A Cozy City Ski Lodge
Vermont Flies South for the Winter at Maple Restaurant & Lounge
Tucked away from the bustle of Times Square in the Night Hotel, Maple is a wood-hewn escape from the glinting metal and sharp-edged glass of the cityscape. Their signature Maple Manhattan, with Knob Creek smoked maple bourbon, Antica Formula and oak barrel bitters, is just the thing to warm you up after a day-long slalom through the streets of midtown, and the house-special Hot Tots, tater-tots topped with cheese sauce, tomato salsa, and sriracha-lime crema, will warm even the frostiest sight-seer. Consider it the hot tub at the bottom of your run, and plan to end your day here.
Nothin’ But Net
The Harlem Globetrotters Dribble into the Barclays Center
“How’d they do that?!” Expect to shout this, frequently and with astonishment, as the mind-bending trick shots and on-court comedy of the Harlem Globetrotters comes to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. These basketball icons are among the only co-ed sports franchises in the nation, an inspiration to young male and female athletes alike, and their ball-handling skills are a court-side circus of movement and magic. Tickets are available at all levels, from casual fans to devoted followers – including eight coveted seats on the actual bench alongside the team, including a replica player jersey and behind-the-scenes access to the players before the game.
The World’s Most Popular Opera (Really!)
La Bohème Soars at the Metropolitan Opera House
Travel from contemporary New York to bohemian Paris for three hours with the Metropolitan Opera’s lavish staging of Puccini’s La Bohème, the tragic tale of love and loss in the Latin Quarter. Following Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic staging, the production is presented in Italian, with titles in four languages; two intermissions ensure that audience members are rapt from start to finish, and tickets start at just $25, making the performance accessible to even first-time opera patrons. And what better first opera could there be than the story that inspired modern Broadway sensation Rent?
The Subway Series Comes to Brooklyn
The Knicks Visit the Nets at the Barclays Center
Baseball is no longer New York’s only cross-town rivalry: this winter, the Brooklyn Nets will host the New York Knicks at their home court, the Barclays Center, authoring a new page in the epic borough-on-borough rivalry between Manhattan and Brooklyn. For this installment, the Nets’ “Suga”Shane Larkin (that’s son of Barry Larkin, whose Cincinnati Reds teammate Deion Sanders gave Shane his nickname) defects from the Knicks to play alongside rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who made headlines when he teamed up with his twin brother to buy their mom a house with his signing bonus. Hard not to cheer for a guy like that…
Snap Your Hands Say Word
Winter JazzFest Finds the Beat in Greenwich Village
What started as a single-venue evening of live music has grown into an annual festival that attracts some of the biggest names in jazz to the streets of the Village. Winter JazzFest now spans 10 different clubs and performance spaces, with a line-up of performers sure to syncopate any jazz lover’s pulse. Tickets are on sale online for individual performances, and festival-length passes are also available; extending from January 13 until January 17, it’s a five-day celebration harkening back to the Village’s bohemian roots that is unlike any other music festival out there. You’ll be snapping along in no time.
All the Trippy Visuals, None of the Side Effects
Sleep No More Haunts the McKittrick Hotel
“Erotic.” “Bedazzling.” “A voyeur’s delight.” “Mind-bending.” “Brilliant and sly and insane.” “Deliciously eerie.” “Wickedly wonderful.” “The show infects your dreams.” Trying to describe Sleep No More is more than just an exciting challenge. This immersive piece of theater reimagines Macbeth in Chelsea warehouses transformed to evoke a historic hotel; audience members don Venetian Carnivale-style masks and interact with the sets and performers as they move from room to room, following characters and the evolving story of intrigue, power, and murder. To say more might ruin it, so we’ll stick with: “Go. Now.”
Git Along, Little Doggie!
Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Charge into Madison Square Garden
For three days, the Professional Bull Riders return to the World’s Most Famous Arena in their 10th consecutive year of presenting “the toughest eight seconds in sports.” 35 top bull riders will compete in the “Monster Energy Buck-Off at the Garden,” the first of four “Built Ford Tough” Series Majors of 2016. PBR Elite Seats include premium seating feet from the dirt, plus a pre-show tour of the chutes and the prep process that each bull goes through, as well as a photo op with the PBR Trophy and riders and access to the ring for post-show autographs. (Don’t worry; the bulls are gone by then.)
Tony’s Darling Can Be Yours, Too: For Another Few Weeks
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Drops the Final Curtain
Four-time 2014 Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder earned nods for “Best Costume Design,” “Best Book,” “Best Director of a Musical,” and – the queen mother – “Best Musical,” but as they say, nothing gold can stay, and the show will drop its final curtain on Sunday, January 17. Tickets, while tough to come by, are still available, and are an hours-long pass to a fantastic world of music and whimsy – plus glimpses of several top Broadway stars who are about to move on to other projects, either on the Great White Way or beyond.
To Market, To Market
The Best Bites of the Boroughs at UrbanSpace Vanderbilt
New York is known for some of the most outstanding collections of food stands in the country, but this one made even natives take notice: UrbanSpace Vanderbilt pulls once-untouchable one-stops like Brooklyn’s Roberta’s pizza and the East Village’s La Palapa tacos into a space with other food-truck phenoms, such as Red Hook Lobster Pound and Sigmund’s pretzels, all steps from Grand Central Terminal. From a cup of Toby’s Estate coffee to start the day to a Greek gyro from Amali Mou for lunch to tinned seafood from Maiden Lane to take home, this is a one-stop shop for all things food.
An Illustrious Career
Matisse Gets “Graphically Passionate” in a Book Arts Exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum
Better known for his sculptures and paintings, Henri Matisse was also a prolific illustrator, contributing to almost 50 such projects across his lifetime, including layout, typography, lettering, and cover design. The Morgan Library has gathered 30 of his most artful works for this unusual exhibition, offering a rare glimpse into the passion projects of one of the world’s great creators. When you’re done, cap your visit with a meal in the Morgan Dining Room, located in the original Morgan family dining room and serving appropriately historic fare, such as fresh tagliatelle with veal and beef ragout and lemon-ricotta mousse.
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