101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2009

Seasonal classics and must-do events.

  • Cassoulet

  • 8. See "Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

  • Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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1. Ice hockey shenanigans
After you’ve practiced indignantly throwing your gloves to the floor, head to Chelsea Piers, where you can take hockey lessons ($50) or join an open scrimmage on weekdays ($35, free for goalies; 18 and over). Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (Pier 61), W 23rd St at Hudson River (212-336-6100, ext 6158; chelseapiers.com)

2. Pro ice hockey shenanigans
Watch the New York area’s NHL teams pummel each other. They won’t sound as good as Vampire Weekend, but they sure make better bruisers. nhl.com

3. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez share podium duties for the latest visit from the venerated orchestra. Carnegie Hall, 154 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org). Fri 15--Sun 17, $33.50--$219.

4. Fondue at Artisanal
$24 gets you a petite order (serves up to three people). 2 Park Ave at 32nd St (212-725-8585, artisanalbistro.com)

5. Cassoulet Cook-Off
A $20 donation (to benefit NYC’s Greenmarkets) is your ticket to all-you-can-sample heaven at this wintry-stew competition. Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-982-3006, jimmysno43.com). Sat 16 1--5pm, $20.

6. The Muppets Take Manhattan Sing-Along
Somebody’s getting married! 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St between Canal and Desbrosses Sts (212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org). Sat 16 at 11pm, $13 (includes a beer).

7. “Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter”
Ogle 500 live, winged beauties flitting through a 1,200-square-foot vivarium. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5200, amnh.org). Through May 31. $24.

8. Simon Boccanegra
In this gripping Verdi drama, veteran tenor Plcido Domingo takes on a title role composed for a baritone. Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave at 65th St (212-362-6000). Mon 18 at 8pm, $20--$275.

9. The New York Botanical Garden’s tropical rain forest
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, you may forget the bone-chilling weather outside. Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd, Bronx (718-817-8700, nybg.org). All-garden pass $20, grounds only $6.

10. Dinner and a concert at Scandinavia House
A three-course prix-fixe meal includes a ticket to that evening’s recital. 58 Park Ave at 38th St (212-847-9740, scandinaviahouse.org). Ongoing. $34.


101 things to do this winter
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