101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010
Wed Nov 24 2010
Photograph: Kathy Crumish
RECOMMENDED: The most up-to-date 101 things to do in the winter in New York City
1. Sing along to "Buddy Holly" at the Weezer Memories tour
You can listen to "Jingle Bells" and "The Dreidel Song" only so many times before going insane. Ditch the kiddie choirs and carolers, and hear the iconic '90s rock band play every irresistible tune on its multiplatinum Blue Album (December 17), then get philosophical with the entire heartfelt cult favorite Pinkerton (December 18). [node:120513 link=Roseland Ballroom;], 239 W 52nd St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-777-0200, livenation.com). Dec 17, 18 at 7pm; $59.50.
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2. Check out a tree lighting
Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square switches on a 25-foot-tall balsam fir, in a neighborhood festival that includes free music from Anat Cohen, John Pizzarelli and Harlem Samba, plus tastings from local restaurants. [node:119065 link=Dante Park;], W 63rd St between Broadway and Columbus Ave (212-581-3774, winterseve.org). Mon 29 at 5:30pm; free.
3. Heat up the city's best dance floor
The cold is an easy excuse for staying in, but too many evenings on the couch can get depressing. Hit Franois K's Deep Space dub nights at attitude-free [node:118902 link=Cielo;], to remind yourself that people still do have fun after the chill sets in. 18 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-645-5700, cieloclub.com). Mon 10pm; $12.
4. Hit the season's biggest sale
It's worth braving the crowds at the stylish semiannual melee that is the Barneys' Warehouse Sale to score designer threads for 50 to 75 percent off. You may be tempted to elbow someone for a pair of shoes, but do your best to stay civil. 255 W 17th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (barneys.com). February date TBA.
[node:609899 override=cck:field_caption:; override=cck:field_credits:; noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]5. Watch museum-quality movies
Following a $67 million expansion, the sleek, redesigned [node:120079 link=Museum of the Moving Image;] is finally back—doubled in size, with new educational facilities and theaters that will show more than 400 films in the coming year. Opening weekend is January 15. 35th Ave at 37th St, Astoria, Queens (718-784-0077, movingimage.us). Opens Jan 15; $10, children 5--18 $5, members and children under 5 free; free admission Fri 4--8pm.
6. Chill out in an indoor park
A godsend in the New York winter, Nolita's Park Here, a 4,500-square-foot public indoor pop-up park, is slush- and pigeon-free, filled with trees, benches and weekend Hester Street Fair food vendors. Lounge on the grass during one of the space's twice-weekly movie nights. 201 Mulberry St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (212-334-0288, openhousegallery.org). Jan 8--30; free.
7. Take a candlelight tour of the [node:118551 link=Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum;]
Set on a woodsy estate, this elegant manor feels little changed since it was built between 1836 and 1842, especially when the electricity dims and costumed docents guide you through 19th-century holiday traditions. 895 Shore Rd at Pelham Bay Park, Bronx (718-885-1461, bpmm.org). Dec 11 6--8pm; $10, seniors and children $7. Reservations requested.
[node:609895 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]8. Join a dreidel tournament
Taking the Hebrew-school game to the next level, Major League Dreidel (majorleaguedreidel.com) gives you two ways to spin: Gelt Roulette, in which players place bets for charity, and Target Tops, a combination of shuffleboard and beer pong. Warm up at [node:452357 link=Full Circle Bar;] on December 2 (318 Grand St between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-725-4588, fullcirclebar.com; 8pm, free), then enter the tournament at the [node:121277 link=Knitting Factory;] December 9 (361 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-529-6696, knittingfactory.com; 7pm; $10--$15).
9. Catch an essential art exhibit
Don't miss "Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918--1936" at the [node:119426 link=Guggenheim;], which illustrates how artists responded to World War I. On the museum's pay-what-you-wish evening, you can see works by Matisse, Picasso and Lger for pennies. 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3500, guggenheim.org). Through Jan 9. $18, seniors and students $15, children under 12 and members free, Sat 5:45--7:45pm pay what you wish.
10. See Shakespeare for the masses
The Public Theater's latest project, called the Mobile Unit, brings the theater's usual top-notch Bardwork to those in homeless shelters, rehab centers and correctional facilities. But thankfully, you don't have to go to prison or pull a Lindsay Lohan to see the new production of Measure for Measure; after the altruistic tour, it's coming to Judson Memorial Church, in a very affordable stint for the inmates of regular NYC. [node:119682 link=Judson Memorial Church;], 55 Washington Sq South between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-967-7555, publictheater.org). Dec 6--11 8pm; $15.