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Winter makes for a wine-lover’s delight in New York City! For the sixth consecutive year, the Best Buy Theater in Times Square will host New York’s Winter Wine Festival, presenting the finest in grape-based alcohol alongside exquisite hors d’oeuvres and live jazz. Each year the Festival transforms the theater into a vineyard featuring wines from all corners of the globe, talented musicians, and some of the best party food you’ll ever eat.
The New York Winter Wine Festival will take place on February 7th in two sessions, starting at 3pm and 8pm. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a brunch cruise aboard the yacht Manhattan before entering the theater for your day of wine!
Visitors to the Festival will sample over 250 fine wines, expertly curated by Vintry Fine Wines. Featured wines include Chateau Montalena, Caymus, Chateau Pichon Lalande, Antinori Tignanello, Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf Du Pape, Louis Latour, Alta Vista, Lail Georgia, Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot, Louis Roederer Cristal, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Pichon-Longueville-Lalande, Louis Jadot, and Stags Leap Wine Cellars.
To delight the palate, a selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, cheese, and breads are available to patrons of the VIP Suite and will include buckwheat belini served with American caviar, crème fraiche and chives, fois gras with cranberry compote on ficelle, tuna tartar with pickled cucumber and wasabi caviar, filet mignon with Yukon Gold potato and béarnaise sauce, and steamed vegetable dumplings with curry sauce.
Your $79 ticketed admission to the Festival includes all these delightful benefits:
• Wine: 3 hours of tasting over 250 wines at our sampling tables
• Food: Selection of hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, cheese, and breads.
• Live Music: Contemporary jazz performance by Grammy nominated Special EFX.
• Program Guide: A comprehensive listing of wines on every table.
• Wine Glass: Sip from a lovely wine glass, designed to enhance your tasting experience — yours to keep after the event!
If you’ve got a cultured palate and are planning a winter New York City vacation, the Winter Wine Festival is one event you can’t miss! Get your tickets now!
New York Theatre Ballet was founded in 1978 by its artistic director, Diana Byer. The most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States, this company truly exemplifies the refinement of New York ballet and performance art. Each year brings a new crop of talented artists into Manhattan’s Florence Gould Hall, where they delight hundreds of ever-growing audiences.
This year’s winter season is sure to dazzle all theatergoers! So come and enjoy a season of dance, featuring premiere performances, family-friendly matinee events, and more at the New York Theatre Ballet! And complement your New York City arts experience with our Lincoln Center tours, just minutes away from the NYTB theater. Here’s our New York City ballet schedule for the company’s best upcoming performances.
February 7 and 8 at 11am, 1pm and 3:30pm
Admission: Varies depends on seating
We all remember the enchanting tale of the unlikely princess and the glass slipper. Now you can see Cinderella come to life through the artistry of the New York Theatre Ballet.
A perennial audience-pleaser, Cinderella is a family-friendly 60-minute production that’s suitable for the little ones. The production is choreographed by Donald Mahler, and features costumes by Sylvia Taalson Nolan and sets by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith.
NYTB at the New York Live Arts
February 18–21 at 7:30pm
Admission: $30 adults, $15 students and seniors
NYTB meets NYLA for this very special series of premiere New York ballet performances. Merce Cunningham’s Cross Currents, Nicolo Fonte’s There, and Back Again, and Pam Tanowitz’s One Plus One are certain to delight and entertain New York City ballet aficionados. Along with their evening of premieres, NYTB also presents a revival of Keith Michael's The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies.
Dance on a Shoestring
February 27 and 28 at 7pm
Presented in the intimate setting of The Dance Gallery, Dance on a Shoestring is a community series that highlights local New York City ballet performances from NYTB's current season, coupled with works in progress by today’s established and rising choreographers, along with performances by the young dancers of Ballet School NY.
March 7 and 8 at 11am, 1pm and 3:30pm
Admission: Varies depends on seating
See your favorite characters from the classic children’s tale of Mother Goose come to life in this witty and whimsical production! The perfect shoe for the young and the young-at-heart, GOOSE! is a fun and imaginative production with convenient matinee showtimes for the whole family. GOOSE! features original choreography by Keith Michael and an original score by Marina Porchkhidze & Vladimir Shinov.
January 29–31, 2015
The Explorers Club
46 E 70th Street, Manhattan
When you think of nature, exotic animals, and the environment, you may not immediately think of New York City. The New York WILD Film Festival wants to change that. The first annual documentary film festival to focus on exploration, adventure, wildlife, and environmental preservation, the festival brings an array of films on all things wild to the world’s most urban city!
Much like the New York Jewish Film Festival and the TCM Classic Film Tour, the New York WILD Film Festival promises to be a real conversation starter. But these movie experiences won’t just entertain you—they highlight the delicate natural balance of our world, the environmental threats presented by human overpopulation and industry, and the urgent need for environmental preservation. In their own way, each of the films was created to address an environmental issue in the world today. By watching any and all of them that pique your interest, you’ll be standing up for the future of our planet.
