The New York list: The best things to do in NYC in April 2024

From unmissable theatre to a cocktail masterclass, these are the best things to do in NYC in April 2024

With the depths of winter well and truly behind us and balmy summer evenings in sight, it’s safe to say that New York is waking up. While it’s hard to beat an aimless meander through the concrete jungle, there are also some incredible upcoming events that are well worth your time. From a brass band concert in a former warehouse to a solar eclipse viewing party on a glass balcony, the wonders of New York City never cease. Presenting our definitive guide to spending April in the Big Apple…

Solar Eclipse

On April 8th at approximately 3:25pm, New York City will experience a solar eclipse. As the next eclipse in New York isn’t expected until 2079, this is likely to be a once in a lifetime experience. With a plethora of viewing parties around the city, choosing the perfect spot can seem overwhelming. However, there’s a great argument for The Edge Observation Deck on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards, which happens to hold the title for highest outdoor sky deck in the western hemisphere. If that’s not enough to thrill you, maybe the glass floor will be. Either way, we can’t think of a better place to see New York turn into Gotham City.

When? 8 April 2024, 3:25pm

Where? The Edge Observation Deck

How much? From $36

Solar Eclipse

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Not Your Standard Bingo: Neon Party

As if bingo wasn’t adrenaline pumping enough (don’t laugh), The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking district is hosting a neon-themed bingo party. While the Standard hosts weekly bingo nights, the neon theme feels suitably electric for a spring night in the city. In preparation for said party, we recommend grabbing a cocktail and a crêpe upstairs on the balcony of Le Bain during sunset. Located on the top floor of the Standard, the views from Le Bain are unmatched. Once it’s game time, head back downstairs to the grill and get ready for some serious action.

When? 14 April 2024

Where? The Standard Grill

How much? Tickets are free, $50 minimum spend at the table

Not Your Standard Bingo: Neon Party

Not Your Standard Bingo: Neon Party

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LiftOFF Brass Band at Radegast Hall

Radegast Hall is one of the most striking watering holes in which we’ve had the pleasure to imbibe. Located in a former candy and tobacco warehouse, the converted industrial space is filled with long communal tables, brick, iron, and German sausages. While the sky lights flood the space with natural light during the day, Radegast Hall comes into its own at sundown, and there’s something particularly fetching about a New Orleans brass band pumping tunes into the room. Though they are based in New York, LiftOFF Brass are the real deal, having played The Bourbon Street Parade in New Orleans. Visually, the old iron beams behind the polished brass of the instruments themselves is a spectacle to behold.

When? 6 April 2024

Where? Radegast Hall

How much? Prices vary

LiftOFF Brass Band at Radegast Hall

LiftOFF Brass Band at Radegast Hall

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Apotheke Mixology Masterclass

Housed in a former opium den, Apotheke in Chinatown is regarded as one of the greatest speakeasies in North America. Given this title, it seems an appropriate location for a prohibition-era themed mixology class. Before each lesson, the instructors scour the farmers markets of New York in search of the city’s freshest herbs and botanicals. During the class, students will learn about the “history, mystery, and birth of the classic cocktail during the prohibition era” while crafting four cocktails. It’s worth noting that Apotheke Academy strongly advises students to eat breakfast or lunch prior to arrival: do with that information what you will.

When? 13 April 2024

Where? Apotheke

How much? $200

Apotheke Mixology Masterclass

Apotheke Mixology Masterclass

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The Great Gatsby Musical

The Great Gatsby is the quintessential American novel. Set between New York City and the fictitious East and West Egg of Long Island, there is no better place to reimagine the story than on Broadway, especially considering that we are back in the ‘20s. Tony Award nominees Jeremy Jordan and Eva Noblezada play star-crossed loversJay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in this 2024 interpretation. Choreographer Dominique Kelly, who has previously directed some of the world’s biggest stars including Mariah Carey, Usher, and Beyoncé is sure to bring this moving tale to life in unforgettable style. For an evening of lavish decadence, look no further than Gatsby.

