December NYC Events (12/30/21)


Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

NYC events in January 2022

“Make the new year great by attending the best NYC events in January 2022 from concerts to new exhibitionsWritten by Shaye Weaver

Begin the new year on the right foot with our list of NYC events in January 2022 to plan your month. We’ve included the best events in January, from can’t-miss happenings to popular New York attractions. From new museum exhibits to celebrating Martin Luther King Day, check out these events and more sensational things to do in the winter.”

Here are a few of my faves:

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

open through March 6, 2022.

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will be open for shopping and food. Its 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink that’s free to use (if you bring your own skates) is the highlight, while more than 100 shopping and food kiosks are there to peruse—all at one of the best NYC parks. You can even go ice-less curling and rent an igloo to sip on warm drinks this year!

INterSECTS: Where Arthropods and Homo Sapiens Meet

  • Midtown West Jan 7-Aug 13, 2022

Award-winning graphic novelist Peter Kuper’s intricate drawings of insects—bees, ants, cicadas, butterflies, silkworms, beetles, dragonflies, and more—show them “flying, crawling, and interacting with the various rooms of the Library’s 42nd Street building, where they will be showcased. “This bug’s-eye view of the building’s Beaux-Arts architectural details illuminates the iconic spaces in a completely original way.” Kuper has been working on an upcoming graphic novel, INterSECTS, and had the chance to explore the building and its rooms while they were empty during the pandemic. It was there that he realized that the building would be a perfect vehicle for his concept.

Viewers of his work can access commentary by experts online and via QR codes, such as Jessica Ware on dragonflies, Gene Kritsky on cicadas, Michael Engel on bees, Barrett Klein on scarab beetles, and Mark W. Moffett on ants with Mexico’s leading poet/novelist, Homero Aridjis, reading his poem “A Una Mariposa Monarcha.”  The audio talks are accompanied by the insect-inspired music of David Rothenberg. All of this plus downloadable coloring book art will be available on January 7 at nypl.org/intersects.

“There are roughly 10 quintillion insects on Earth,” Kuper says. “They touch everything we do in our daily lives, our economy, our very survival. Yet most of us barely notice their existence except to swat them away. I have been fascinated with these amazing creatures my whole life, so to be able to do research at the Library investigating them and how they’ve interacted with humans over the centuries was a true passion project. To then have the opportunity to incorporate the Library’s iconic spaces into that artwork is incredibly meaningful. I hope visitors not only enjoy the images and see the Library anew, but they’ll particularly view arthropods through a new lens, and appreciate the beauty and mystery of these tiny giants that are essential to our planet and our lives.”

Under the Radar 2022

Noho Jan 12-Jan 30, 2022

The Public Theater presents edgy new works from around the world in a top-notch festival curated by Mark Russell. Back in person this year, the participating artists this year include JoAnne Akalaitis, Migguel Anggelo, Savon Bartley, Salty Brine, Inua Ellams, María Irene Fornés, Phillip Glass, Nile Harris, Miranda Haymon, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Eric Lockley, Michelle Memran, Alicia Hall Moran, Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Pascal Rambert, Mia Rovegno, Annie Saunders, Justin Elizabeth Sayre, Roger Guenveur Smith, Mariana Valencia, and Becca Wolff.

The festival will also include the return of Under the Radar + Joe’s Pub: In Concert with performances by Migguel Anggelo, Salty Brine, and Alicia Hall Moran; the INCOMING! works-in-process series featuring projects by Devised Theater Working Group artists; and the Under the Radar Professional Symposium on Thursday, January 13.

Visit the Public’s website for details about all these shows and more.

INterSECTS: Where Arthropods and Homo Sapiens Meet

  • Midtown West Jan 7-Aug 13, 2022

Award-winning graphic novelist Peter Kuper’s intricate drawings of insects—bees, ants, cicadas, butterflies, silkworms, beetles, dragonflies, and more—show them “flying, crawling, and interacting with the various rooms of the Library’s 42nd Street building, where they will be showcased. “This bug’s-eye view of the building’s Beaux-Arts architectural details illuminates the iconic spaces in a completely original way.” Kuper has been working on an upcoming graphic novel, INterSECTS, and had the chance to explore the building and its rooms while they were empty during the pandemic. It was there that he realized that the building would be a perfect vehicle for his concept.

