Things To Do In NYC This January
If your New Year’s Resolution was along the lines of “get out there and enjoy life more”, boy have we got you covered! January brings another jam-packed month of exciting events, only to be found in NYC. So bundle up and brave the cold, you have shows to see, food to eat, sports to play, and one very interesting subway ride to take!
16th Annual No Pants on the Subway Ride
When: January 8th, 2017
I have to say, I really love the fact that the brilliant minds who thought up this gig made it happen in January instead of, say, a 97 degree day in July. The fact that people are standing below ground in near-freezing temperatures, sans pants, should make even the most curmudgeon of New Yorkers leave their apartment to witness such craziness. The No Pants Subway Ride has been taking place since 2002, and is the brainchild of Improv Everywhere. Part performance art, part theater, part comedy, it’s one of NYC’s most anticipated annual events. Check their website for the latest information, such as where and when to meet, should you feel like participating…or, you know, just having a good laugh at the folks who are. The after party this year will take place at Bar 13 .
MLK Gospel Show
When: January 16th, 2017
Let’s not forget the reason we’re blessed with a 3 day weekend smack in the middle of the month: Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, of course. Pay homage to him and his incredible work by attending a performance to celebrate him at B.B. King Blues Club. The joyous show will be performed by the legendary Harlem Gospel Choir. Tickets go for $25 ahead of time, and $30 at the door. Brunch will be available during the performance.
NYC Broadway Discount Week
When: January 17th – February 5th, 2017
Twice a year, New Yorkers are able to score 2-for-1 ticket deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week. This sure beats waiting out in line (in the freezing cold) for discount tickets at the TKTS booths, chancing your luck for a lottery discount (trust us, the odds are not in your favor), or paying full price (shudder.) While you probably won’t be able to snag a twofer for Hamilton, most of the shows offer this deal, and it’s a fantastic way to take advantage of a time of year when tourism has slowed a bit, and Broadway is depending on locals to fill their seats.
NYC Winter Restaurant Week
When: January 23rd – Feb. 10th, 2017
If scoring a table at one of NYC’s top restaurants is high on your bucket list, but the idea of the bill at the end of the meal is decidedly not, get ready to rejoice. NYC Restaurant Week has returned, offering a fantastic deal on a 3 course lunch or dinner at over 300 restaurants in the city. I’ve participated in Restaurant Week for several years now and have a few secret tips I’ll share with you: 1. If it fits in your schedule, go for the lunch option rather than the dinner. You’ll be paying less and, at most every restaurant, will be getting the same exact courses for both lunch and dinner. and 2. Really weed through and pick only the cream of the crop restaurants which you would never want to pay full price for normally (i.e. The 21 Club.) This way you get to experience not only the food, but also the service and ambiance of the place, at a fraction of the price you would normally pay. and 3. Remember, the deal does not include alcohol, so at many places, if you order a drink, it can cost almost as much as your meal. You’ve been warned!
When: January 28, 2017
If a ski trip to Colorado isn’t in the cards this winter, fear not. Central Park will be bringing the snow to you (literally, with no cooperation needed from Mother Nature!) With the blown-in snow of Winter Jam, you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding smack in the middle of the park. Equipment will be available to rent, free of charge.