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January 2016 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including free things to do and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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January 3, Sledding in Prospect Park

Our events calendar for the first month of 2016 is the perfect tonic for a holiday hangover. Start the year off with a chilly dip in the ocean at the Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Swim, enjoy pyrotechnics and chow down on dumplings at the Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, or free your legs from the tyranny of trousers at Improv Everywhere's No Pants Subway Ride.

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Featured events in January 2016

New Year's Day in New York

There is plenty to do in NYC on New Year's Day, so shake off your hangover and get ready to start off 2015 with a bang. Strip down to your skivvies and take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim at Coney Island, indulge in verse and good food at the 41st annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading, dance to techno beats at Victor Calderone's 12-hour New Years Day Matter Marathon, and more.

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Martin Luther King Day events in NYC

Since it was first observed nationwide in January of 1986, the holiday commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has served as a reminder of his legacy to the causes of civil rights, nonviolent opposition and community service.

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By: Evelyn Derico

The No Pants Subway Ride

In January 2002, Improv Everywhere's Charlie Todd produced the first-ever No Pants Subway Ride and posted the event on YouTube, where the short clip quickly gained popularity. Now it has turned into one of the group's most anticipated events, as thousands of New Yorkers continue the funny tradition on subway cars all across Gotham. Donning winter clothes, minus their pants, the straphangers share the same goal: to confuse bystanders.

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