Top Ten Things To Do In January

City Ski Lodge
Skyscrapers + Snow-Capped Peaks
Dreaming of the Italian Alps on the horizon, rather than the towers of Manhattan? What about…both? A trip to Baita at Eataly, the pop- up alpine restaurant on the 14th floor of Mario Batali’s behemoth ode to the Old Country, will set you straight. The retractable roof o ers views of the skyline, while the menu is a taste of the mountains: hearty beef shanks and – giggity – the city’s first polenta bar. Heaters will keep the area feeling cozy, and on a snowy winter afternoon, what could be better than the best of the Alps and the best of New York? (Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave.)

All That Jazz
Winter Jazz Fest Scats Through the Village
What has more than 150 artists in a single day, across a multitude of legendary venues, in the heart of Greenwich Village? New York’s annual Winter Jazz Fest (1/5-1/10), of course, one of the city’s best and most dynamic ways to see old favorites or discover breakout talent. This year’s incarnation will feature a 100th birthday party for the legendary Thelonious Monk, plus two day-long marathons on Friday and Saturday showcasing more jazz performers than most people get to see in a lifetime. (Multiple Venues)

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Tennis Comes to Brooklyn…in January
Since its debut a few years back, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has hosted its fair share of power players – but until now, never power serves. The venue’s first-ever tennis event, the PowerShares QQQ Cup (1/7), will bring living legends John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and James Blake to the court while the cozy indoor environment brings New York an unlikely January tennis tourney. The grand tradition of the Davis Cup, played for the second time in Brooklyn back in August 1902, lives on. (Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)

PowerShares QQQ Cup at Barclays Center - January 7

PowerShares QQQ Cup at Barclays Center – January 7

Chicago Gets Scary
Scary Spice Takes the Windy City
As if murder weren’t frightening enough: The Spice Girls’ own Scary Spice, Mel B., will take to the boards this winter in Chicago. The international superstar will take a break from her roles as judge to America’s Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle U.K., and The X Factor in Australia to visit The Great White Way, where she debuted as Mimi in “Rent” back in 2004. Her eight- week limited run will conclude on February 19, so Spice Girls fans will want to hurry to catch her before she departs the show. (Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St.)

Sing Us a Song at MSG
“Sellin’ [Tickets] Out (Billy’s Song)”
What can we say that hasn’t been said about Billy Joel? His unprecedented residency at Madison Square Garden continues on 1/11, and for anyone fortunate enough to have snagged tickets to the previous 36 shows in this series, all that’s left to say is: GO. Joel’s energy as a performer is undiminished by more than four decades of success; to hear him play before the hometown crowd at The World’s Most Famous Arena is to really hear “Piano Man” for the first time. Brush up on the lyrics, put on your Ray Bans, and get inside if you can. (Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Let’s Dance
DWTS Live! at Radio City
Who wouldn’t want to see 24-karat star Laurie Hernandez showing off her hardware? The Olympic gold medalist and Season 23 Mirrorball Champion headlines Dancing with the Stars Live! (1/17), a national tour of the wildly popular television show. There’s nowhere better to catch every spin than New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall, where pro finalists will accompany Hernandez through ballroom and modern dances from the hit show that range from sizzling group performances to romantic duets, contemporary numbers, and original pieces. (Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave.)

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A Fighter’s Gallery of Art
Boxing and…watercolors? Believe it – like peanut butter and jelly or spaghetti and meatballs, they go together. And so do unlikely friends Muhammad Ali and LeRoy Neiman, who collaborated on both boxing and paintings over the course of their decades-long relationship, with Neiman illustrating some of the greatest moments of Ali’s career and teaching him to do the same. This exhibition Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing includes works from Neiman alongside Ali’s own, with portraits, sketches of critical matches, and more to capture the imaginations of boxing fans and art lovers alike. (New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West) 

AC2
Two Famed Talkers, in Conversation
For “deep talk and shallow tales,” nothing compares to AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (1/27). The lively tour kicks off at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre and will traverse the country – but nothing is quite as special as seeing the first performance. Tickets are extremely limited and expected to sell out well in advance of the show, so check out resale sites like StubHub to be sure you don’t miss out on this scintillating evening of chat, gossip, news, and who knows what else. (Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Weather Alert: School’s Closed!
Billed as “NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day,” the annual Central Park Winter Jam (1/28) lives up to its name. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., this cooperative event brings NYC Parks, Lake Placid, I Love NY, and I Ski NY together for a day of wintry fun. Expect sledding and snowshoeing, as well as a snow field, a tempting “Taste NYC” Winter Market, and complimentary equipment rentals, just in case you didn’t pack your skis for a weekend in The Big Apple. The fun kicks o at the Central Park Band Shell. (Central Park Band Shell, enter at 72nd St.)

Downtown Destination
Sip and Snack on Stone Street
Even on the coldest evening in January, happy hour is sure to be in full swing on Stone Street, the tough-to-find but totally worth it pedestrian alley where Wall Street goes to unwind. The cobblestoned street is closed to traffic and studded with communal tables, and the excellent bars and restaurants fairly glow with good cheer, staging a street festival every night at 5 p.m. We’re partial to mainstay Stone Street Tavern or craft beer mecca The Growler, but the truth is: on a chilly winter’s evening, you really can’t go wrong.