Things to do for May 07, 2009

The Weekender

Crawfish, Lawn Bowling and the MPD's Summer Garden

The weekend is impervious to rain delays.

The Garden of Ono at Hotel Gansevoort

The Garden of Ono at Hotel Gansevoort

The summer scene gets off to an early start this week, with the spectacular return of the MPD's most popular garden-arboretum-cabana-lounge. Expect free-flowing bottles of Moët, lush scenery and a healthy amount of temptation.

Opening May 8, 18 9th Ave (at Gansevoort), entrance on Hudson, 212-741-0646

Brunch Comes to Dell'Anima

Brunch Comes to Dell'Anima

Our favorite bruschetta-peddling trattoria is joining the morning crowd with a skirt-steak-and-pancake-laden brunch menu—just in time for one of the most crucial brunch moments of the year (mom loves mimosas). Trust us: a Cava is always better than a card.

11-3pm, starting May 9, Dell'Anima, 38 8th Ave, 212-366-6633

Crawfish Boil for New Orleans

Crawfish Boil for New Orleans

The South's favorite creek-dwelling mini-lobster will be joining us on the banks of the East River for a soon-to-be-sold-out crawfish boil. Tickets are on sale now, and sixty clams get you a shot at a thousand pounds of heavily spiced crustacean, eaten straight from the table by hand. You might even get your hands on a hurricane cocktail…

$60, 4-8pm, May 16, Stuy Cove Park, E. 22nd St (at East River), get tickets here

Pétanque in Bryant Park

Pétanque in Bryant Park

Midtown's best-kept lawn is about to see some action—the city's champion pétanque (like bocce ball, but French-ier) team is taking over Bryant Park to instruct locals in the finer points of French lawn bowling, including choosing a boule, doing the bec and getting grass stains out of your yachting slacks.

No cost, 11:30am-6pm, May 11, Bryant Park (W. 42nd St at 6th Ave)

John Lennon Hall of Fame Exhibit

John Lennon Hall of Fame Exhibit

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is turning its eye on the legendary eggman/walrus, with an exhibit collecting his guitars, self-portrait sketches and iconic "I Heart NY" shirt. Fortunately, Yoko has been preserved for posterity.

Prices vary, 11am-10pm, opening May 12, Annex, 76 Mercer St, 866-976-2569

Free Bike Rental at South Street Seaport

Free Bike Rental at South Street Seaport

Your summer just got a lot more vehicular, with this FiDi stand doling out free cycles all summer long. You'll have two and a half hours before they're due at a receiving kiosk—which should give you just enough time to perfect your wheelie technique.

Starting May 13, Bike & Roll at South Street Seaport, 212-260-0400

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