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Last chance winter bucket list

Why grumble about the weather when you could be having fun at these winter-only NYC events?

Written by
Sophie Harris

Yes! We know it's freezing cold and by now you can name a thousand different types of snow, you've seen so damn much of the stuff. But while it might be tempting to kvetch about the city in February, guess what? Winter in NYC is awesome. Really, we mean it. Aside from the unparalleled opportunities for wearing fantastic knitwear and snuggling that the season boasts, Gotham is bursting at the seams with unique and wonderful winter events. But guess what else? Some of the best things to do in winter in New York are about to wind up, for a whole 'nother year! Here's our pick of the best, so catch 'em while you can.

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center
  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Midtown West

Lazy ice-skating fans, panic not: The iconic Rock Center ice rink stays frozen for your skating pleasure all the way through April. If you haven't hit the rink by then, you probably never will. Ends Apr 21

Nitehawk Cinema's hot cider
  • Movie theaters
  • Independent
  • Williamsburg

Few things in the film world are really seasonal (especially during winter, when we don't have outdoor screenings), but spring will spell the end of the hot apple cider at Nitehawk! Every movie is improved by having some warm booze in your bloodstream. End date TBD, but get there soon!

  • Theater
  • Off Broadway
  • Chelsea

The Lodge at Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel is billed as "winter-only." And when exactly will this alpine-retreat–style watering hole close? The folks at the McKittrick say it's a surprise! But of course. Our guess is mid-March, but we recommend you don't dillydally and miss out on your chance to visit this one-of-a-kind hang, which comes complete with bunk beds and bear furs.

"Madame Cézanne" at MoMA
  • Art
  • Masterpiece

If you're sick of the endless gray of the city in winter, let your eyes feast on color at "Madame Cézanne," the MoMA smash that features lesser-known Postimpressionistic paintings of the artist Paul Cézanne's wife. Ends Mar 15

Last-chance Broadway shows
Joan Marcus

Last-chance Broadway shows

See the Broadway shows closing before the spring deluge: dishy Jake Gyllenhaal in Constellations (Mar 15); incomparable Idina Menzel in If/Then (Mar 22); and the slinky Alan Cumming in Cabaret (Mar 29). Don’t wait till the final weekend!

Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
  • Art
  • Painting

Winter got you feeling pensive and elegant? Take a nice quiet trip to Chelsea to see the closing days of "Genre Paintings," the latest show from acclaimed Welsh painter Merlin James. Ends Mar 7

Snowbus special service

Snowbus special service

Did you know that the same guys who do the beach bus in the summer operate a special winter service, too? The NYC snowbus to area ski resorts runs through March. (And there’s also a gay version, Ski Bums…) Ends Mar 28

Leviathan at Film Forum
  • Movies
  • Drama

Cozy up in Film Forum for the chilly Russian drama Leviathan, which simply won't work half as well after spring has sprung.

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