New Year’s Day is one of rejuvenation…new beginnings…oh, let’s be honest–getting rid of that flabby end result of all those chocolate Santas and fancy cocktails. So what better way to spend it than getting off your duff and moving?
Happy New Year’s Day Hike: The Shorewalkers is, a group whose mission is, “to enhance, enjoy and protect the parks, promenades and paths along the waters in and around New York City, Downstate New York and North New Jersey.” Meet at noon at the 178th St. and Broadway Port Authority Bus Terminal information booth to take a 6-mile walk that explores the shores and parks of upper Manhattan. The three to four hour walk is an all-levels hike. But if you had one too many glasses of bubbly the night before, don’t worry–there’s a chance to bail around the two-hour mark at 207th St.
JCC in Manhattan’s New Year’s Day Fitness Fair: Free exercise classes, people! The folks at JCC clearly want to get you healthy. Zumba, yoga, meditation, cycling and more. Plus TRX suspension training which sounds scary, so it must be really, really good for you, right? Located at Amsterdam and 76th St.
I’m not sure if the folks at the Polar Bear Club are healthier than us, or just crazier. But every New Year’s Day, at 1 p.m. (earlier if you’re going to participate) they gather on the boardwalk at Stillwell Ave. on Coney Island to take a frigid dip in the Atlantic. They may be a little nuts, but they’re good people: every swimmer is encouraged to donate $20 to Camp Sunshine, a charity that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. (And you can too, even if you don’t take the plunge.)
Here’s hoping everyone has a happy and healthy New Year!
New York is the go-to city in the U.S. for soaking in all genres of art, isn’t it? Sure, other places have notable art scenes, but we think that they’ll take a long time to catch up to us. Here are a few current exhibitions worth your time.
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. This exhibit is the first to focus on the breakthrough Surrealist years of the Belgian painter.
American Modern: Hopper to O’Keefe through January 26th. A fresh look at the museum’s holdings of American art made between 1925 and 1950. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs depict a rapidly changing American society in the second quarter of the century.
Kandinsky in Paris: 1934-1944. This exhibition examines work that Vasily Kandinsky produced in the last 11 years of his life, when he settled in the Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine. Through April 23rd.
Don’t forget that this is just the tip of the iceberg. New York City has hundreds of museums and galleries. Come and hang with us and explore them all.
You do not want to spend $300 on an overcooked steak, wilted salad and a glass of cheap champagne.
You do not want to watch the ball drop in Times Square, unless you’re Ryan Seacrest and getting paid handsomely to be there. Trust me. You just don’t.
You do not want to be at a party packed to the gills with people you don’t know, with nowhere to run when that creepy stranger leans in for a sloppy kiss come the stroke of midnight.
You don’t want to do any of those things or be in any of those places, right?
Let’s face it: you just want to have a delicious, hassle-free meal with the one(s) you love. So save yourself. Come ring in the New Year us! No doubt the food will be good. (Does Chef Cruz ever disappoint?) The crowd will be friendly–no creeps allowed on the premises. And the bill won’t send you to the hospital with a coronary on the very first day of 2014.
The menu specials this year will feature seared foie gras, roasted wild boar, seared venison and a classic Surf and Turf, plus a variety of oysters and clams for the shellfish lovers out there. And yes, we have champagne.
So come spend the evening with us and start the new year off right. Click here for reservations.
I don’t know about you, but snowy evenings make me crave cocktails. (So do clear ones, to be honest.) I managed to snag the recipe for one of the North Square Lounge’s tastiest winter cocktails–Take The “F” Train–to share with our blog readers, so listen and learn. Here we go:
Combine 2 oz gin, 2 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lime juice and 1/4 oz Campari. Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Then, if you want to get fancy like us, garnish with a flamed orange twist.
Christmas windows have been a huge part of the New York City holiday season for years. I distinctly remember anxiously waiting on line, then standing as high as I could on my tip-toes to peer at the Lord & Taylor windows when I was a little girl. I can’t imagine it’s much different for the kiddos these days.
Here’s a quick rundown of where to see them and the themes:
Macy’s (34th & Broadway) is a technology-heavy winter wonderland in its presentation, with an interactive element where you can change what’s happening on the screen with your movements.
The theme of Lord & Taylor (39th & 5th) windows seem much the same as when I was a kid (and this is meant as a compliment). The windows are inspired by vintage New York City, capturing the city’s history of tradition and heritage. The store aims to tell you a holiday story in each window as you walk down Fifth Avenue. And as always, Santa shows up.
The windows at Saks Fifth Avenue (51st & 5th) will depict the story of the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti, (a cute, not-at-all-scary abominable snowman) said to live on the store’s roof and make snow during the holiday season. And every evening, there’s a 3D light show that maps the holiday story onto the building’s exterior.
Bergdorf Goodman (58th & 5th) goes for the fashion jugular, featuring a “holidays on ice wonderland feast of fashion” displaying clothing from the chicest of the chic.
Barney’s (62nd & Madison) can always be counted on to out-window all the other windows. Visual artist Joanie Lemercier collaborated with Jay Z (Hova!) for four futuristic set pieces complete with incredible light shows and a mini-theater. Visitors can actually become part of the display by climbing inside the last window to take a virtual ride on Santa’s sleigh.
And, finally, the windows at Bloomingdale’s (59th & Lexington) have different county themes, like France, Italy or China. Each window features a big box that swivels around to reveal different scenes in each country.
So, technically model train shows are geared towards children, but you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them, do you? Remember Bobby Bacala on The Sopranos? (Okay, I know it didn’t end well, but still…)
This yearly event is truly fun for everyone. There are more than a dozen large-scale model railway trains–from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains and trolleys.
The scenery that the trains pass through include waterfalls, rustic bridges and tunnels, plus local landmarks like the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Oh–and Thomas the Tank Engine will be there. Score!! Who doesn’t love Thomas?
The show runs daily through January 12th (except for Christmas day) and it’s just a short train ride from Grand Central to get there. It’s probably smart to purchase your tickets ahead of time, due to its popularity.
So check this out. The attention to detail is mind-blowing. I mean, how amazing is this:
Tonight is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. This 75-year-old, 76-foot spruce from Shelton CT will be illuminated by 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a 9 ½-foot-wide Swarovski star.
Of course there will be stars of another sort performing–Mary J. Blige (love her!), Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson, to name a few.
FYI, the first Christmas tree was set up in 1931 by workers who were building Rockefeller Center. The first tree-lighting ceremony ceremony was held in 1933, 80 years ago.
If you can’t get there–or hate crowds–NBC is broadcasting the event starting at 8 p.m., so be sure to tune in if you don’t want to miss the action.
Never to be outdone, we Village folk are having our own tree lighting here in Washington Square Park on December 11th from 5 to 6 p.m. under the arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will play holiday songs–and children and grown-ups alike are encouraged to raise their voices and join in. (And no, you don’t have to be a good singer. Trust me. I know from experience.)
Oh, and Rock Center may have Kelly Clarkson, but we’ll have Santa Claus, people! (Now tell me who has the bigger star?) So come on down, give Santa your list, and stop by for a drink!
And finally, if you can’t make it to any of the above ceremonies, the Metropolitan Museum of Art conducts a tree lighting ceremony every Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.
So there you have it. We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far!