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The Weekend It List: May 10-12

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see it.

ūüćŅThis weekend brings three excuses to exist on
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ūüćŅThis weekend brings three excuses to exist on a popcorn diet. ūüćŅ

The spring/summer season features the premieres of some of the year‚Äôs most-anticipated flicks, and we¬†rounded up 29 of them to help you sort through the noise. First up: the live-action ‚ÄúPok√©mon‚ÄĚ with a Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds, an Anne Hathaway/Rebel Wilson team up that gives us the gender-swapped version of ‚ÄúDirty Rotten Scoundrels‚ÄĚ we needed, and ‚ÄúTolkien,‚ÄĚ a look at J.R.R. Tolkien‚Äôs journey to becoming a writer.¬†

‚ÄúTolkien,‚ÄĚ our critics' favorite of the three,¬†flashes between the "Lord of the Rings" creator's¬†years at school and the trauma of fighting in World War I. Nicholas Hoult plays the young Tolkien as kind, bright and somewhat shy, while Lily Collins plays his love interest.¬†

If intrigue alone doesn't convince you to spend a few hours in one of these fictional (and not-so-fictional) worlds, the rainy weather forecasted for Friday and Sunday will. 

tram it.

What do "Spider-Man," "The Exorcist," "Shaft" and "Blacklist"
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What do "Spider-Man," "The Exorcist," "Shaft" and "Blacklist" all have in common?

All were filmed on Roosevelt Island,¬†that sliver of land in the East River¬†connected to Manhattan proper by an iconic red tram. It's easy enough to¬†forget it's¬†part of the borough, which makes it even more ideal for a day trip. After the adventure of getting to the 147-acre island (NYC Ferry¬†is another option), stroll through its history¬†‚Äď the ruins of a hospital used to treat smallpox patients, a wooden home that's among the city's oldest, a landmarked lighthouse¬†‚Äď and on through the new Cornell Tech campus.¬†

So be like Spider-Man and hop on that tram ‚Ästjust ride inside, OK? ‚Äď to discover more of your city.¬†

drink it.

Anglophiles everywhere are celebrating the arrival of yet
Photo Credit: Palm Court at the Plaza

Anglophiles everywhere are celebrating the arrival of yet another royal baby ‚Äď Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.¬†And what better way to honor America's biggest contribution to the British monarchy¬†than with a spot of afternoon tea?

Fortunately, the city still has a host of classic tearooms with elegant furnishings and delicious savories. Generations of New Yorkers and international tourists have enjoyed the Plaza Hotel, where gold-adorned ceilings and marble pillars set a scene of grandeur at the recently remodeled Palm Court. Three afternoon tea options exist, and, depending on your price point, you can enjoy cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon or prime rib and peekytoe crab with your tea. But if you really want to feel like you're dining in Windsor Castle, check out the Grand Salon at the Baccarat Hotel, whose glistening space features Jouffre silk-covered walls and an array of 64-armed crystal chandeliers as the setting for its four tea packages.

If you're searching for a more laid-back experience, check out the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo. The busy, bohemian space features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, while chairs and banquets, striped in every hue, line metal-topped tables, and multicolored orbs descend from above. Two affordable afternoon tea options are available, complete with gluten-free options. Or head over to the West Village for the Bosie Tea Parlor, where the streamlined furnishings give off a cafe¬†vibe. Three afternoon tea options are available, but you can order √° la carte¬†too. As a finishing touch, Bosie delivers your bill in a copy of E.B. White‚Äôs ‚ÄúHere is New York.‚ÄĚ

Pinkies up!

camp it.

You'll see it in a meat dress, a
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You'll see it in a meat dress, a pope-inspired getup and a human chandelier costume. It is camp.

Trying to define it is like trying to pin down a cloud, but it's essentially an aesthetic that calls on the absurd and the dramatic with a sense of humor. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting its best definition with incredible examples in the new "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibit.

Monday's Met Gala was camp on parade ‚ÄĒ Jared Leto carried a model of his own head, Harry Styles wore a flouncy blouse,¬†Celine Dion channeled a Ziegfeld showgirl and Lady Gaga dove into the extraness of it all with a three-dress mini-performance.

We recommend trekking to The Met to define camp for yourself. The exhibit explores its 18th century roots on through the present, one fierce, whimsical ensemble at a time, and grouped with excerpts from Susan Sontag's seminal 1964 essay, "Notes on Camp." 

Our favorite part is the last gallery ‚ÄĒ a Pop Art-inspired room housing¬†outrageous ensembles in brightly colored squares, a la¬†a whimsical "Hollywood Squares" set.¬†

"The ultimate purpose of camp is to put a smile on faces and a warm glow in hearts," the exhibit's curator says. We certainly left all¬†ūüėÉ.

picnic it.

A picnic in the park is a glorious
Photo Credit: Claire Leaden

A picnic in the park is a glorious way to spend a warm, spring day in the city. But if you don't have the time to prepare in advance, there are plenty of places to outfit your baskets or coolers for a quick meal under the sun.

If you have your sights on an afternoon in Central Park West, stop first at Salumeria Rosi on Amsterdam Avenue for Italian cured meats like sopressata and salami, varieties of Pecorino cheeses, and sides like orange peel-marinated olives and caponata (roasted eggplant spread). Across town? Check out the homemade tacos and burritos to-go at El Tepeyac on 102nd Street or take out some pastries from Da Capo Aperitivo e Caffe off 97th Street. If lower Manhattan is more your nabe, plan a stop at the Eataly location at 4 World Trade Center on Liberty Street before heading into Battery Park with your boxed-up paninis and salads.

Heading to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx? You're pretty much required to stop at the original Lloyd’s Carrot Cake right across the street for a slice. In Queens, visitors to Astoria Park will soon have it easy as Vintage Wine Bar, between 23rd and 24th streets, offering pre-packed picnic baskets. 

And be sure to walk down Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn when Prospect Park is your picnic spot. Hit up Olde Bagel Shoppe for a wide variety of bagels and/or sandwiches, then grab ice cream at Ample Hills only one block away. 


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