101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010
Wed Nov 24 2010
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51. Party at a museum
The One Step Beyond parties bring top DJs to spin under the stars in AMNH's Hall of the Universe. Have a few beers, dance your ass off, and the planetarium's breathtaking "Space Show," included with admission, will blow your mind more than ever. [node:118395 link=American Museum of Natural History;], Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5200, amnh.org). Next party, Jan 14 9pm--1am; $25.
52. Ogle a miniature NYC
Model trains wind around replicas of more than 140 New York monuments constructed from natural materials at the [node:120138 link=New York Botanical Garden;]'s Holiday Train Show. Keep an eye out for the miniature version of Yankee Stadium with bark walls and twig-and-acorn light towers. Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd, Bronx (718-817-8700, nybg.org). Through Jan 9; $20, students and seniors $18, children $10. Dec 21--Jan 2: adults $25, students and seniors $22, children $15.
[node:609873 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]53. Stock up on sweaters
Savior of recessionary closets, Uniqlo makes its cashmere and luxurious wool ultra-accessible, with V-necks and cardigans going for just $40 to $100, half of what they tend to run at J.Crew. They're affordable enough that you won't feel too bad when you stuff your closet with one in every color. 546 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (917-237-8811, uniqlo.com)
54. Go ice-skating
Certain things are holiday traditions for good reason, and ice-skating under the city lights is one. Whether you're gliding majestically around the rink or swearing as you fall, the cinematic scene at the Pond at [node:118740 link=Bryant Park;] will make you feel like the envy of the world. Sixth Ave between 40th and 42nd Sts (thepondatbryantpark.com). Through Feb 27. Mon--Thu, Sun 8am--10pm; Fri, Sat 8am--midnight. Free; skate rental $13.
55. See the AMNH's Origami Holiday Tree and "Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"
There's something awe-inspiring about 500 dainty, hand-folded paper ornaments hanging from the evergreen limbs of the American Museum of Natural History's 13-foot-tall origami tree (through January 2). This year's theme, "Discovery," features dinosaur fossils and planets. While you're there, relive a small bit of summer at the stunning (and 80-degree) "Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter," at the [node:118395 link=American Museum of Natural History;]. Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5200, amnh.org). Through May 30. $24, seniors and students $18, children 2--12 $14.
56. Watch the Chinatown Lunar New Year parade
Prepare to be showered in confetti as you and 400,000 others watch dancing dragons, beauty queens, acrobats and marching bands in Chinatown's Year of the Rabbit parade, celebrating the Lunar New Year. Parade begins at Mott St and Hester St (917-660-2402, betterchinatown.com). Feb 6 noon--4pm; free.
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This year, dignified king penguins Lyle, Slappy, Will and Robert joined more than 60 gentoos and chinstraps in the renovated "Polar Seabirds: Life on the Edge of the World" exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo. Hang out with the gang on Friday and Saturday evenings in December, when the zoo is open until 6:30. Wildlife Conservation Society's [node:118827 link=Central Park Zoo;], enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St (212-439-6500, centralparkzoo.com). Extended hours Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18; $7--$12.
58. Hoist a pint and have a snack at the Breslin
Brits know exactly what to eat on a cold, gloomy night. Beer should be cool, not freezing, hand-pumped from a cask ($6--$10); eggs, boiled, wrapped in sausage, breaded and fried ($7). So dig into a Scotch egg and a pint of bitter ($15--$16) at the [node:125300 link=The Breslin Bar and Dining Room;]—which will make you look forward to gray days. 16 W 29th St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-679-1939, thebreslin.com)
59. Catch the season's can't-miss movies
Indulge in the Oscar-season glut of quality films: the Natalie Portman ballet thriller, Black Swan; the Coen brothers' Western True Grit; and the Michelle Williams--Ryan Gosling pairing, Blue Valentine.
[node:609913 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]60. Drink mulled wine at [node:121375 link=Spuyten Duyvil;]
Settle in for a cozy afternoon at this homey little tasting room decorated with flea-market furnishings. Warm up with glhwein, a seasonal spiced mulled wine made fresh daily with white and red wine, nutmeg, cinnamon and citrus peel to balance the sweetness. Even better: grab some takeout from the owners' other establishment across the boulevard, meat mecca [node:124191 link=Fette Sau;]. 359 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St (718-963-4140, spuytenduyvilnyc.com)