For the 46th year, El Museo del Barrio presents its Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration. This year the theme is Entre Familia: Mental Health & Wellness of our Communities. You can expect puppets, live music, dancing, and even live camels.
Detox from holiday excess at the Winter Spa at The William Vale in Brooklyn. Red cedar al fresco saunas will let you sweat your stresses away. There are also hot tubs and a range of luxury spa experiences. Open to hotel guests and locals alike, with walk-in access available.
NEW YEAR'S SPECIAL
Ahead of the Lunar New Year, China Institute hosts an afternoon of Kun Opera. Dating back six centuries, the art form integrates drama, music, literature, dance, and design. Sunday's performance will feature full costumes, a demonstration, and a dialogue.
ART OF THE COCKTAIL
Hidden izakaya GG Tokyo hosts a special cocktail class this Friday. Beverage Director Ivan Papic (Balthazar, Macao Trading Company) leads the way in partnership with Dobel Maestro Tequila. Learn about agave and how to craft a perfect drink, with a chef’s selection of sushi and snacks included in the ticket price.
LAST CALL ON BROADWAY
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It's the time of year when Broadway shows start to turn over, and there are 16 closing in the next few weeks. This weekend marks your last chance at 1776, above, along with Almost Famous, Beetlejuice, and Into the Woods.
Installation view of Refik Anadol: Unsupervised, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 19, 2022–March 5, 2023. © 2023 The Museum of Modern Art.
MoMA's free evenings continue with this Friday's version of UNIQLO NYC Nights. Music, drinks from a pop-up bar, drop-in drawing sessions, film, and explorations of the galleries are all on tap.
ART AND YOGA
Get started on those resolutions on Monday. January 9th, when downtown immersive space Hall des Lumières hosts an Equinox Vinyasa Experience. A yoga class will be set to the Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion exhibition.
OPENING OF THE WEEK
Cornelius serves “old farm, new table” fare within the grandeur of Grand Central Terminal. Lobster strudel, foraged mushroom tartlet, and Hudson Valley steelhead trout are all on the menu, to be paired with 250 wines from the thoughtful international list. There are also City Winery wines by the glass and craft cocktails including a caviar martini, oyster martini, and an espresso old fashioned.
Celebrate the holidays from the top of the city! One World Observatory has launched a reimagined version of its ONEderland holiday experience, with a cozy chalet lounge, a gingerbread café, a European-style holiday market, and photo ops on a ski lift high above the city skyline. Open now through January 7th.
THE MAGIC FLUTE
The Metropolitan Opera is into its inspiring 2022-23 season, packed with opera’s most talented stars performing across a wide range of repertoire. Between December 16th and January 6th, a New York City tradition returns with The Magic Flute—Holiday Presentation. The Met’s abridged, family-friendly version of Mozart’s musical fairy tale features Maestro Duncan Ward making his company debut, conducting Julie Taymor’s irresistible production. Don’t miss the timeless story of Tamino, the noble prince on a quest to win the fair princess Pamina, joined by the bird catcher Papageno and the Queen of the Night.
GOLDEN GIRLS POP UP
Immerse yourself in '80s Miami with the launch of The Golden Girls Kitchen. Mains run from Sophia's Lasagna Al Forno to the Rose Marie Soup and Salad Combo, with specialty cocktails from the Rusty Anchor Bar and yes, plenty of cheesecake. Don't miss photo ops like Blanche’s Boudoir and the girls’ yellow kitchen phone.
Don't fight the season—embrace it. City Vineyard’s Winter Igloos have returned, keeping up to 8 guests cozy. Reservations are now open for the igloos at City Winery’s Wine Garden in Rockefeller Plaza, with mulled wine, spiked cider, signature wines, hot chocolate, and snacks, all accompanied by iconic plaza views. City Vineyard at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park has igloos as well, enhanced by river views.
MUSEUM OF THE WEEK
Photo: M. Shanley/© AMNH
The Origami Holiday Tree has returned to the Natural History Museum. The theme this year is Beautiful Bugs, inspired by the Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Insectarium, opening early next year as AMNH expands. Check out more than one-thousand pieces of origami, including intricate grasshoppers, butterflies, beetles, and museum icons like the Blue Whale. Through January 9th.
One-million dazzling lights have returned to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden after a sold-out run last year. Lightscape's Winter Cathedral and a reimagined Fire Garden are back, joined by installations like Neon Waves, with strings of neon cord stretched between the garden’s famous cherry trees. Through January 9th, 2023.
NOW OPEN! THE MUSEUM OF BROADWAY
Photo: Monique Carboni.
