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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  • Photograph: Hedi Slimane

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

    51. See Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

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

    52. Feast your eyes on Henri Bendel's holiday windows

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

    53. Celebrate Christmas with Chinese and a Movie

    Pictured: Back to the Future

  • Photograph: Theo Wargo/Wireimage

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

    Embrace pop music at Z100's Jingle Ball 2012

  • Photograph: 8 Eyes Photography

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

    55. Satisfy your musical wanderlust at globalFEST 2013

  • Photograph: courtesy of Monadori Portfolio / Electa / Art Resource

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

    56. Revisit an art revolution in "Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925"

    Giacomo Balla, Velocità astratta + rumore (Abstract speed + sound)

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

    57. Gorge on classic comfort food at the Cassoulet Cook-Off

  • Photograph: TONY Photo Department

    58. Hurtle down a hill

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Flea

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

    59. Shop at the indoor Brooklyn Flea

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

    60. Hunker down in a subterranean beauty mecca

    Pictured: Drybar at Underground at Le Parker Meridien

Photograph: Hedi Slimane

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

51. See Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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See Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Scarlett Johansson hits the Great White Way alongside costar Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) for a revival of Tennessee Williams’s feisty, booze-soaked classic. The show marks ScarJo’s return to Broadway after her fine, Tony Award–winning turn two years ago in another mid-’50s dramatic staple, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. 877-250-2929, catonahottinroofbroadway.com. $67–$142.

  1. 226 W 46th St, (between Broadway and Eighth Ave)
  2. Opens Jan 17
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Feast your eyes on Henri Bendel's holiday windows

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  • Free

Of all of this year's Christmas window displays, this one's our favorite. Henri Bendel has partnered with the Brooklyn Museum to create storefront displays that evoke 1920s fashion. The main window has been tricked out to look like the department store's interior of 90 years ago, complete with mannequins wearing outfits inspired by actual Bendel designs from that era.

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Sun Dec 2 - Tue Jan 1
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Celebrate Christmas with Chinese and a Movie

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Celebrate Christmas the Jewish way—that is, by gorging on Chinese food and catching a flick—at 92YTribeca, where you can watch the first two installments of Robert Zemeckis’s time travel–trilogy, Back to the Future, while enjoying an all-you-can-eat Kosher, vegetarian buffet. Wait, you don’t see a Christmas connection to Back to the Future? Hello!?! McFly! Part II’s nightmarish vision of a dystopian Hill Valley without Marty’s dad is clearly inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life’s George Bailey-less Bedford Falls.  $30, advance $25

  1. 200 Hudson St, (at Canal St), 10013
  2. Tue Dec 25 1pm, doors 12:30pm
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Embrace pop music at Z100's Jingle Ball 2012

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Pop powerhouse Z100 takes over MSG for its annual holiday bash, a glittery gathering of chart toppers performing truncated, hit-heavy sets. True to form, the radio station has secured the squillion-record-selling trifecta of Justin Bieber, One Direction and Taylor Swift. The latter’s latest country-pop opus, Red, has made converts of pop skeptics and indie rags alike. Also on the bill: superhot, TONY-approved singer-rapper Ed Sheeran and local disco-popsters Fun., proving that the Top 40 is delightfully far from monotonous.

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts
  2. Until Fri Dec 7
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Satisfy your musical wanderlust at globalFEST 2013

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Practice the art of musical escapism at this border-smashing blowout, where 12 bands play across Webster Hall’s three stages. Dance away the winter blues with raucous 30-member marching band Mucca Pazza, merry Hungarian Roma crew Parno Graszt and aboriginal Canadian DJs A Tribe Called Red. For a different pace, Persian spike fiddler Kayhan Kalhor offers classic reveries with Turkish longneck-lute virtuoso Erdal Erzincan. Tickets to this genuinely impressive bill are already on sale—snap them up now and have a ready remedy to the postholiday funk.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Until Sun Jan 13
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Revisit an art revolution in "Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925"

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The development of abstract art a century ago was arguably the single greatest stylistic shift in the history of art since the Renaissance revived Greco-Roman classicism. This survey revisits the dawn of abstraction with a cross-media roundup of major works by Wassily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia and Robert Delaunay among many others.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Mon Apr 15
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Gorge on classic comfort food at the Cassoulet Cook-Off

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The iconic French dish of beans and meat, slow-cooked in its eponymous earthenware crock, is perhaps the ultimate winter comfort dish. Warm your soul with tastes of multiple versions at East Village gastropub Jimmy’s No. 43, where for the fifth year running, amateur and professional cooks will compete to make the best casserole. Proceeds benefit Greenmarket’s farmers-aid programs upstate, so rest assured your eating—and judging—is for a good cause.

  1. Jimmy’s No. 43 43 E 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Sun Jan 12
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Sledding!

Hurtle down a hill

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  • Free

Flying saucers slide even faster than you remember, so as soon as it starts to snow, go sledding! Some of our favorite spots: Central Park's famous Pilgrim Hill (near 72nd St and Fifth Ave), Riverside Park's Hippo Playground (91st St at Riverside Dr) and Clove Lakes Park (Clove Rd at Victory Blvd, Staten Island), where rangers have been known to organize races. For more info, go to nyc.gov/parks.

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Shop at the indoor Brooklyn Flea

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Have your weekends felt empty since this Kings County favorite closed its outdoor digs? Dry those tears, dear shopper: Brooklyn Flea’s holiday bazaar fills the magnificent, cavernous lobby of One Hanson Place with items by top crafters, as well as artisanal eats, antiques and vintage threads. Pick up handcrafted stocking stuffers like vegetable-wax candles by Species by the Thousands ($80), Birdhouse Jewelry charm necklaces ($15) and printed flasks by Citibitz ($35). Once the holiday season is over the market returns to its normal (but still stellar) self.

  1. One Hanson Place 1 Hanson Pl, at Ashland Pl
  2. Every Saturday and Sunday
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Hunker down in a subterranean beauty mecca

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Busy urbanites with no time to trek throughout the city can get all of their preening done at subterranean haven Underground at Le Parker Meridian. Popular blowout chain Drybar renders unruly manes sleek and polished with its signature service ($40), which includes a shampoo and flatironing. Meanwhile, hands and feet can get a pick-me-up with manicures ($15–$40) and pedicures ($35–$65) at nail salon Tenoverten. Those in need of some serious pampering can duck into Moonshine Spa for a facial or massage (each 60mins, $135). And guys don’t need to feel left out: Old-school barbershop Sharps offers cuts ($40), beard trims ($25) and straight-razor shaves ($40).

  1. 119 W 56th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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