Winter is officially upon us, and January has a reputation of being cold and dreary, but New York City never fails to offer amazing events. There’s something for everyone this month, from live music to antiquing, fine dining to educational panels. No matter your resolution this year, an opportunity is available to you this January to get you started off nicely.
Winter can be a quiet time for theater-goers as new shows wait until spring to preview and open, but The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Theater Festival brings new performances to life in early January. Featuring artists from across the US and abroad, the festival highlights diverse works from many perspectives.
Stay after the shows to enjoy late night food and drinks, art, and music. Chat with old friends and new in the post-show buzz after each unique festival performance. This staple of the theater season is truly a must-attend event.
Squash Tournament of Champions – Midtown
Grand Central Station is known for its grand architecture and bustling crowds, but once a year the Vanderbilt Hall is transformed into a sports venue. A glass-walled court and bleachers go up to house the Tournament of Champions, a squash tournament dating back to 1930.
Passers-by can watch the matches for free, but tickets are available if you want a guaranteed view of the action. Top athletes from around the world enter the glass cage at this one-of-a-kind New York sporting event.
Apollo Uptown Hall: The Strategic King – Central Harlem
Begin the new year with reflection and learning at this afternoon panel of journalists, artists, and activists at the Apollo Theater. A part of the Uptown Hall series, The Strategic King engages with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, and explores his influence today. This year’s discussion will focus on Dr. King’s media and political strategy during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
Free to the public, this event is produced in partnership with WNYC, who will record and broadcast the discussion on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 20.
New York Jewish Film Festival – Lincoln Square
Make your 2020 resolution to see more films! Start the year off with an amazing selection of short films, documentaries, and features about the Jewish experience.
With over a dozen films being showcased, the Festival will have something for every moviegoer. The Festival will host New York and world premieres, so this event is not to be missed by cinephiles looking for a great new year of film.
NYC Restaurant Week – All Boroughs
Seasoned and aspiring culinary explorers alike know about Restaurant Week. Twice a year, restaurants of all sorts offer amazing meals at a fraction of the typical cost, inviting New Yorkers to branch out and try something new, or to finally visit that spot they’ve been dreaming of.
While January is past the time of holiday feasting, there is still opportunity to enjoy great meals with friends and family, and for a bargain. If you miss out this winter, you will still have another shot during the summer Restaurant Week later in the year.
January 21–February 9
New York Times Travel Show – Hudson Yards
Looking to spend more time exploring the world or learning more about other cultures in 2020? The New York Times Travel Show promises to be the biggest gathering for the travel industry and consumers in North America. Exhibitors from over 700 countries will gather for performances, talks, games, and panels all about travel.
Explore the 16 different pavilions dedicated to cruises, adventure trips, LGBTQ, and regional travel, all offering both education for upcoming travel and entertainment the day of the event. So while it may feel like you’re trapped in snowy NYC this winter, don’t miss this opportunity to let your adventurous spirit soar.
The Winter Show – Upper East Side
Once a year, the Park Avenue Armory transforms into a striking display of antiques, art, and design from across the world and across time. It takes a team of 150 experts to vet and curate the collection, which opens to the public for a week of exhibition and sale.
All proceeds from admission benefit the East Side House in the South Bronx, which supports schools and community centers in the area. Make a trip to the Upper East Side to view one-of-a-kind antiques and art pieces at an event unlike any other in the year.
January 24–February 2
Lunar New Year with the New York Phil – Lincoln Center
Chinese New Year begins on January 25, and just a few days later the New York Phil is celebrating the Year of the Rat with music from Chinese and American composers. Begin the new year with a night of firsts—two pieces will be making their US premiere!
Renowned Chinese conductor Long Yu, music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, will be conducting. This evening will surely be one to remember, and a spectacular way to end your month.
Making your New Year’s resolution a reality is easier than ever in NYC with so many events on offer, but if you’re still looking for something to do, contact one of Triplemint’s New York real estate agents. They are neighborhood experts and are always on top of local happenings. And don’t forget to tag @TriplemintRealEstate to share your winter adventures with us.