101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2009

Seasonal classics and must-do events.



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91. Nosh on cider and doughnuts at Shake Shack
Another season, two more reasons to queue up at Shake Shack: Caramel-apple doughnut holes from Doughnut Plant, combined with hot cinnamon cider from Minard Farms ($3.75), more than justify the outdoor wait. (There are heat lamps to warm you until the cider can.) Madison Square Park, 23rd St at Madison Ave (212-889-6600, shakeshack.com)

92. Dominate the baseline at an indoor tennis court
Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (281 Main St; 212-935-0250, rirctennis.com; daily 7am--11pm, court reservation recommended at least 48 hours in advance) has ten full indoor doubles courts, one singles court and one ball-machine court. Keeping your tennis whites dry will cost you, though—fees for nonmembers run from $54--$140 per court per hour. For a cheaper option, hike out to Queens College (65-30 Kissena Blvd between Melbourne Ave and 65th Ave, Flushing, Queens; 718-997-2771, athletics.qc.cuny.edu; Mon--Fri 10am--10pm), a no-frills facility with six courts that can be rented for $20--$50 per hour.

93. Hone your golf swing
There are a surprising number of indoor golf venues in New York, including Chelsea Piers. The driving range here boasts four floors and 52 stalls. Come during off-peak hours (all day through February) to get a better bang for your buck (147 balls for $25, as opposed to 90 during busier hours). Try virtual golfing at the simulators, where you’re also allowed to bring up pizza and beer from Chelsea Brewery Company downstairs. W 23rd St at the Hudson River (212-336-6666, chelseapiers.com)

94. Trapeze workshop
The place offers several classes, including trampoline and tumbling sessions. Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 North 1st St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6491, streb.org). Open-level classes Fri--Sun. Single class $47, ten-class card $425.

95. Go to the Guggenheim for free
The museum owns Peggy Guggenheim’s trove of Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist works, along with the Panza di Biumo Collection of American Minimalist and Conceptual art from the 1960s and ’70s. Slightly lesser-known fact: Admission is pay-what-you-wish from 5:45 to 7:45pm on Saturdays. 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3500, guggenheim.org). $18, seniors and students $15, children under 12 free; Sat 5:45--7:45pm pay what you wish.

96. Order something hot at Cha-An Tea House
You have to climb a flight of stairs and peek behind a curtain to find this tranquil teahouse, which offers a succession of deftly crafted plates accompanied by a thoughtful list of teas and sake. Each night features two special “sets” ($16--$19) that take you from an amuse-bouche— like creamy soy-milk quiche—through a selection of tiny bites (pickled eggplant, marinated lotus root), to entres such as tea-smoked salmon with sliced radish, Dijon mustard and tarragon. It’s a great escape from the East Village crowds. 230 E 9th St between Second and Third Aves (212-228-8030, chaanteahouse.com)

97. Yasuko Yokoshi
The Hiroshima-born choreographer teams up once again with Masumi Seyama, master teacher of Kabuki Su-odori dance. Taking inspiration from 12th-century warring-clans epic The Tale of the Heike, Yokoshi performs with a cast of both American and traditional Japanese dancers. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-924-0077, dtw.org). Mar 17--20. $15.

98. Go bowling
* The Gutter 200 North 14th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387-3585; thegutterbrooklyn.com)
* Harlem Lanes 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) at 126th St, third floor (212-678-2695, harlemlanes.com)
* Leisure Time Bowling 625 Eighth Ave between 41st and 42nd Sts, second floor (212-268-6909, leisuretimebowl.com)
* Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave between North 11th and 12th Sts (718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com)

99. Shop like it’s summer
The Indoor Artist & Designer Market (129 North 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (artistsandfleas.com). Sat, Sun noon--8pm) is run by Artists & Fleas, which also organizes a vintage market next door (Saturday noon--8pm). Brooklyn Flea junkies needn’t kick their habit now that the temperature has plunged: It assumes indoor Williamsburg headquarters (Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, 1 Hanson Pl at Flatbush Ave; 718-935-1052, brooklynflea.com; Sat, Sun 10am--5pm), on weekends though March 29th, and will offer 50 familiar vendors.

100. Go to the Winter Antiques Show
Antique buffs and art collectors will be looking to buy, but for the layperson, it’s basically a fantastically eclectic museum: indoors, and warm. Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave between 66th and 67th Sts (718-292-7392, winterantiquesshow.com). Jan 22--31, $20.

101. Have a hot bowl of congee at Congee Village
There is comfort (and folk-medicinal healing properties) in congee, the Cantonese rice porridge that is the focus at this multilevel, always-packed LES standby. Choose among 29 versions—like the sliced pork with preserved egg, or chicken with black mushrooms, cooked over a low fire until bubbling. The rest of the expansive menu yields such finds as tender razor clams in black-bean sauce and impeccably fresh crabs. 100 Allen St between Broome and Delancey Sts (212-941-1818, congeevillage.com)

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