January in New York

January in New York

Happy 2016

With the holidays over, you would think the city would slow down. Nope! If you missed the holiday fun you can still catch the following: The Holiday Train Show 12/31, The Christmas Spectacular 1/3, spend Winter in Bryant Park until 1/3. Watch the lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree 1/6, thrill at the  Nutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production 1/17, see George Balanchine’s holiday tradition The Nutcracker 1/3, Shred Bad Memories (12 to 1 p.m. on 12/28).

For New Years:

New Year’s Eve – Times Square: Dazzling lights, big-name music, balloons, confetti, fireworks, and a crystal ball that drops at midnight. To join the crowd seeing it live, read the FAQ and arrive early. Free.

New Year’s Eve – Orchestra. The New York Philharmonic plays French music ranging from Ravel to the Can Can at New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne in Avery Fisher Hall.

New Year’s Eve – Run Free music and dancing begin at 10 p.m., fireworks at midnight, plus a 4-mile Midnight Run that requires registration, all at Central Park Bandshell.

New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor After Party for bikers or skaters has three starting points that all lead to a dance party with fireworks at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Free.

New Year’s Eve – Peace Concert: Choir and orchestra music, solo singers, and bright candles at New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace will uplift you in The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

1/6 Three kings parade: Children wearing crowns join real camels, sheep, a donkey, colorful puppets, musicians, and community leaders dressed as kings in the festive Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration in East Harlem. Free.

1/6 – 1/10 Boat show: See new boats, marine gear, and accessories plus workshops and TV celebrities at the New York Boat Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

1/7 – 1/ 17 Squash championship: See world-class squash players compete at Grand Central Terminal in the Tournament of Champions.

1/7 – 1/ 17 American Realness Festival features 71 performances of 18 productions, plus exhibitions, mostly at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.

1/8 – 1/ 10 Travel Show: Hear travel tips from experts, browse hundreds of travel booths, watch cultural performances, and try international foods at the New York Times Travel Show in Javits Convention Center.

1/ 10 French Casserole Cook-Off: From 12 to 3 p.m. taste competing chefs’ versions of this slow-cooked casserole from the south of France made with meat and beans at Cassoulet Cook-Off at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th St.

1/13 – 1/17 Jazz Festival: Winter Jazzfest includes 100 groups playing at 11 venues in the Village. Buy a day or weekend pass.

1/13 – 1/26 Jewish Film Festival: Showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.

1/14 – 1/17 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival [sound] screens dozens of unusual films at Tribeca Cinemas.

1/15 – 1/17 Knitting Show: Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at New York Marriott Marquis.

1/15 – 1/17 Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden. Discount tickets $38.

1/16 Sample beer and whiskey with live entertainment (burlesque, jazz, circus) and food for sale at East Ville Des Folies – Acte Trois in Webster Hall.

1/17 Diverse Music Fest: Enjoy 12 musical acts on 3 stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST at Webster Hall.

1/18 MLK Celebration: WNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is a panel discussion and music at the Apollo Theater. Free.

1/18 – 12/5 Restaurant Week: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays.

1/21 – 1/24 Ceramics Show: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair features exhibits by 30 galleries at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd St.

1/22 – 1/31 Antiques Show: View and purchase exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 73 exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory.

1/23 Snow Sports in The Park: Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and games during Winter Jam, when the Central Park bandshell area is covered with blown-in snow. Bring equipment or borrow it free. Bring photo ID for sports. Free.

1/30 Sample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at 608 W. 28th St. Sells out.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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