The city’s newest destination is The Museum of Broadway in Times Square. This interactive, experiential museum journeys from the birth of Broadway to the present day, including a sneak peek behind the curtain into the making of a Broadway show. Costumes, props, rare photos, and videos are all on display.
The Ice Rink is back in the Seaport for winter festivities and complimentary skating (rentals are extra) along the East River. Don't miss the skyline views and a new overhead light installation, "Aurora," inspired by the Northern Lights.
GOVERNORS ISLAND WINTER VILLAGE
This year's Winter Village has launched, highlighted by a 7,500-square-foot skating rink. Open Thursdays through Sundays (plus Department of Education holidays), there are more than a dozen lawn games, sled and bike rentals, twinkling lights, and seasonal food and drink.
HOLIDAY MULTIVERSE IMMERSIVE
Photo courtesy ARTECHOUSE.
Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience the immersive art space ARTECHOUSE. You’ve never seen art like this before, as room-sized digital projections merge with sound design to create a cinematic experience. Now on view is SPECTACULAR FACTORY: The Holiday Multiverse. Favorite holiday themes come to vibrant life as guests float among swinging jingle bells, crash the party of a thousand nutcrackers, take a spin on a candy cane carousel, and go on a thrilling train ride through holiday wreaths. Stop by the XR bar, which serves specialty holiday-themed cocktails augmented by enchanting XR experiences. (Chelsea Market is a great spot for holiday shopping and it offers dozens of options for artisanal bites.)
Queens County Farm is lit up by a handmade array of Chinese lanterns, inspired by theme parks and Chinese legends. Look for glowing tunnels and swings among the endless photo ops. Illuminate The Farm runs through January 8th.
RETURN OF THE CROWN
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After a long Covid pause, the crown of Lady Liberty is once again open to visitors. This icon requires a 162-step climb (there is no elevator) but will reward you with an entirely unique perspective on the city. Along a double-helix spiral staircase you'll see the intricate structure that keeps the statue standing, capped by 25 windows overlooking New York Harbor.
WINTER LANTERN FESTIVAL
Okay, so it might be rushing the season, but it's really never to early to enjoy glowing immersive worlds. The SIUH Community Park on Staten Island has been transformed into a realm of light, cast by over one-thousand handmade Chinese lanterns. Journey To The East runs through January 8th.
Image: Mark Zhelezoglo for Hall des Lumières.
Art meets tech at the inaugural Hall des Lumières exhibition, Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion, which opened to the public last week. The Austrian symbolist painter’s most iconic works come to life using cutting-edge mapping technology. You’ll enter an immersive world of gold and color as an original soundtrack plays. Set in in the former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, Hall des Lumières brings the Beaux-Arts landmark back to life with art that complements the ornate interior.
David LaChapelle - ‘Behold' (2015 Hawaii). ©David LaChapelle, courtesy of Fotografiska New York.
Fotografiska New York is a museum experience for the modern world. The institution hosts its first full-building takeover with David LaChapelle: make Believe. Vibrant images fill all six floors of the museum, with 150 works full of wit, celebrity, and technical innovation. Included are the last-ever portraits of Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson, household-name album covers, and allegorical works in dialogue with the AIDS epidemic. The show weaves together recurring themes of religion, the environment and the play between artifice and nature, gender identity, societal ideals of beauty, and LaChapelle’s legendary explorations of pop culture fame. The artist collaborated on the show’s layout, which takes the form of a journey, interacting with the church-like details of Fotografiska’s stunning 1894 neo-Gothic architecture.
AN INSTAGRAM SMASH IN NOHO
Top ice cream creator Dylan Lemay is throwing and catching artisan ice cream balls at his newly opened store, CATCH’N Ice Cream in NoHo. Stop in to catch your next favorite flavor of ice cream. Open daily from noon to late—don't miss the Behind the Counter experience, where you can make your own ice cream ball, coat it in chocolate, and roll it in your favorite toppings!
