Welcome to spring! Check out the lineup of great events this week.
Art Ball Chelsea: Spring 2017
March 24, 6–9 p.m.
The Set NYC, 296 Ninth Avenue
Proceeds from the art exhibition will go toward Freedom Ladder, a global non-profit organization dedicated to making the world safe for children.
For tickets and additional information, visit thesetnyc.com.
Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond Tour
March 21, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Central Park Hallett Nature Sanctuary, Jose Marti statue (Central Park South at Sixth Avenue).
Get outside! During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally closed Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail. See how Central Park Conservancy has restored this native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife.
For additional information, visit centralparknyc.org.
The Orchid Show: Thailand
Through April 9
Enid A. Haupt Conevancy, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, New York
Time is running out to check out the Orchid Show, which celebrates its 15the year at the New York Botanical Garden. This season's exhibit pays homage to the wealth of orchids and rich cultural history of Thailand, home to more than 1,200 native orchid species.
For tickets and additional information, visit nybg.org.
New York Historial Society Opening: Tattooed New York
Through April 30
New York Historial Society, 170 Central Park West, New York
Tattoos and society? Both have made their mark on New York City. This week, the New York Historical Society celebrates the development of modern tattooing with an exhibition that spans the history of tattoos: from their origins in Native American body art to the introduction of the craft by sailors in colonial New York, from the development of a New York style to the three-decade tattoo ban instituted in 1961 and the subsequent underground tattoo culture.
For tickets and additional information, visit nyhistory.org.
Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at The Whitney
Through May 14
The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York
After checkout out the Whitney Biennial, which opened last week, travel back in time with Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. The exhibit presents a focused look at painting from this decade with works drawn entirely from the museum’s collection.
For additional information, visit whitney.org.
Through August 13
The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street
Haven't caught the first commercial flights to Cuba yet? Head to the Upper West Side instead of JFK to experience the island nation's unique culture. This exhibition takes you inside the Cuban experience. Meet its people, explore its landscapes and encounter its rare and unusual species—and come away with new perspectives on this intriguing country so close to our shores. For an insider take on the exhibit, check out what AVENUE has to say.
For tickets and additional information, visit amnh.org.