5 Things to Know in New York This Week (3/18/19)

Fashion tours, film festivals, and moreā€¦

Are you ready to ring in spring in New York this week? We're talking flower and garden shows upstate, fashion tours through the city, and renowned film festivals. Stay up to date with New York's latest as we welcome in the new season!

Capital District Garden and Flower Show, Troy, NY

Hudson Valley Community College is welcoming Spring with its Capital District Garden and Flower show this weekend, March 22-24. Head here to experience an explosion of color and fragrance that will make you eager for warmer weather. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on-site for soil testing, and some of New York’s top wineries will have wine tastings around the garden. Live cooking demonstrations, workshops, and educational activities will also be part of the lineup. Single day tickets are $14 (or $12 if you buy them ahead of time), and advance sale multi-day tickets start at $20.

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Supermoon to kick off spring in New York this week

A stellar event is transforming the New York City skyline this week: the final supermoon of 2019. The vernal equinox occurs on Wednesday, March 20, and just moments after nightfall, New Yorkers will catch an amazing view of the third and final supermoon of the year, with the next one expected in February 2020. Coincidentally, this will also be the first full moon of spring.

Harlem Fashion Week: The Absolute NYC Fashion Tour, New York, NY

Harlem Fashion Week is one of New York’s most anticipated events that connect urban fashion to upscale culture. This Saturday, March 23, guests can join a tour of New York’s fashion district for a chance to dive deeper into the industry. Led by Yvonne Jewnell, Creative Director of Harlem Fashion Week, attendees will visit clothiers and manufacturers, learn about fabric sourcing, and soak in what makes New York a top fashion destination. Tickets are $50 and spots are limited.

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Homeless 8-year-old refugee becomes New York chess champion

Homeless Nigerian refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi has become the new state chess champion. Tani began learning chess just over a year ago when his family fled Boko Haram. He placed first in his age group in the New York State Scholastic Championship, beating students from some of the state’s top elite schools. His ultimate goal: “I want to be the youngest grandmaster.” 

Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York, NY

Cinema Village is hosting the 6th Annual Socially Relevant Film Festival now through Thursday, March 21. Over 30 countries have entered more than 60 films into the festival, which takes place at Cinema Village and nearby venues.  The Closing Film and Awards Ceremony are held on Thursday the 21st and are followed by an after party at the Reservoir Bar. You can buy tickets for all at the door, or online for a discounted price.

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