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NYC events in January 2017

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including free things to do and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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Our events calendar for the first month of 2017 is the perfect tonic for a holiday hangover. Start the year off with a chilly dip in the ocean at the Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Swim in Coney Island, celebrate Martin Luther King Day, or free your legs from the tyranny of trousers at Improv Everywhere's No Pants Subway Ride.

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Featured events in January 2017

New Year's Day in New York

There is plenty to do in NYC on New Year's Day, so shake off your hangover and get ready to start off 2015 with a bang. Strip down to your skivvies and take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim at Coney Island, indulge in verse and good food at the 41st annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading, dance to techno beats at Victor Calderone's 12-hour New Years Day Matter Marathon and more.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Lost in New York? Every Christmas, thousands of New Yorkers (and tourists) find their way to the bright and brilliant nexus of town, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Whether you’re stopping by the tree for ice-skating, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or to see the Lighting Ceremony, you’re certain to feel the magic when you witness the wonder of the 78-foot, 10-ton Norway Spruce illuminated in over 45,000 LED lights.

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By: David Goldberg

Martin Luther King Day events in NYC

Since it was first observed nationwide in January of 1986, the holiday commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has served as a reminder of his legacy to the causes of civil rights, nonviolent opposition and community service.

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By: Evelyn Derico

The No Pants Subway Ride

In January 2002, Improv Everywhere's Charlie Todd produced the first-ever No Pants Subway Ride and posted the event on YouTube, where the short clip quickly gained popularity. Now it has turned into one of the group's most anticipated events, as thousands of New Yorkers continue the funny tradition on subway cars all across Gotham. Donning winter clothes, minus their pants, the straphangers share the same goal: to confuse bystanders.

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By: Tazi Phillips