When? Now open

Where? Broadway Theatre

How much? From $51

The Great Gatsby Musical

The Great Gatsby Musical

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Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia

On Saturday, 20th April, Devin “The Dream” Haney will face “King” Ryan Garcia to defend his current title as the WBC Super Lightweight Champion at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While Garcia has an extremely well established fan base, he’s going to be face- to-face in the ring with Haney who has a literally perfect record of 31-0-0. Let’s not forget Haney’s previous title of undisputed lightweight champion of the world, which he held from 2022 – 2023. In fact, he only surrendered the title in order to move up a weight class. With all of that said, Garcia has previously held the 2021 interim lightweight belt himself and is known for his lightning fast speed and deadly left hook. This high octane match will be one of the most exciting battles of the year.

When? 20 April 2024

Where? Barclays Center

How much? From $226

Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia

Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia

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Apollo: When We Went to the Moon

Of all the incredible museums that New York City has to offer, the Intrepid Museum may be the coolest. After all, it is home to the world’s first supersonic passenger jet: the Lockheed Martin A-12 Blackbird Spy Plane, which was so fast that it could outfly missiles, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The recently opened exhibition Apollo: When We Went to the Moon dissects the history of the Apollo program and looks at NASA’s Moon to Mars program to see where we are going. We have no doubt that the contemplative exhibition will help us gain a better understanding of where we came from and why we might be here.

When? Now open

Where? The U.S.S. Intrepid

How much? From $36

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon

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Doubt: A Parable

Tony Award winning actor Liev Schrieber stars as Father Flynn, a priest suspected of soliciting an affair with one of his students. Mr. Schrieber’s antagonist is the rigid Sister Aloysius played by Tyne Daly. Doubt: A Parable takes place on the grounds of a 1960s Catholic school in the Bronx. Considering the difficulties faced by Sister Aloysius in terms of understanding the true extent of the debasement, the moral dilemma of how to act upon her suspicions creates a burning tension. Was it all a horrible fabrication or is this another example of priestly depravity? Doubt: A Parable won Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the film adaptation earned several Oscar nominations. This limited run is a must see.

When? Until 14 April 2024

Where? Todd Haimes Theatre

How much? From $78

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Doubt: A Parable

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Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swiss Beatz and Alicia Keys

Swiss Beatz and Alicia Keys' phenomenal contributions to music are legendary. Lesser known is the depth of their appreciation of fine art. That is sure to change now that they have debuted their extensive collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Grand in scale and virtuosity, the aptly named Giants exhibit features 98 works of art by African diasporic artists. The Dean has set out to support and showcase these artists and in the process they’ve started a public conversation on subjects as large as the collection itself.

When? Until 7 July 2024

Where? Brooklyn Museum

How much? $26

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swiss Beatz and Alicia Keys

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swiss Beatz and Alicia Keys

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Lift / Next Level Floats

Even those that thrive on the unrelenting and frequently chaotic energy of New York City need to detox from time to time. The floatation tanks at Lift / Next Level are designed for Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, the aptly acronymed R.E.S.T. The temperature is maintained at skin temperature and over 1,000lbs of Epsom salts will keep you suspended, weightless. The somehow familiar and strange buoyancy of zero gravity will seduce you into a profound level of contemplation.

When? Ongoing

Where? Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

How much? $89 for first timers

Lift / Next Level

Lift / Next Level

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AIRE Ancient Baths

AIRE Ancient Baths found its home in a former textile factory dating back to 1883. The baths themselves are designed with respect to ancient Roman, Greek, and Ottoman waters. The experienced staff offer numerous treatments and massages including an athlete's massage and a Himalayan salt ritual. However, the romantic aesthetic makes this the ideal location for a couples massage and a private wine soak.

When? Ongoing

Where? TriBeCa

How much? Prices vary

AIRE Ancient Baths

AIRE Ancient Baths

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