Happy March, New York! The vernal equinox (aka the first day of spring) is this month so we’re dreaming about spring florals and actually enjoying walks through the park. In the meantime, we’re staying warm at a variety of fun events across the city this week. Here’s what is filling our social calendars.
To start your week on a positive, spiritual note, join acclaimed wellness guru Josh Korda for Dharma Punx, a weekly guided meditation class to relieve stress and suffering. Dharma Punx is an open, buddhist community that is welcoming to people of all walks of life. More information here. 97 Green St., Suite G3, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
There’s nothing like fresh blooms to put us in the spring state of mind. The New York Botanical Garden is featuring its Orchid Show exhibit, which includes a spacious showroom of hanging designs inside the Haupt Conservatory. The Orchid Show also has a complementary schedule of events and activities to learn more about one of our favorite flowers. Bronx River Parkway, New York, NY
We’re fantasizing about warmer climates and exotic travels, so what better way to kick the winter doldrums than an African feast in Brooklyn?! Edible Manhattan is hosting an evening of cooking demonstrations, Q&A, and tastings from Woezo, Nyshuk, and Taste of Ethiopia at The Brooklyn Brewery. The event is from 8-10 p.m., buy tickets here. 79 N. 11th St., Brooklyn, NY
Madonna’s rocking bod is undeniable so we were thrilled to learn about her Hard Candy Fitness pop-up series coming to New York. For the next twenty weeks, New Yorkers can experience her dance-inspired sweat session at Broadway Dance Center in Midtown. The class promises to be “tour caliber” with professional dance trainers and choreographers used by Madge herself. More information here. 322 W. 44th St., New York, NY
A Tenement Tour in the Lower East Side has been on my NYC bucket list for years. On the first Friday of each month, the Tenement Museum has an “after hours” event, which includes food, drink, and entertainment. Tonight you’ll embark on an interactive mystery tour and examine old building codes, talk to “former residents,” and snoop around the neighborhood over a few brews. 103 Orchard St., New York, NY
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so start the celebrations early with Time Out New York’s Whiskey Walk through the East Village. The event kicks off at noon and tickets include one premium Irish whiskey at eight venues across the village plus light bites, music, and the luck of the Irish. More information here. 100 3rd Ave., New York, NY
Have yourself a Sunday Funday with some delicious brunch. Emily recently raved about the pancakes at Five Leaves in Greenpoint, while Becca got cozy among Eastern European treats at Doma na Rohu in Greenwich Village.
Remember, you can use our handy dandy Bitchtastic Brunch Guide to identify Bitch-approved brunch locales by neighborhood, price point, cuisine, and amenities.