For a different slant on your next date, head up to the Bronx for the sensory pleasures of the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show. Starting Saturday, February 28, “chandeliers” of blossoms fill the garden’s conservatory for the country’s biggest orchid show. Stroll hand in hand while you marvel at the thousands of flowers on display (there are over 2,000 varieties to ogle), cascading from planters above and dazzling the eyes from beds below. It all culminates in a giant star centerpiece that overflows with hundreds of flowers. Wait a week, and you can take this date up a notch as you come back for a Saturday Orchid Evening in March or April, complete with custom cocktails, live DJs, and the sweet scent of a riot of rare blooms.
On the Hunt
Hit the Brooklyn Museum this weekend, and you can catch the vertiginous art of high-heeled shoes and the old school/Old Master portraits of painter Kehinde Wiley. You can also show off your detective skills, as The Amazing Brooklyn Museum Scavenger Hunt goes off across the institution’s halls on Saturday afternoon. Follow the clues through an obstacle course as you compete for the sweet NYC gift package awarded to the winning team. Win or lose, you’ll leave with mind and body sharpened.
A welter of off-off-Broadway plays heats up the East Village this weekend, as the FRIGID festival hits its stride. Choose from two venues (the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks) and 25 plays, which run from a Williamsburg-set operetta to an evening with Satan to a mashup of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Unlike Broadway, arrive ready to be surprised.
The odds of finding a good meal in Little Italy just got significantly shorter, thanks to the arrival of Gelso & Grand, open today on the corner of Mulberry (“gelso” in Italian) and Grand Street. The sleek space turns out super-fresh Italian cooking, with a roof garden standing by for more locavoricious accents. There’s also a sweet sidewalk space, should spring ever grace us with its presence.