Winter-Weary New Yorkers Defy Cold Weather

The calendar says Spring is officially here, but this year's brutal Winter still seems to want to play one last April Fool's joke on us as the unseasonably cold weather continues to linger with possible snowfall threatening to once again come our way here in New York.  But with Major League Baseball ready to begin, (the Yankees start on Thursday, March 31, 2011, and the Mets start on Friday, April 1, 2011), warmer weather is guaranteed to be right around the corner.  One way to escape the stubborn cold is to experience Orchid Evenings at The New York Botanical Garden for the next few Saturday nights during remaining weeks of The Orchid Show: On Broadway (which ends April 25) -- Non-Member (Adults 21 and over) $30, Members $10, advance tickets recommended; includes one free specialty cocktail.

Above is a picture of my wife and me there last weekend.  The photo was snapped by the talented photographer Talisman Brolin

Each weekend offers ticketholders a complimentary specialty cocktail.  Last Saturday it was the delicious Satyr Punch and this weekend it will be the New Raspberry Orchid-tini.  Additional cocktails, wine, beer, or softdrinks are available for purchase.  It's a beautiful setting, only in New York.  Afterwards we had a wonderful dinner at Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Avenue. Your ticket also entitles you to special offers at participating restaurants, including Almond, Asia de Cuba, B. Smith's Restaurant Row, Bistro Rollin, China Grill, The Four Seasons Restaurant, HENRY's, Inside Park @ St. Bart's, Le Perigord, Palm One, Peking Duck House, Sardi's, and X20. 

There's plenty to do in New York to make us all forget the cold weather.  The signs of the Spring season have arrived!