101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2009
Seasonal classics and must-do events.
Wed Jan 13 2010
71. Go sledding
Yearning to relive childhood snow days? All you need is a drift-covered hill and a garbage-can lid, cafeteria tray or creaseless piece of cardboard. There’s a slope for every thrill-seeker; see the full list here. Bonus: If you get to the hill before the kids, you may be able to borrow an actual sled from the Parks Department and score free hot chocolate.
72. Rangers Casino Night
If a tux-wearing Sean Avery dealt you a poker hand, you’d feel like a winner no matter what it was. Deep-pocketed fans get to gamble cheek by puck-hardened jowl with Avery and the rest of the New York Rangers at this black-tie event. Proceeds go to the Garden of Dreams Foundation, Madison Square Garden’s philanthropic arm. Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway at 36th St (877-MSG-GOAL). Feb 8; $500--$2,000.
73. Eat like you’re in the old country at Sammy’s Roumanian
(See related) Walk into this LES rathskeller on a crowded evening and you may think you’ve stumbled into a bar mitzvah—Yiddish sing-alongs and folk dancing are ignited by the live synthesizer and further fueled by icy shots of vodka. The very Eastern European menu includes saline chicken liver, garlicky karnatzlack sausage and enormous beef tenderloins, all of which are hearty enough to slow down the hora. 157 Chrystie St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-673-0330)
74. Catch snow in a bowl on your fire escape
This is one TONY editor’s favorite organic seasonal dessert, spooned up aprs sky with maple syrup. (“On winter mornings in snowy midtown, my mom would put a metal bowl on our fire escape. When the bowl was full and before the squirrels peed in it, we’d snatch it and eat up,” she recalls. “New York’s best acid-rain Icee.”) For an all-weather alternative, head to Korean spot Bann for the Tropical Snow dessert ($9), a tower of coconut ice cream topped with raspberry coulis, crme anglaise and purple yams, and set upon shaved coconut ice in a bowl made of ice. 350 W 50th St at Ninth Ave (212-582-4446, bannrestaurant.com)
76. Watch Gary Bettman in action
NHL Commissioner Bettman hosts the weekly NHL Hour on Sirius XM Radio. Come and ask questions in person. NHL Powered by Reebok, 1185 Sixth Ave at 47th St (212-221-6375). Thursdays 6--7pm.
77. Booze it up and gorge yourself on sausage
Thanks to the proliferation of biergartens, New Yorkers needn’t hop on Lufthansa to enjoy quality brews and meat products. Franklin Park (618 St. Johns Pl between Classon and Franklin Aves, Crown Heights, Brooklyn; 718-975-0196, franklinparkbrooklyn.com) offers a dozen pricey-for-the-’hood drafts, like He’Brew’s crisp Coney Island Lager. Plentiful perches, live bands and a great tap selection make Studio Square (35-33 36th St between 35th and 36th Aves, Long Island City, Queens; 718-383-1001, studiosquarenyc.com) a great spot to try at least one of its 18 drafts available, including German microbrews like Hofbru Dunkel. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden (29-19 24th Ave between 29th and 30th Sts, Astoria, Queens; 718-274-4925, bohemianhall.com) is authentically Czech; tables are mingle-friendly, platters of sausage are hearty, and the beer is flowing. The huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round. Fort Greene gets in on the beer garden trend with Der Schwarze Klner (710 Fulton St at South Oxford St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 347-841-4495, derschwarzekoelner.com), which offers 17 Deutsch brews on tap, 22 by the bottle and traditional foods—wurst, kielbasa and of course, sausage.
78. Do the JackRabbit Sports Indoor Triathlon
JackRabbit Sports is giving athletes of all levels a chance to compete in a triathlon during a New York winter. Swim for ten minutes, bike for 30 minutes, run for 20 minutes and see how far and fast you can go. Every participant gets an aluminum water bottle, and winners take home gift certificates to the store. Asphalt Green, 555 E 90th St between York and East End Aves (212-727-2980, jackrabbitsports.com). Jan 31 3--7pm, $50.
79. Take a spa staycation
Steer away from the tourist hordes and head instead to a Zen carnival: the Six Flags--esque modern bathhouse Spa Castle. The squeaky-clean facilities—dozens of hot tubs, including a huge all-year-round outdoor oasis, and multiple sauna rooms that use so-called healing materials such as gold, LED lights and mineral salt—are a great antidote to post-holiday stress. 131-10 Eleventh Ave at 131st St, College Point, Queens (718-939-6300, nyspacastle.com). Mon--Fri $35; Sat, Sun, holidays $45.
80. Drink mulled wine at Spuyten Duyvil
Settle in for a cozy afternoon at this homey little tasting room, decorated with flea-market furnishings. Warm up with glhwein, a seasonal spiced mulled wine made fresh daily with white and red wine, nutmeg, cinnamon and citrus peel to balance the sweetness. Even better: Grab some takeout from the owners’ other establishment across the boulevard, meat mecca Fette Sau. 359 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-963-4140, spuytenduyvilnyc.com)
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101 things to do this winter
Seasonal classics and must-do events.