101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010
Wed Nov 24 2010
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61. See the Kaleidoscope Light Show and Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
Hark, the herald commuters sing, glory to Grand Central's festive offerings. Every 30 minutes between 11am and 9pm, the Kaleidoscope Light Show (Nov 30--Jan 15) chimes in with music, neon walls and projections of giant swirling snowflakes and twinkling stars. While you're waiting to see the dazzling displays, check out the New York Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show (212-878-0106, mta.info/museum; Mon--Fri 8am--8pm, Sat--Sun 10am--6pm through January 17; free) to watch public-transport vehicles wend their way through a model track from Grand Central to the North Pole via Penn Station. [node:119397 link=Grand Central Terminal;], 42nd St and Lexington Ave (grandcentralterminal.com); free
62. Partake in Restaurant Week
Start saving your pennies now, because by the time Restaurant Week Winter 2011 rolls around you'll likely have enough change to afford a prix-fixe meal at one of 100 of the city's best upscale eateries. Keep your eyes peeled for the official release of participating restaurants and be quick off the mark come early January to snag a resy. Locations vary, visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek for more information. Jan 24--Feb 6, Mon--Fri, Sun; three-course prix-fixe lunch $24.07, prix-fixe dinner $35.
[node:610849 override=cck:field_caption:; override=cck:field_credits:; noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]63. See "1001 Inventions"
Want to discover the forgotten foundations of our modern scientific culture? Sure you do. The interactive exhibit "1001 Inventions" comes to the [node:120146 link=New York Hall of Science;] to show off 1,000 years of scholarship and engineering from the Muslim Middle Ages. Highlights include a stunning 20-foot-tall elephant clock and a model of a ninth-century flying machine. 47-01 111th St at 48th Ave, Flushing Meadows--Corona Park, Queens (718-699-0005, nyscience.org). Through March. Tue--Thu 9:30am--2pm; Fri 9:30am--5pm; Sat, Sun 10am--6pm. $11, children and seniors $8.
64. See the holly on [node:126419 link=The High Line;]
Enjoy a splash of color during the gray of winter by admiring the High Line's hardy perennials. In the Gansevoort Woodland you'll spot the striking blood-red winterberry holly and aromatic asters with their purple petals and yellow centers. Stop by the Holiday Singing and Hot Chocolate event on the High Line, (Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line at W 16th St; Dec 16 at 6pm; free) and toast the gardeners with a mug of warm chocolaty goodness. Gansevoort St to 34th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (thehighline.org). 7am--10pm, after Dec 1 7am--8pm; free.
65. Drink designer eggnog
We are counting down the days until Holiday Fig Eggnog debuts at Daniel Boulud's [node:122334 link=Bar Pleiades;] in mid-December. Here's what you have to look forward to: Head bartender Cameron Bogue wraps the traditional taste in vanilla cognac, a rich, molasses-sweet aged rum, black-mission-fig puree and the time-honored-traditional dusting of freshly grated nutmeg. 20 E 76th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-772-2600, danielnyc.com). $16.
66. Have yourself a funky Christmas
Cure the holiday's distinctly unfunky reputation with a James Brown doubleheader on the 25th. Start at [node:121798 link=B.B. King's;] for a tribute to the Godfather of Soul (237 W 42nd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com; 7:30pm; $15, advance $10) by the 12-piece Allstarz James Brown Tribute Band, then move on to the DJ Nickodemus (from Turntables on the Hudson)-- fronted tribute at [node:120195 link=Nublu;] (62 Ave C between 4th and 5th Sts; 212-375-1500, nublu.net; 10pm; $10).
67. Research your Miami Vice look for next summer
[node:120077 link=The Museum at FIT;]'s "His & Hers" exhibit boasts many historical examples of masculine and feminine dress, but we're most interested in basking in the rays of cool emanating from an original Miami Vice suit. Just the thought of the pastel hues transports us to sunny Southern Florida. Seventh Ave at 27th St (212-217-4558, fitnyc.edu). Nov 30--May 10. Tue--Fri noon--8pm, Sat 10am--5pm; free.
68. Play with toys at [node:118006 link=FAO Schwarz;]
The giant stuffed animals, life-size LEGO people, full-service ice-cream parlor and huge piano are what make this three-story toy box classic. If you haven't been back in a while, keep an eye out for the Muppet Whatnot Workshop, a Styled by Me Barbie area and a Hot Wheels Factory, where kids can build their own toys. 767 Fifth Ave at 58th St (fao.com). Mon--Thu 10am--7pm, Fri--Sat 10am--8pm, Sun 11am--6pm.
[node:609867 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]69. Catch a festive drag show
In NYC, drag queens have become as synonymous with holiday entertainment as the Rockettes or the Grinch. Our three ribald picks for this year are: Jackie Beat's 13th annual seasonal show All You Can Eat Christmas ([node:119799 link=Laurie Beechman Theatre;], 407 W 42nd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 212-695-6909, beechmantheatre.com; Dec 16--19 7:30pm; $22, advance $20 with a $15 food/drink minimum); Lettuce Rejoice 2010, an evening of comedy, song and punning from Hedda Lettuce ([node:120000 link=Metropolitan Room;], 34 W 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-206-0440, metropolitanroom.com; Dec 17 at 7:30pm, Dec 18 at 10:30pm, Dec 19, 22, 24, 26 at 7:30pm; $22 plus two drink minimum); and drag king Murray Hill's A Murray Little Christmas ([node:121284 link=[Le] Poisson Rouge;], 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St; 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; Dec 18 at 7, 9:15pm; $25, VIP $50).
[node:609921 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]70. Trim your tree with fancy holiday treats
Decorations are nice, but edible decorations are better. Head to specialty confectioner [node:124512 link=Papabubble;] to get your hands on raspberry- and chocolate-filled candy canes (pack of three small canes $5, single large cane $8) to hang on your mighty fir. To make sure you don't end up scarfing your tree's dressing, buy festive lollipops of elves (medium $8, large $15) and some holiday candy mix (2.1-ounce bag $5, 7-ounce jar $14.50, 14-ounce jar $25). 380 Broome St between Mott and Mulberry Sts (212-966-2599, papabubble.com)