New venue: Pop-up green space Park Here

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  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

  • Park Here

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Park Here

Photograph: Alex Strada

Park Here

Popping down to your frozen local park is looking less attractive as we brave January, so head to the ingenious indoor green space Park Here in Nolita's Openhouse Gallery (201 Mulberry Street between Spring and Delancey Sts; 212-334-0288, openhousegallery.org; daily 11am--6pm, free; Sat 7--Jan 30). The 4,500-square-foot covered garden boasts a fake lawn, park benches, trees and a sky light to let the sun shine in.

A selection of the city's more summer-centric food trucks and vendors will set up stalls in the park every weekend with Mexicue, Robicelli's Cupcakes and Luke's Lobster kicking things off, and Solber Pupusa and Baking for Good slated to make an appearance later this month. Check Openhouse on Facebook or on Twitter @openhousenyc for scheduling updates.

The active can use the bocce and croquet sets for a friendly game, or take pilates (Mon 10, Jan 17 9--10am; $25, buy tickets) and yoga classes (Mon--Fri, Mon 10--Jan 28 noon--1pm; $25, buy tickets). Belle Fleur will also be hosting flower-arranging sessions (Wed 12, Jan 26 at 5:30pm; $TBD) and Eat My Chocolate will lead a tasting of its cocoa-based treats (Jan 18, 19 at 5:30pm; $TBD). Tickets for both events are available next week from Lifebooker.

To recreate one of our favorite summer pastimes—reclining on the grass and catching a flick—UrbanDaddy is organizing a host of movie nights and dinner parties, possibley including, we hear, an evening with Danny Meyer's burger purveyors (Jan 16, 20--23, 27--29 at 8:30pm; $TBD, check UrbanDaddy perks for updates and tickets).

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Jaden
Jaden

OH! Totally forgot to mention the Walls!! Nothing like walls to add to the ambiance of the whole Park experience;-)

Jaden
Jaden

I agree that this is a VERY stupid idea. Especially since it is closed after January. Seriously, just go to the Park, and if it is too cold- just do winter activities as one would expect in a State that has Winters. If you want Summer in January- MOVE!!. Stupid people would go indoors to experience the park. What is next? A climate controlled Winter complete with snow flakes right next door to this indoor Park? An indoor Ocean. Who are these people?

Heather
Heather

In response to the comment below... not everyone can afford a real vacation right now, especially in this economy. For those who are unemployed or who aren't making a lot of money right now and can't afford flight and hotel to get somewhere warmer, this is better than nothing. How out of touch are you?

Anonymous
Anonymous

what a stupid idea! if you want a park in the winter time come down to miami for god's sake. stupid.