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

Seasonal classics and must-do events.

41. The Miracle Worker
Headlining the cast as deaf, mute and blind Helen Keller: young starlet Abigail Breslin. Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway between 50th and 51st Sts (212-239-6200, miracleworkeronbroadway.com). Previews start Feb 12, opens Mar 3; $117--$202.

42. The Wolfman
Sorry, but you’re lying if you say you’re not interested in seeing Benicio Del Toro grow hairy and bite people. Anthony Hopkins is in it too. Happy early Valentine’s Day! Opens Feb 12.

43. The Winter Olympics
Watch the action at one of these TV-laden sports bars: Black Bear Lodge (274 Third Ave between 21st and 22nd Sts; 212-253-2178, bblnyc.com), Public House (140 E 41st St between Lexington and Third Aves; 212-682-3710, publichousenyc.com), and yes, ESPN Zone (1472 Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Sts; 212-921-3776, espnzone.com/newyork). Feb 12--28.

44. Kari Kriikku with the New York Philharmonic
Astounding Finnish clarinet acrobat Kari Kriikku joins a concerto by his old friend, Phil composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg. Carnegie Hall, 154 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-247-7800). Feb 13 at 8pm, $39--$116.

45. Chinese New Year
Ring in the Year of the Tiger with festivities throughout the city, including the 11th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival and the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival. Throughout Chinatown. Feb 14 11:30am--4pm.

46. A Behanding in Spokane
Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan star in Martin McDonagh’s play about a man searchng for his severed hand. Awesome. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W 45th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-239-6200). Previews start Feb 15, opens Mar 4; $61.50--$116.50.

47. Making It
This theatrical rock show with tunes, text and video follows the unlikely career of funk-fusion singer-songwriter Stew (Passing Strange). St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St between Dock and Main Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-254-8779, stannswarehouse.org). Feb 17--21, $42--$82.

48. $10 pool/sauna escape at Grace Hotel
Once you’ve elbowed your way through the Times Square tourists, you’ll be rewarded with access to a luxe steam room, sauna and indoor pool—for just $10 all day. 125 W 45th St between Sixth Ave and Broadway (212-354-2323, room-matehotels.com)

49. Nellie McKay
The Harlem songwriting dynamo pays tribute to her idol, Doris Day. The Allen Room (at Frederick P. Rose Hall), Broadway at 60th St (212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org). Feb 18 at 8:30pm, $40--$85.

50. Rum & Blackbird food tour
This recently launched excursion showcases midtown’s culinary crown jewel, Hell’s Kitchen. Location provided with ticket purchase. (212-209-3370, rumandblackbird.com). $49 includes all tastings, reservations required.


101 things to do this winter
Seasonal classics and must-do events.