101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010
Wed Nov 24 2010
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21. Watch men in Speedos risk frostbite
Though the Coney Island Polar Bear Club firmly believes that diving into the 40-degree Atlantic feels like a rebirth, there are hundreds more spectators who think it sounds as much fun as shock therapy. Still, there's nothing like ringing in 2011 with a shivering bunch of cheerful headcases during the annual New Year's Day swim. Coney Island Boardwalk at Stillwell Ave (polarbearclub.org). Jan 1 at 1pm; free.
22. See "Abstract Expressionist New York"
Studded with Pollocks and De Koonings, the MoMA show examines the style that stormed the city in the '40s and '50s. You could spend hours in these galleries—and weeks more just talking about it. [node:120082 link=Museum of Modern Art;], 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400, moma.org). Through Apr 25; $12--$20.
23. Cut loose at a sexy House of Scorpio event
If you're planning to attend the naughty House of Scorpio party at Brooklyn's Russian baths, expect to wear next to nothing on the roof deck or dance floor and get a massage and lounge—or engage in something a bit more active—in the plush playroom. It's BYO, with a mixer bar at the ready. Coney Island Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave between Lewis Pl and Matthews Ct, Kensington, Brooklyn (houseofscorpio.com). Dec 4 10pm--3am; $60, advance tickets required.
[node:609871 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]24. Donate a coat to the New York Cares Coat Drive
Clean out your closet and donate a washed, gently worn winter coat to one of the thousands of New Yorkers who don't have one at the annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Visit newyorkcares.org for a list of donation sites. Wed 1--Dec 31.
25. Take the ultimate post-Thanksgiving walk
The Shorewalkers' annual Walk Off the Turkey tradition consists of ambling up the Hudson from Battery Park to the Little Red Lighthouse—you'll cover about 12 miles in five hours. That burns some 850 calories, probably a quarter of what you ate. Luckily, more walks organized by the group continue into the winter. Meet at the bottom of the escalators inside the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, 4 South St between Broad and Whitehall Sts (shorewalkers.org). Sat 27 at 10am; suggested donation $5, members free.
26. Hire an avant-garde caroler
Book ahead to get Julian Koster's experimental pop project, The Music Tapes Caroling Tour, to visit your apartment. Armed with his dreamy lullabies and singing saws, Koster will bring indie-rock holiday cheer to a number of sleepover parties in New York City, with stops announced via e-mail a few days beforehand. Exact dates TBA (tentatively Dec 19, 20). E-mail email@example.com to invite the tour to your place.
[node:609885 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]27. Sup a bowl of grown-up ramen
Hole-in-the-wall noodle joint [node:123160 link=Rai Rai Ken;] feels straight out of Osaka, with its 14 stools pulled up to a wooden bar facing a busy kitchen. Slurp down a bowl of the fragrant curry ramen ($8.50), best with gyoza dumplings (six for $5) on the side. 214 E 10th St between First and Second Aves (212-477-7030)
28. Take an alt-museum tour in Brooklyn
Proteus Gowanus is home to both The Morbid Anatomy Library and Observatory; if you haven't poked around these cabinets of curiosities yet, a cold Saturday afternoon is an ideal time. At the MAL, discover ephemera like dental tools, stuffed alligators, enigmatic photographs, old microscopes and stacks of books. Observatory hosts lectures and popular occult walking tours. Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St between Bond and Nevins Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-243-1572, proteusgowanus.com). MAL open only by appointment; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. * observatoryroom.org
29. See an old-fashioned variety show
Something about winter makes it the right time to celebrate old-timey traditions. That's part of the fun of Radio Happy Hour, a live variety show that spins music, interviews and comedy around a radio play—in which the guest stars (Brooklyn quartet Suckers are up next) help solve a murder mystery. [node:121284 link=(Le) Poisson Rouge;], 158 Bleecker St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com). Dec 4 at 1pm; $12, advance $10.
[node:609859 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]30. Don a Santa hat and get drunk
For the hundreds of St. Nicks who throng the streets once a year for SantaCon, Christmas cheer is about getting sloshed by noon, making out with an elf and belting songs badly on the subway. The hedonistic pub crawl is loosely and mysteriously organized—and definitely not appropriate for children. Check nycsantacon.com for starting locations, times and other info. Dec 11.