What to do in NYC January 6 - 12

By: Sarah

Bringing you all of the interesting things to do this week in New York. I’ll cover events, comedy, theatre, arts & museums, and restaurants. Watch the video below for more details and remember to subscribe! For things to do all winter long watch my video on NYC in winter here.

Events:

Hotel Week NYC: Want to visit NYC for cheap or have a luxurious staycation for a low price? Well this is the best time of year for that because hotel week runs now through January 14. Hotel Week NYC offers incredible savings at more than a dozen hotels. The 10-day promotion features flat rates for as little as $100 per night at some of the city’s most distinguished hotels.

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Winter Jazzfest continues this week daily through January 12. It celebrates contemporary jazz music being made today.  It attracts an audience across North America and over 20 countries. On January 11 and 12 they have two marathon days where musicians will be playing from 6pm to late into the night. Tickets are $45.

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Wave Hill is offering free admission before noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays through January 29. It is a spectacular 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. It is one of the most beautiful spots in New York City. They also have fun activities here, such as winter bird watching, concerts, family art projects, and photography workshops.

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Comedy:

Mike Birbiglia’s The New One is a comedy show being performed on Broadway playing through January 20. This show is a NY Times Critic’s Pick and one of Entertainment Weekly’s top critic shows of 2018. Mike even recently went on Jimmy Fallon to talk about the show and Jimmy Fallon auditioned to be his understudy! It is well reviewed and worth seeing if you’re a comedy fan!

Theatre:

Carmen is playing at the Metropolitan opera from January 9 to February 8. This is one of the world’s most iconic opera’s and if you haven’t seen an opera yet this is a great first show! Carmen is Bizet’s classic opera about a hot-tempered Spanish gypsy woman who seduces a corporal. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world for the last 144 years.

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BroadwayCon is happening from January 11 to the 13th. It is a three-day expo where fans can meet and interact with their favorite Broadway stars. It showcases some of Broadway's newest and most exciting shows. During these three days they’ll be performances, panels, workshops, autographs, Q&As, meet-and-greets, singalongs, and more for people who love live theater.

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Art:

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel Exhibition is on display at the New Museum until January 20 only.  Over the past thirty years, Lucas has created a distinctive and provocative body of work that subverts traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and identity. In this exhibition she transformed everyday materials such as cigarettes, vegetables, and stockings into disorienting, confrontational tableaux that boldly challenge social norms. This presentation, which takes place across the three main floors of the New Museum, brings together more than 150 works in photography, sculpture, and installation to reveal the breadth and ingenuity of her practice.

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Andy Warhol— From A to B and Back Again exhibition is on display at The Whitney Museum now through March 31. This exhibition is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. It reconsiders the work of one of the most influential American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. They do tours of this exhibit every day at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

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Restaurants:

Dua Kafe - If you’re looking for brunch in the East Village, now you have another option! Dua Kafe is a new all-day Albanian cafe right by StuyTown, and they serve everything from bagels and lox to Byrek (an Albanian pastry with meat, cheese, or spinach fillings) and grilled meat platters.

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Jack’s Wife Freda - Just opened third location. This one’s on 8th Avenue in Chelsea. This is a great place for brunch too! The food here is an interesting collection of culturally specific dishes from different parts of the world, many of which will be familiar to those who know Middle Eastern or Israeli cooking. A well reviewed dish here is the green shakshuka (baked eggs in a spiced sauce).

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Bow Ramen - A new casual ramen restaurant just opened near Grand Central serving soups and small rice bowls. It’s casual-looking in here, and everything on the menu is under $15.

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