 cartoons, 15 illustrated children's books and an award-winning 2014 visual memoir,Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? This exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, which features more than 200 pieces of her art, celebrates the influence of the City on the artist.
For the 40th anniversary of the Ramones' 1976 recording debut, this Queens Museum special exhibition aims to capture the band's lasting impact on music, fine art and popular culture through hundreds of pieces of Ramones-abilia. The show includes flyers, photos, concert footage, original lyrics manuscripts, T-shirts, the Ramones' signature leather jackets and contributions from such artists as Simpsons creator Matt Groening; Mark Kostabi, cover designer for the Ramones' final record, Adios Amigos; and Shepard Fairey, the man behind the Obama "Hope" poster and a champion of Dee Dee Ramone's paintings.
The New York City Ballet returns to Lincoln Center this spring with a slew of breathtaking performances. Ballet fans can expect plenty of Balanchine and Robbins along with a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Spring Gala on May 4, with a world premiere and other shows to be announced. For more information, visit nycballet.com.