(1) Grace Yourself.
Come see the wonder of the NYC ballet.
Winter ballet is coming… to Lincoln Center! Those looking to enjoy an elegant night on the town need look no further than the New York City Ballet’s 2015 winter season selection. This impressive array of stunning choreography is sure to captivate your senses and leave you feeling light on your feet. The excitement begins on 1/20 as Lincoln Center once again opens its doors to a vast collection of world renowned performances, including All Balanchine I and II, Hear The Dance: Russia, and All Bach. (nycballet.com)
(2) Original ‘Mad Men.’
Witness the golden era of advertising.
Get ready to meet one of the original ‘Mad Men.’ McCauley “Mac” Conner made a huge name for himself in the publishing industry, and now that work is on display for all to see. The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibition centered solely around Conner’s work. But hurry – it only lasts until Feb. 1! (1220 5th Ave.)
(3) Take It to the Bank.
Enjoy a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Talk about a building that is quite literally worth its weight in gold. The Federal Reserve Bank possesses the largest depository gold reserve found anywhere in the world, containing 7,000 tons of gold. Visitors have the opportunity to get their very own tour, learning not just about the central banking functions, but actually seeing the bank’s vault of buried treasure located five stories below street level. (newyorkfed.org)
(4) Sesame Street Takes Manhattan.
Come and play.
The wonderful Sesame Street muppets who educated and entertained you are currently taking up residence in Lincoln Center as part of the New York Public Library’s new exhibition, Somebody Come and Play. This completely free presentation runs through the entire month and shows off nearly 250 items from the famous Sesame Street collection. (10 Lincoln Center Plaza)
(5) Dinner and a Show.
The best dinner theater establishments in NYC.
You haven’t truly experienced a night on the town until you’ve partaken in one of the Big Apple’s immensely popular dinner theater adventures. Queen of the Night, a lavish and delightfully dangerous evening of drinks, dinner, and circus theatrics at The Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe, features everything from acrobat performers to mind-bending contortionists. (235 W. 46th St.)
(6) Lobby Libations.
Treat yourself to a few hotel perks.
When you’re visiting the city that never sleeps, it’s important to take some time to decompress from all the hustle and bustle. And believe it or not, all that you’re looking for can be found in your hotel lobby. Those staying at the Ace Hotel should stop by The Breslin for a little late night cocktail. Not only does this lobby bar serve a delicious house gin and tonic, but it also features a rotating schedule of curated DJs in the evenings. (16 W. 29th St.)
You’ll keep coming back for more.
It doesn’t matter how many different kinds of restaurants you’ve been to throughout the years, sometimes you’re just in the mood for a good sandwich. Carnegie Deli is considered to be a Manhattan staple, serving high-quality smoked meats that pack quite the flavorful punch. Their pastrami, corned beef, and brisket sandwiches are particularly popular, as is their world famous cheesecake. (854 7th Ave.)
(8) Historical Shopping
Stop by the oldest stores in history.
Like a fine wine, NYC’s many stores only get better with age. Brooks Brothers, for example, is considered the oldest clothing store, and yet it remains one of the most popular apparel choices for men, women, and children. From dress shirts to ties, to blazers, this retail establishment proves that classic fashions like these never go out of style. (1180 Madison Ave.)
(9) Off the Beaten Path.
The Garden like you’ve never seen it before.
Madison Square Garden is grabbing the bull by the horns quite literally by hosting the Professional Bull Riders’ Monster Energy Buck Off for its ninth consecutive year. This non-stop, adrenaline-fueled event features the Top 35 bull riders on the planet as they take on some of the fiercest bucking bulls you’ve ever seen. These guys know how to bring the pain in the most heart-pounding way possible. Performances runs from Jan. 16-18. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
(10) Gotham West Market.
Where there’s a little something for everyone.
Those who find themselves in Hell’s Kitchen should make time to pop into Gotham West Market, which features eight high quality, artisanal food vendors – each one more unique than the next. From ice cream and coffee to ramen and authentic Mexican dishes, this hidden gem of Manhattan has it all. You won’t be disappointed with the atmosphere or the food. So come one, come all, but whatever you do, make sure you come hungry. (600 11th Ave.)