Authentic Italian fine dining in a comfortable space is what you'll find at Upper West Side favorite Joanne Trattoria. They've just launched a new early brunch, running Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-1pm. Look for temptations like banana Nutella crepes, omelets and other eggs, ricotta Belgian waffles, pancakes, and sides of bacon and sausage. "Mangia bene vive bene." Also at Joanne Trattoria, don't miss live music with your meal, including jazz guitar from virtuoso Abe Ovadia every Sunday from 4:30-7pm. If you're dining on the early side you can get a great deal, as Sundays through Thursdays before 6pm Joanne Trattoria offers a $19.99 prix-fixe. It comes with a side salad, an entree, and a glass of house wine or a soda. Tuesday night is date night at Joanne Trattoria—enjoy a complimentary bottle of Gaga Wine with every two entrees ordered. Football fan? Monday, Thursday, and Sunday throughout the entire restaurant take advantage of $15 pitchers of beer (Bud Light, Heineken, and Modelo), $5 glasses of beer on tap, and $21 beer buckets. In addition to Abe Ovadia, live music coming up at Joanne Trattoria includes:
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CANDYTOPIA IS BACK
If you’ve ever wanted a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, you’ll get a taste at Candytopia (without the imminent peril). Dive into a ball pit of marshmallows, view portraits made of candy, and take killer pics with candy-inspired scenes. The attraction is now open for a limited run, which continues through the holidays.
Go on a 360-degree journey through the world of Claude Monet (1840-1926). The just-opened Monet's Garden uses multi-sensory technology to open up the Father of Impressionism’s art and life, culminating in a waterlily immersion.
TITANIC. THE EXHIBITION
Immerse yourself in one of the greatest stories of the 20th century just a few blocks from the Titanic's intended destination at Pier 59 in Chelsea. Titanic. The Exhibition brings visitors back to 1912 through the stories of passengers, illuminated by photographs, letters, and keepsakes. You'll also get to walk through a recreation of the ship's interior, from a humble third-class cabin to a first-class suite.
ICONS OF HORROR
The season for shivers isn't over yet. The newest immersion at Madame Tussauds is Warner Bros. Icons of Horror. Celebrate legends, including Pennywise and Regan from The Exorcist. If you dare.
THINGS TO DO IN NYC: HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
Cucina 8½ offers an elevated experience of rustic Italian cuisine in midtown's iconic Solow Building. The grand space features a winding staircase that opens to a spacious dining room and a vast bar area. On weeknights, the bar and lounge area offers an excellent happy hour, 4-7pm. Draft beer and sommelier-selected wines by the glass are $7; for $12, take a pick of some classic cocktails including the 8½ Fellini Bellini, a Negroni, and a "Sex and the City" Cosmopolitan (Season 4, Episode 2 was filmed right here). They also make a mean Martini, available in mini form for happy hour at 8½ dollars. All drinks are accompanied by complimentary hors d'oeuvres.
A PRIME HAPPY HOUR
Prime Catch NYC serves top-rate seafood and steaks right in the heart of the Theater District. This is a great stop pre or post-Broadway or while out in Times Square, with both indoor and outdoor seating options. They specialize in Prime USDA dry-aged Pat LaFrieda meat with house specialty Porterhouse and tomahawk cuts. Don't miss great deals at Happy Hour, which runs all day, seven days a week at the bar.
A HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL
Havana Central has introduced 1/2 price empanadas during Happy Hour at the bar! Diners must purchase a drink, 3 empanadas max per drink purchase. Available in the bar only, Monday-Friday from 4-7pm. Choose from a variety of homemade savory pockets including beef, chicken, cheese, shrimp, and ropa vieja! Havana Central also features Happy Hour drink specials including $7 classic mojitos, classic margaritas, and red sangria, in addition to other specials.
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN NYC
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In the East Village, long a home of Ukrainian immigrants (and their food and culture), you'll find the largest museum in the U.S. committed to the rich heritage of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Museum's state-of-the-art home holds a folk art collection (one of the most important collections outside of Ukraine), a fine arts collection (including works by the well-known primitif artist Nikifor), and an extensive archive.
Be the hero of your very own adventure at The Escape Game in Midtown East. You and your team will find clues and solve puzzles on your way to completing a mission. Have fun, use your brain, and work together as you follow clues to escape the room in 60 minutes. At The Escape Game’s convenient location near Grand Central you can choose from five different rooms: The Heist, Prison Break, Gold Rush, Playground, and Special Ops: Mysterious Market. Begin with a quick video to brief you on your mission and cover some basic guidelines, and then after that it’s up to you (a Game Guide is available at all times throughout the adventure).
THINGS TO DO IN NYC: LIVE PERFORMANCES
LIVE BEATS & MORE DOWNTOWN
Downtown has one destination for eclectic, compelling music. The programming at the East Village’s Drom runs from jazz, rock, electronic, soul, and funk to international music. The weeks ahead bring high-energy ensemble work from The Silver Arrow Band and DJ TM.8’s Temptation Saturday 80’s Dance Party.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary season, Drom is introducing a monthly residency from Grammy-nominated Cuban bandleader Pedrito Martinez. Martinez will bring his signature, high-energy Afro-Cuban sound in the coming weeks.
