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amNY Weekender: 8 things to do in New York City

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Friday, March 19

Goya’s Graphic Imagination at the MET: Visit Goya’s Graphic Imagination exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this weekend. Spanish draftsman and printmaker Francisco Goya (1746-1828) has been regarded as one of the greatest artists from the late 18 to the early 19 centuries. The MET’s exhibition showcases Goya’s evolution as a graphic artist and explores the complex ideas he shared through his art to respond to the social and political changes of his day. 1000 Fifth Ave. Thurs. through Mon. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets required (tickets for purchase online at varying prices).

Ax Throwing at Live Axe: Let out your pandemic stress and weekly worries while enjoying a VIP experience at the newly opened ax-throwing bar: Live Axe. Live Axe is Manhattan’s first and only elevated ax-throwing destination. It’s the perfect spot for date night, girls or boys night out, birthday celebrations, cousin reunions, you name it! Challenge your fellow ax-throwers to competitions and between games fuel up on the bar’s selection of delicious food. To add a little spin to your throw, choose from Live Axe’s roster of creative cocktails such as “The Broken Manhattan.” When your throwing session is up, document the memory with a pose in front of one of the bar’s many Instagram-worthy walls. 96 Lafayette St. Tues. to Thurs. from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. Fri. from 1 to 10 p.m., Sat. from 12 to 11 p.m., Sun. from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations required (tickets for purchase online at varying prices).

Saturday, March 20

World Water Day Cleanup: Celebrate World Water day a few days early and care for marine wildlife at Randall’s Island Park. Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) in its continual effort to restore and maintain the island’s shoreline by removing waterfront debris and kicking off the volunteer season. Have fun exploring and learning from the natural world while giving back! 10 Central Road in Randall’s Island Park. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free (Register on Eventbrite. Best suited for volunteers 14 and older).

Spring Virtual Bloody Mary Festival: Take part in this annual brunch-time cocktail celebration that has moved online this spring. Tickets include a home kit for two delivered to your door and “seats” at the festival. The home kit includes six artisanal Bloody Mary mixes to make 12 cocktails along with snacks and other goodies. During the Zoom festival, you’ll hear from the creators of each Bloody Mary included in your kit, make and enjoy the drinks, have a chance to participate in contests, vote for your favorite Bloody Mary via the “People’s Choice Award,” watch judges select the “Best Bloody Mary in New York City,” and more! Virtual. 1 p.m. (event will be recorded for ticket-holders that cannot make the event) Tickets online for $89. 

Women’s History Month Exploration: Continue to honor women this month with Urban Park Rangers at Rockaway Beach. Learn about trailblazing women including Victorian-era scientist Mary Anning and aviator extraordinaire Amelia Earhart while rangers lead you on an exploration of Rockaway Beach and the Women Veterans Monument. Beach 96 St. & Boardwalk in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Sunday, March 21

Orchid Spotlight at The New York Botanical Garden: Although the NYBG won’t be hosting its Orchid Show this year (scheduled to return in 2022), the garden is offering a limited feature on orchids across select galleries in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory through April 4, 2021. All NYBG guests with a Garden Pass and Conservatory ticket will have the chance to view intimate displays of orchids against differing types of green foliage and can discover unusual orchids along with beautiful floral arrangements crafted by the NYBG’s horticulturists. 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx. Tues. to Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and Monday federal holidays). Reservations required (tickets for purchase online at varying prices). 

Hollywood Dogs at the AKC Museum: Boost your serotonin levels at this paw-sitively adorable exhibit! Visit the AKC (American Kennel Club) Museum of the Dog’s Hollywood Dogs exhibit that examines the history of dogs on film (running through April 25, 2021). It’s only right to honor the furry friends that have been the top dogs in their respective movies or series … they are stars! Virtual tours of the exhibition are also available. 101 Park Ave. Wed. to Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations required (tickets for purchase online at varying prices; virtual tours free, but donations encouraged).

The Bushwick Collective: For an open-air art gallery experience that leaves no room for COVID-19, head to Bushwick this weekend. Take advantage of the warmer weather and the longer days and explore the continuously expanding outdoor art collective that features first-rate street-art from local, national and international artists. (Begins on) St. Nicholas Ave & Troutman St., Brooklyn. Free.

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