To-Do List: May in New York

Is there any more glorious time to be in New York than the month of May? The birds are chirping, the trees are blooming, and it's practically the only month where we don't have to contend with extreme heat or cold. Make the most of our short spring by hitting up some of the best events and attractions New York has to offer with our May to-do list. (Photo: Coney Island)

Updated: June 14, 2011

May Events in New York

New York Public Library

455 5TH Ave, New York, NY 10016

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicks off on May 13 with an opening night gala at the NYPL, featuring 25,000 cocktails, food and a bunch of other things that don't matter as much as the part about the 25,000 cocktails. The Classic runs through May 17, with cocktail-centric events taking place throughout the city, from whiskey tastings at the Astor Center to "Stories from Behind the Bar" at top spots like Death & Co, Pegu Club and Employees Only. (Gala tickets are $150; prices vary for other events.)

Coney Island

Surf Ave at Atlantic Shore, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Coney Island and its many wonders and attraction are officially open for the 2011 season on weekends (and every day starting Memorial Day). Hit up the beach any day of the week--but beware, the water is still freezing.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Check out the new career-spanning Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met, open now through July 31.

Bryant Park

42nd St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Looking for something to do on your lunch hour? Head to Bryant Park for free outdoor ping-pong, offered daily from 11am to 7pm, May 8 through September 30.

Yankee Stadium

161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

Spring baseball is in full-swing. Watch the Bronx Bombers battle it out with rival team the Boston Red Sox (May 13-15) or catch the subway series versus the Mets (May 20-22).

Webster Hall Night Club NYC

123 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003

If you've never heard of Lykke Li, then you need to do some research ASAP. Experience her unique brand of electro-pop-rock live at Webster Hall on May 17 and 18 ($30).

Pies -n- Thighs

166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Just when it seemed like this Brooklyn joint couldn't be any better, they've announced that they're now offering their scrumptious fried chicken in bucket form--that's right, fried chicken in a bucket is officially foodie-approved. Get 16 pieces for $35; add six biscuits and two large sides for $50; or get all that plus six drinks and a whole pie for $80. Spring never tasted so good.