JoAnna Ross and Dan Goodman, photo by Paul Park.
Drom is also your local choice for comedy and pole dancing. Schtick A Pole In It has for the past 9 years been NYC's best (and only) comedy and pole dancing show. Comics tell jokes and pole dancers pole dance. Laugh lines alternate with death-defying tricks. If you don't see shows like this, why are you even paying NYC rents? The show has just expanded to four dates a month as part of an open-ended run. Tickets and more information are here.
LIVE MUSIC AND FINE WINE AT CITY WINERY
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City Winery New York City at Hudson River Park brings together great bites, wine to match, and views to remember. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner in City Winery’s restaurant and wine bar, where the food is meant to be paired with a great glass of wine. They’re open daily, with two stages hosting a stellar array of music and comedy.
Enjoy a reading from the book of John (and Paul, George, and Ringo) by Strawberry Fields on Sunday mornings. This Beatles tribute brunch is a treat for the whole family, join in the fun at City Winery at noon.
UPCOMING SHOWS AT CITY WINERY
Astro Keys | 1.2 ($15 - $20)
Astro Keys co-founders Andrew Miramonti (Hammond B3), VJ Brown (Guitar) and Kevin Neyer (Drums) record and perform their original hard-hitting, deep-grooving, cinematic instrumental funk and soul music via Hammond B3 organ, electric guitar and drums from their warehouse studio in Brooklyn. Their debut full length LP ‘Majestic Imagination’ is out now on vinyl and streaming everywhere!
BLUE MAN GROUP!
No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by the three blue-hued alien dudes of Blue Man Group. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy.
Looking for all the latest notes and updates on Broadway and Off Broadway? Check out our comprehensive These Are the Broadway and Off Broadway Shows in NYC 2022: Everything You Need to Know.
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ULTIMATE PERSPECTIVES ON NYC
Take a quick trip across the Hudson for some of the ultimate perspectives on NYC. Soar 300 feet above the Garden State for unique views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline aboard Dream Wheel New Jersey. The Dream Wheel holds 27 completely enclosed, climate-controlled Gondolas. Rides are 25 minutes long and the technology is state of the art—the wheel doesn’t even stop to board, it turns continuously. (The American Dream mall also boasts world-class shopping, dining, and a gigantic indoor theme park.)
AN INTERACTIVE MUSEUM TOUR FOR THEATER FANS
Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures, which specializes in interactive museum tours inspired by great stories, is releasing its first post-pandemic tour, Staged: The Museum Tour for People who Love Theater. Staged looks at the development of theater through the lens of artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from early Greek statues of actors to depictions of stories that inspired Broadway musicals. Interspersed with activities and questions about theater, the tour takes participants across the museum and across cultures to see the ways artists have worked the theme of theater into their creations for thousands of years. Participants should bring their T (theater) game, and maybe even be prepared to do a little acting, because, after all, all the world’s a stage. Sundays at 11am.
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
Merchants House Parlor by Denis Vlasov. Photo courtesy Merchant's House Museum.
Built in 1832, the East Village's Merchant’s House was home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost a century. Miraculously, the house still retains the family's original furnishings and personal possessions. Stop by for a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life in New York City from 1835 to 1865. During COVID times, the Merchant's House Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays only, noon to 5pm. Admission is $15 and advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
THE SECRET SIDE OF ELLIS ISLAND
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the unrestored Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital Complex. This gateway to America for millions of people is accessible again via City Statue Cruises—the only ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. (If you opt for the Hard Hat Tour Ticket and its 90-minute guided tour of the hidden part of Ellis Island you'll get round-trip ferry service and audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Islands.) The art exhibition "Unframed—Ellis Island," by renowned French artist JR, is on display throughout the hospital complex. Tours run on Saturdays and Sundays.
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CURTAIN'S UP AT ELLEN’S STARDUST DINER
The show goes on at Ellen's Stardust Diner. Food, drink, and live performances from the famous singing waitstaff have returned. The 1950s-themed restaurant has been around since 1987 and brings back its retro vibes (founder Ellen Hart Sturm is a native New Yorker who was crowned Miss Subways in 1959.) Catch intimate performances by staff on their way to joining a long line of Broadway actors who have made Ellen's their launching pad. If you're looking for a great souvenir of an NYC trip, check out The Stardust Shop, with merch like mugs, hats, and the t-shirt above.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
Statue City Cruises is out and about in New York Harbor. Tickets can be purchased in advance (strongly encouraged) from the Statue City Cruises website or at Gangway 5 in Battery Park. statuecruises.com
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