Viewers of his work can access commentary by experts online and via QR codes, such as Jessica Ware on dragonflies, Gene Kritsky on cicadas, Michael Engel on bees, Barrett Klein on scarab beetles, and Mark W. Moffett on ants with Mexico’s leading poet/novelist, Homero Aridjis, reading his poem “A Una Mariposa Monarcha.”  The audio talks are accompanied by the insect-inspired music of David Rothenberg. All of this plus downloadable coloring book art will be available on January 7 at nypl.org/intersects.

“There are roughly 10 quintillion insects on Earth,” Kuper says. “They touch everything we do in our daily lives, our economy, our very survival. Yet most of us barely notice their existence except to swat them away. I have been fascinated with these amazing creatures my whole life, so to be able to do research at the Library investigating them and how they’ve interacted with humans over the centuries was a true passion project. To then have the opportunity to incorporate the Library’s iconic spaces into that artwork is incredibly meaningful. I hope visitors not only enjoy the images and see the Library anew, but they’ll particularly view arthropods through a new lens, and appreciate the beauty and mystery of these tiny giants that are essential to our planet and our lives.”

Winter Spa at The William Vale

  • Greenpoint – Until Mar 31, 2022

There’s no need to travel far and wide to experience a Scandinavian spa—The Willam Vale is has brought back its Winter Spa with four perfectly appointed, private, red cedar outdoor saunas and hot tubs for some cold weather self-care. Set up on the fourth floor of The William Vale, the Winter Spa lets you sweat your stress away, relax your muscles and remove toxins as you enjoy the view through the panoramic dome window, away from the frosty winter air. 

JanArtsNYC

  • Hell’s Kitchen Jan 1-Jan 31, 2022

The citywide festival JanArtsNYC, an annual presentation of amazing performances at various NYC venues, is coming back this year in a live format! Throughout the month of January, you’ll be able to catch new works in theater, dance, opera, music and more. Supported by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the festival includes PROTOTYPE, which will contain five world premieres, The Public Theater’s beloved Under the Radar Festival and the 18th Annual NYC Winter Jazzfest. Why says January’s a bad time to be in New York?

Jerry Schatzberg: 25th & Park

  • Gramercy Jan 14-Mar 5, 2022

Get a glimpse inside New York photographer and director Jerry Schatzberg’s studio from the 1960s, where he shot some extraordinary portraits of icons such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Sharon Tate, Catherine Deneuve and Carmen De Lavallade. The studio was set up in 1957 a few steps from Fotografiska at 333 Park Avenue South and became the setting for Schatzberg’s playful portraiture that “betray his unquenchable, almost maniacal search for glamour, for glimmers that elevate the geniuses of his time out of their accomplishments and into a pictorially extraordinary ordinary.”

Check out all 29 January select events right HERE.

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So many great things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

Coolest Neighborhoods in NYC: The five most exciting – TONY

New immersive experience will make you feel like you’re flying high over NYC | 6sqft

45 Things to See and Do in New York City – yahoo.com

Best Ramen in NYC: Top Ramen Shops & Noodle Places in New York City – Thrillist

An Interactive Map of NYC Filming Locations – vulture.com

The Best Halal Restaurants In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

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10 Fun Things You Don’t Want To Miss This New Year’s Weekend In NYC: Dec 31 – Jan 02

We’ve got your weekend plans ready!

Whether you’re looking for last minute NYE plans or delicious deals, we’ve got you covered!

Here are 3 of our top 10 plans we know you’ll enjoy this weekend:

1. 25 fabulous ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NYC

Ryan Rahman / Shutterstock.com

In need of some last minute ideas for how to spend your NYE in the city? Don’t stress, because we’ve put together 25 of the best ways to spend NYE in NYC, from catching fireworks to attending epic bashes. Get ready to welcome the new year with open arms and discover all the incredible things you can do in NYC this New Year’s Eve. I mean, we are the best city in America to be in to ring in the new year.

2. 70 magical things to do in NYC before New Year’s Day

Courtesy Hudson Yards

The festive spirit is palpable in every corner of the city. From must-visit restaurants to gorgeous light displays, we’ve created the ultimate list of things to do in NYC before the new year. See our full list here.

3. 10 extraordinary places you won’t believe are in New York City

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sure NYC is known for it’s many famous landmarks and monuments, but let’s not forget about some of the more unique spots located in the concrete jungle. Whether you’re looking for a cascading waterfall or an island oasis, see here for the most extraordinary places in NYC you might not have known about!

For all the rest of the Top 10 of secretnyc Fun Things You Don’t Want To Miss This New Year’s Weekend In NYC go HERE.

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