With the warm weather finally here, it's time to get out of the house and into the city. Here are our top five spring happenings -- don't miss them!
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Over 260 egg sculptures are hidden around the five boroughs of New York City in the world's biggest egg hunt! Although it began on April 1, the hunt does not conclude until April 17th. Created by leading artists and designers like Bruce Weber, Zaha Hadid, Carolina Herrera, Jacques Torres, 88 Rue du Rhone, and other notable names, all the eggs will be on show in Rockefeller Center from April 17th -April 25. All proceeds raised from The Big Egg Hunt New York will benefit the charities The Elephant Family and Agnes Gund?s Studio in a School. In addition, those participating in the hunt will be automatically entered to win two rare gem-encrusted pendants donated by Gemfields, the world's leading producer of ethically sourced rare colored gemstones.
Known as one of China's most provocative contemporary artist and activist, Ai Weiwei will arrive at the Brooklyn Museum this spring with a new exhibit from April 18-August 10. Ai is best known for projects such as his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Beijing Olympic National Stadium and his otherwise large-scale works made out of exotic and unusual finds like ancient pottery. His arrest and 81-day detention in 2011 brings a rich edge to his art that transcends dualities between East and West. His Brooklyn exhibit, According to What? (organized by the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo), spotlights issues of freedom of expression, as well as individual and human rights both in China and globally.
Set to open in "Spring 2014", the midtown west Archer Hotel is a boutique property with a big personality. Each of the 180 guest rooms, designed by Glen Coben of Glen & Co. Architecture (who designed Del Posto and Fashion 26), is filled with carefully curated art and Malin+Goetz bath products. The 22nd-floor rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings will be your go-to hot spot for summer evening cocktails. Don't forget to dine at the legendary David Burke on-site restaurant.
From the people who brought us Tacombi and Fonda Nolita comes a new Mexican taqueria, Caf? El Presidente in the Flatiron District. Team Tacombi brought former Peels chef Jason DeBriere to make magic in the kitchen -- this 24th street joint will no doubt fast become every foodie's Veracruz-style coffee joint and morning juice shop. Opening date is some time soon -- we're hoping for April!
For a comprehensive retrospective encompassing painting, photography, film, drawings, prints, and sculpture, head to the Moma from April 19-August 3 for its first retrospective of German artist Sigmar Polke. Spanning across four gallery floors and featuring more than 250 works of art, the exhibit will include many noted works like 13 films by Polke (eight which have never before been available); a performance made for West German television that was last seen when it aired in 1972; and a group of monumental paintings made entirely of soot on glass that have never been exhibited in the United States.