101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

The coldest months are a time for comfort food, warm drinks and indoor pursuits. Find these and more with our rundown of the best things to do in the winter.

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    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    31. Have fun for a cause at the Party Machine Holiday Benefit Spectacular

  • Photograph: Marc Whalen

    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    32. Be good at SantaCon for goodness sake

     

     

  • Photograph: Reinhard Werner-Burgtheater

    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    33. Twist your melon at the Under the Radar Festival

    Pictured: A scene from Life and Times: Episodes 1-4, running January 16-20 at The Public Theater at Astor Place as part of the Under the Radar Festival 2013.

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    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    34. See stunning photos of vintage NYC at "Landmarks of New York"

    Pictured: Loew’s Paradise Theater – First Floor Interior, undated.

  • Photograph: Genevieve Hanson

    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    35. Welcome a major art-world player to Chelsea

    Pictured: Hauser & Wirth's new location

  • Photograph: Tracy Ketcher

    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    37. See who Philip Glass will invite to the Tibet House Benefit Concert this year

  • Photograph: Galdones Photography

    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    38. Realize the magic number is five at Cochon 555

  • 101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    39. Buy half of your presents at the Etsy Holiday Shop...

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Target

    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    40. ...and the other half from the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

    Pictured: Alice + Olivia bike ($500)

  • Photograph: Katherine Zarr

    101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

    36. See the beast of the fifth borough: Staten Island Chuck

    Pictured: Staten Island Chuck and Mayor Bloomberg

Photograph: Seth Olenick

101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012

31. Have fun for a cause at the Party Machine Holiday Benefit Spectacular

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Have fun for a cause at the Party Machine Holiday Benefit Spectacular

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One recipient of the money raised by this comedy extravaganza is the nonprofit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, whose goal is “Saving badass dogs from idiot humans”; the other benefactor is the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief, which did the same thing for badass New Yorkers and that idiot Sandy. Laughs come courtesy of hosts Arden Myrin and Lisa deLarios, who welcome the sarcastic queen of ’90s comedy, Janeane Garofalo. They share the Bell House mic with Jon Glaser of Delocated, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, and Adira Amram and the Experience. After the show, get down to beats by DJ AndrewAndrew, the spinning duo that goes by one name, one outfit and one persona.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Until Thu Dec 13
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Be good at SantaCon for goodness sake

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The annual shitshow of shitfaced Santas, randy elves and leggy reindeer faced a bit of a backlash last year, rousing calls to cancel the Christmas pub crawl. Although we’re sure some participants were more naughty than nice, SantaCon’s covert organizers announced that 2011’s event raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots and donated more than 6,000 pounds of canned goods to New York food banks; they’ve promised to tweak this year’s format to tame the ever-growing number of marauding Saint Nicks. Follow @santacon on Twitter for instructions, and don’t be a grinch: Go along, have fun, be good and don’t forget to donate. Visit nycsantacon.com for more information.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Until Sat Dec 13
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Twist your melon at the Under the Radar Festival

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April may be the cruelest month, but January is the God-awfulest. Thankfully, the Public Theater’s ninth annual program shines a big, crazy strobe light into that wintry darkness. This year’s series brings together expectation-defying theater companies from seven countries, all performing in the Public’s recently renovated digs. Check out performances by local faves Elevator Repair Service (Arguendo) and the Debate Society (Blood Play), as well as a reimagining of Hamlet from Iranian company Leev Theater Group and a culture-clash drama (Ganesh Versus the Third Reich) from Australia’s Back to Back Theatre. $20, members $15.

  1. 425 Lafayette St, (between Astor Pl and E 4th St)
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See stunning photos of vintage NYC at "Landmarks of New York"

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This collaborative effort between the New-York Historical Society and the Landmarks Preservation Commission is like porn for history and architecture nerds. The exhibit compiles photos of 90 of the city’s most impressive edifices and explains how they fit into the larger story of New York. You’ll see images of popular structures such as the Woolworth Building and the Unisphere, as well as lesser-known spots like Charlie Parker’s former home at 152 Avenue B (that corner, at Avenue B and 10th Street, is named for the jazz legend).

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Sat May 17
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Welcome a major art-world player to Chelsea

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Sometimes in art, size matters, especially for a high-end gallery looking to accommodate artists with ambitions of scale. So when Hauser & Wirth, major players in the global art market, planned to expand their New York footprint beyond their showcase on the Upper East Side, they decided to go big—really big—settling on a 24,700-square-foot space formerly occupied by the Roxy discotheque. The new gallery opens with works by Dieter Roth, the influential Swiss artist known for sculptural assemblages of rotting food and manure, and should soon prove a must-visit stop for any Chelsea gallerygoer. hauserwirth.com

  1. 511 W 18th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Opens Jan 25
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See the beast of the fifth borough: Staten Island Chuck

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Get up early to check in with Staten Island Chuck, whom the borough's zoo describes as “New York City’s only weather forecasting groundhog.” Judging by his shadow, the creature will weigh in on whether we’ll have a short winter this year. What we're really watching for, though, is whether Chuck-y boy is overcome with bloodlust again and viciously attacks a dignitary (as he did when he nipped Mayor Bloomberg's finger in 2009; "Beast that bit the mayor" bleated the front page of the Daily News the next day). Whatever the outcome, you’re invited to stick around for breakfast ($10, children under 5 $5).

  1. Staten Island Zoo 614 Broadway, between Clove Rd and Forest Ave
  2. Until Mon Feb 2
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See who Philip Glass will invite to the Tibet House Benefit Concert this year

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Curated by celebrated composer Philip Glass for the nonprofit dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture, this 23rd annual show is sure to include an eclectic, star-studded cast of the latest and greatest on the music scene. Although the lineup won’t be announced until the end of the year, past performers have included living legends David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Moby, plus recent hotshots the National, James Blake and Vampire Weekend. It’s one party for peace you won’t want to miss.

  1. Carnegie Hall 154 W 57th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Thu Mar 5
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Realize the magic number is five at Cochon 555

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Here’s the deal: Five heritage hogs, five masterful chefs and five top winemakers meet for the fifth anniversary of this swine-focused fete that educates consumers about heritage breed pigs. Venerable local toques will face off, creating dishes that showcase the entire animal. Try them all and vote for your favorite bite of the day, while a panel of celeb experts determine best in category. Check cochon555.com for revelations on the lineup and further details.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Until Sun Jan 25
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Buy half of your presents at the Etsy Holiday Shop...

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  • Free

If you’re anything like us, you can spend hours scrolling through the pages of Etsy, looking at the more than 17 million handmade and vintage wares. Just in time for the holidays, more than 200 sellers will be hawking giftable items at this temporary shop. Peep Kim Dulaney geometric necklaces ($39), Nightbyrd colorful pillows ($75) and Sam’s Natural beard oil ($11).

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...and the other half from the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

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Fight the crowds and complete your holiday shopping in one fell swoop with Target’s latest collaboration. The affordable collection boasts more than 50 covetable gifts—including men’s clothing (Rag & Bone, Thom Browne) and women’s fashion (Lela Rose, Tracy Reese), plus accessories (Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs) and home goods (Altuzarra)—created by 24 designers. Splurge on a floral-print Alice + Olivia bike ($500) with lime-green and holiday-red accents, or treat Fido to an Oscar de la Renta collar and leash ($40). Whatever you buy, present it in style with Rodarte monochrome wrapping paper ($7 per roll). Available at neimanmarcus.com and Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com.


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