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

    41. See the Rockettes save the day at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Photograph: Austin Young

    42. Have a happy holigays!

    Pictured: Jackie Beat, who stars in Come, They Told Me

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

    43. See the Rolling Stones when they were young (and, if you're lucky enough to get tickets, when they're old)

    Pictured: The Rolling Stones at the Gaumont Theatre, Norwich, Norfolk, April 24th, 1964. Featured in the exhibit "Rolling Stones: 50" at the Paley Center.

  • Photograph: Thomas Donley

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

    44. Set your legs free on the No Pants Subway Ride

     

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

    45. Forget the flagpin, show your love for our great nation at the American Songbook series

    Pictured: American Songbook venue the Allen Room (at Frederick P. Rose Hall)

  • Photograph: Thomas Donley

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

    46. Book it to Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

  • Photograph: Courtesy JDS Architects

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

    47. Drink, dine, dance and shop at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar

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

    48. Elbow your way through the crowds to see "Edvard Munch: The Scream"

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

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

    49. Test your beer-drinking mettle at Pacific Standard

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

    50. Go seal-spotting

Photograph: MSG Entertainment

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

41. See the Rockettes save the day at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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See the Rockettes save the day at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Director and choreographer Linda Haberman is the reason this show—and the Rockettes—keep getting better. This year’s production celebrates the famous dance company's 85th anniversary with a new piece that looks at costumes over the years. A revamped version of last year’s 3D spectacle follows a mother and daughter searching for the perfect Christmas present and finding the Rockettes as the heroines of a video game. Naturally, they save the day.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Sat Dec 1 - Sun Dec 30
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Have a happy holigays!

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The Christmakwanzakah season is upon us, and NYC's gays are, as always, eager to celebrate. Solemn observations of Baby Jesus's birthday aren't exactly heavily represented in the local LGBT scene; you're more likely to find irony-drenched anti-Christmas performances, retro-kitschy variety hours and, of course, dance parties. We recommend you check out Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Home for the Holidays (Dec 8), Hot X'Mess: A Hot Mess Holiday Spectacular! (Dec 7–28) with Bianca Del Rio and Lady Bunny, and Jackie Beat: Come, They Told Me (Dec 12–16). For more ways to make your holidays gay, check out the full list of LGBT holiday events in NYC.

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See the Rolling Stones when they were young (and, if you're lucky enough to get tickets, when they're old)

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To toast reaching the half-century mark as a group, Mick, Keef & Co. play two gigs at Newark’s Prudential Center and three more at Barclays Center—their only scheduled concerts aside from a pair of shows in London. Naturally, tickets were gobbled up within minutes of going on sale. Console yourself by brushing up on Stones history at the Paley Center’s ongoing exhibit, where you can peep 70 rare, career-encompassing photos and videos of the band in action, including their goose-bump–inducing set from The T.A.M.I. Show in 1964.

  1. The Paley Center for Media 25 W 52nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Sun Feb 3
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Set your legs free on the No Pants Subway Ride

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  • Free

Improv Everywhere’s annual barefaced, bare-legged mission began in January 2002 with a handful of operatives in one car on the downtown 6 train, but it’s grown into the mass, well-publicized event that took over your Facebook feed last year with hundreds of cheeky pics. Admittedly, it’s not the mildly subversive, playful prank it was; instead, it’s become a chance to perform a daring feat while supported by thousands of your fellow New Yorkers. That’s something we can drop trou and stand at attention for (as long as it’s not too cold). Check improveverywhere.com from early December for announcements.

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Forget the flagpin, show your love for our great nation at the American Songbook series

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

The best in jazz, folk, rock, Broadway, gospel and pop will resonate in the intimate Allen Room over the 15 nights of patriotic programing that comprise the first part of Lincoln Center’s all-American musical celebration. With solo gigs by Broadway divas such as Kristin Chenoweth (Feb 15) and Lea Salonga (Jan 30), the rock- and folk-infused sung poetry of Will Oldham (Feb 7) of Bonnie “Prince” Billy fame, and powerhouse gospel legend Mavis Staples (Feb 14), this roster has roots firmly planted in the rich musical traditions of the land of the free. 212-721-6500, americansongbook.org. Dates and times vary; $30–$275.

  1. 33 W 60th St, (at Broadway)
  2. Wed Jan 30 - Sat Mar 2
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Book it to Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Literary social group the Desk Set’s bookish bash wouldn’t be welcome at any library—it’s far too loud. The philanthropic librarians and their like-minded friends fill the Bell House’s stage with dozens of performers and DJs. Donate a book to score a free raffle ticket, but the real prize comes when a lucky word-lover is crowned Postmaster General. Prom-style photos make the event feel like the acne-free school dance you never had, and proceeds go to the nonprofit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Until Sat Dec 8
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Drink, dine, dance and shop at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar

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  • Free

Across a series of weekends in late November and early December, a 40,000-square-foot Billyburg warehouse will be converted into an after-dark market, packed with more than 200 local artists, vendors, chefs, musicians and DJs. Tastemaking outlets such as Fader, Hype Machine and Impose have been tapped to curate the nightly entertainment. Headliners include shoegazing popsters Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Dec 14), avant-noise vets Black Dice (Dec 15) and danceable agit-pop band MEN (Dec 21).

  1. Brookyn Night Bazaar 45 North 5th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sat Dec 1 - Sat Dec 22
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Elbow your way through the crowds to see "Edvard Munch: The Scream"

  • Price band: 2/4
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Be prepared to be jostled: MoMA has put on display the same pastel study for Munch's modernist classic that fetched nearly $120 million at Sotheby's in May—the highest sum ever paid for a work of art at auction. The piece is on loan from a "private collector," according to MoMA, though New York financier Leon Black is believed to have been the buyer. Who says America's rich aren't investing in American jobs? MoMA's guards will certainly be busy!

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Mon Apr 29
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Test your beer-drinking mettle at Pacific Standard

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Winter is the season during which we want to hunker down with a big, hearty brews—imperial stouts, spiced ales and the like. One of our favorite craft-beer bars, Pacific Standard, encourages patrons to do just that with its annual "Iron Santa" challenge. During the month of December, the bar will offer a selection of winter brews; if you can drink six in one day, you'll receive prizes, including a Pacific Standard growler or beer coozy. But this isn't amateur hour: These won't be low-alcohol beers, so remember to pace yourself, drink plenty of water, and try not to get sloppy.

  1. 82 Fourth Ave, (between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl)
  2. Sat Dec 1 - Tue Jan 1
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Go seal-spotting

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  • Free

Beginning in the fall, hundreds of seals travel south from Maine to spend their winter in the relatively warmer waters of New York. Between December and March, they hang out by the local beaches, such as Orchard Beach in the Bronx, during low tide. Each winter, the New York City Parks Department hosts seal spotting adventures. Two are currently scheduled, starting at Coney Island's Steeplechase Pier (Coney Island Boardwalk between Kensington Walk and W 21st St; Dec 8 1pm; free) and Orchard Beach Nature Center (Dec 9 1pm; free). Keep an eye on nyc.gov/parks for announcements regarding tours later in the season.


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