off Manhattan News: Visit Daffy Nantucket, New Beer Garden in Queens

  • Nautical Intel: Just as the Frying Pan is reopening this Saturday April 18, there’s news of a sister lightship also docked in Lower Manhattan called Nantucket. The 128-foot vessel, however, does not offer free carousing and ping pong tables, only the chance to spend $395 per night in a captain-worthy stateroom in the North Cove Marina. [CapeCodTimes]
  • Three Million Colorful Reasons to Celebrate Spring: Speaking of Nantucket, make sure to set sail between April 24-26 for the island’s annual Daffodil Festival Weekend. Especially for you folks who missed the NY Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show. [NantucketCVB]
  • Little European Haven Opening in Long Island City: Add beer garden to Ravel Hotel’s rooftop bar and you’ve got yourself two reasons to love riding the N train. This May, 18,000-square-foot Studio Square will serve bratwurst, chicken kebabs, pulled-pork sandwiches with more than two dozen beers and house-made sangria to choose from. Multiple charming outdoor areas will be available. Astoria, we’ll still visit you too. [NYMAG]
  • Feel Less Guilty About Driving: If you have to rent a car, partake in the TerraPass program at Alamo, National, and Enterprise, and help save the planet. [Jaunted]
  • Two Big Film Festivals Come to Beantown in April: Boston is aiming to draw the movie buffs from Tribeca this month with the Boston International Film Festival (April 17-26) and the Independent Film Festival (April 22-28). There won’t be no De Niro, but keep an eye out for Charlize Theron, Mark Ruffalo, Zooey Deschanel, and a Wahlberg brother. []

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