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The best of what to do in and around New York this week

This week in New York cultural events take center stage. You can go beyond green beer at the Sober St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Long Island City, or check out the opening of The Met Breuer in the old Whitney Museum space. For something a little more fringe, consider the wacky Easter-inspired event Full Bunny Contact. To run away from it all, hop on a last minute flight to Bermuda.

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March 17 | Cultural celebration
Sober St. Patrick’s Day
If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, there’s the huge St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but that tends to get crowded and a bit, well, messy. For something a little different—and, dare we say, authentic—check out Sober St. Patrick’s Day, an annual event that celebrates the fact that there’s a lot more to Irish culture than booze. The family-friendly event, held since 2012 at the New York Irish Centre, features traditional Irish storytelling and music, as well as light snacks.
4:30–7:30 p.m. | 1040 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens | $20 | website

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March 18 | Museum opening
The Met Breuer
Now that the Whitney Museum has comfortably settled into its new digs in Chelsea, it’s time for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to spread out and open its annex, the Met Breuer, in the old Whitney space. Named for the man who designed the landmark building (Breuer), the annex opens to the public this weekend and will highlight the Met’s twentieth and twenty-first century collections. Opening day will feature a number of special events, like an interactive, daylong performance from David Dorfman Dance and a series of “9-minute talks” in the evening.
10 a.m.–9 p.m. (hours vary other days) | 945 Madison Ave., New York | (212) 731-1675 | $25 (suggested donation) | website

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March 19 | Book talk
Author Talk by Toni Tipton-Martin
In honor of Women’s History Month, head to the African Burial Ground National Monument in downtown Manhattan for a talk and signing by Toni Tipton-Martin on her book The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks. Foodies and history buffs alike will enjoy the discussion of the collection, which features over 150 cookbooks dating back to 1827. It’s as much African American history as it is American culinary history, with works ranging from a house servant’s manual to modern classics.
1 p.m. | African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, New York | Free | website

Full Bunny Contact

March 19–20 | Escape the city
March is the ideal time to visit Bermuda, which is only an easy two-hour flight from New York City. Temperatures are still mild (usually in the 70’s) and the water is pleasantly cool. There isn’t a rainy season to worry about, and this time of year is between high seasons, so there are good deals to be had. Of course the beaches—and the signature pink sand—are the main attractions, with Horseshoe Bay Beach being the most famous (but it’s hard to go wrong; check out our guide to pink sand beaches for more ideas). A trip to historic St. George—one of the first British towns in North America—is a pleasant way to spend a day exploring. For food and accommodations, check out our guides on where to eat and where to stay in Bermuda.

March 22–27 | Weird Easter
Full Bunny Contact
Full Bunny Contact is Easter like you’ve never celebrated it before. Described by the organizers as “an extreme egg hunt/cage match and insane Easter event,” this wacky annual happening will take place every day through Easter. The headlining event is FBC: The Game, in which three people at a time are given Easter baskets and put in an enclosed field to collect as many eggs as they can in 60 seconds—all while three huge bunnies try to thwart their efforts. There are also a host of other Easter-related games and events, like a bunny beauty pageant, an egg race, and a “humiliating hare” photo booth.
Times vary | La Tea at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St., 2nd fl., New York | From $5 | website

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A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.

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