WILD Film Festival Lineup
Just a few of the projects that grace the 2015 New York WILD Film Festival include 14.c, the story of a teenage mountain climber that could become the Tiger Woods of bouldering; 99 Elephants: Take a Stand, an unflinching look at the ivory poaching industry and its effects on elephants; and Backyard, an expose on oil and gas extraction techniques that have destroyed homes and families across the nation. You’ll also see more lighthearted fare, like more lighthearted fare, like Danny MacAskill: The Ridge (about a cyclist attempting a majorly dangerous stunt) and Touch, which gives viewers an airborne tour of Greece and France’s most stunning natural landmarks.
But these are just a few of the offerings at this inaugural film festival, and you won’t catch any of them at Tribeca or Sundance! To see everything, you’ll have to stop by the Explorers Club this weekend. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours now—before they’re extinct!
“Although the Empire State is no longer the tallest building in the world (or even in New York City),” says architectural historian John Tauranac, “it remains mythical, iconic.” Tauranac explored the building’s rich history in his 1995 book, Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, which The New Yorker has called “[an] entrancing… appreciation of the structure as a practical work of art and an exploration of the building's role in the city and the world." Within its pages, Tauranac expounds upon the highly competitive real estate boom of the 1920s, as well as the development of the skyscraper as both an architectural and artistic form.
Architecture and history fans can meet Tauranac for an informative look at his work, followed by a discussion and book signing, at the Museum of the City of New York on January 28th! Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is $25 at the door, or $15 for student, seniors, and ADSNY members. For those who have visited the Empire State Building at night or seen the New York skyline from the Empire State Building observatory by day, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about NYC’s most beloved landmark.
Perhaps the most iconic of New York City’s skyscrapers, the Empire State Building held the title of world’s tallest building from 1931 to 1973 (preceded by the Chrysler Building and succeeded by the World Trade Center). Designed by architect William Lamb, the concept was drawn up in only weeks, with excavation begun in March of 1930, as the nation struggled through the Great Depression. A total of about 3400 workers (including many Native Americans, particularly of the Mohawk tribe) worked at dizzying heights to assemble the steel frame. At times the structure rose by one story per day and was completed in only 14 months.
The unique design allowed the limestone slabs to be “hung” upon the steel frame, which sped construction. The structure also included a mooring terminal to dock airships (also known as zeppelins or dirigibles), though it was never used due to dangerously strong winds. A radio tower was added in the 1950s. For more on the tower’s storied history, be sure to check out Tauranac’s discussion at MCNY, and reserve your CitySights Empire State Building tickets now!
It’s many book lovers’ fantasy to sup with their favorite author. Now, you can do just that. From January to June, raise a glass and break some bread with today’s most renowned writers during Eat, Drink, and Be Literary, a series of book events at the Brooklyn Art Museum’s BAMcafé.
On each occasion, the night will commence with a buffet dinner, accompanied with live music, dessert, and a fine selection of wines. Immediately after the meal, the literary event will begin as the guest of honor performs a reading from their work(s) and holds a moderated discussion regarding their creative process. All attendees are welcome to ask their own questions during the discussion, and will also have the opportunity to have copies of their book signed by the author.
The events are part of a partnership between the Brooklyn Art Museum and the National Book Foundation, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The Foundation’s goal is to honor American writers whose contributions to the literary canon make writing more valuable in American culture.
This season’s authors were selected by Lorin Stein, editor of the acclaimed Paris Review, and Deborah Treisman, fiction editor at The New Yorker. The season will begin on January 27th and feature an eclectic mix of voices from around the literary world. All events begin at 6:30pm, with doors at 6, and seating is strictly first-come, first-served—no saving seats for your friends!
Discover New York City Literary Events
If that sounds a bit too intense for you, consider another New York City book event to attend, like Central Park’s “Literary Walk.” You may also want to plan a trip to the New York Historical Society Museum and Library! But if you want to meet your heroes, check out the full list of attending authors below.
Dinaw Mengestu / January 27
Acclaimed Ethiopian-born writer Dinaw Mengestu was a 2012 MacArthur genius grant recipient and one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” His most recent novel is All Our Names.
Tiphanie Yanique / March 3
Caribbean writer Tiphanie Yanique is the author of Land of Love and Drowning and the collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony. In 2010, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”
Michael Cunningham / March 11
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Snow Queen, The Hours (source of the 2002 movie starring Nicole Kidman), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall discusses his novels and prolific career.
Lydia Davis / March 18
Acclaimed short story author and translator Lydia Davis won the 2013 Man Booker International Prize and has been the recipient of a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowship. Her latest collection of short stories is Can’t and Won’t.
Chris Ware / April 21
Beloved graphic novelist Chris Ware is best known for Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories, which was named one of the 10 best books of 2012 by The New York Times.
Joseph O’Neil / April 29
Joseph O’Neill is the author of several novels including Netherland, which won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. His latest novel, The Dog, earned O’Neil a nomination for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
Jane Smiley / June 2
Smiley has written more than twenty-five books, including the novel A Thousand Acres, which won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Age of Grief, a short story collection featuring her acclaimed story “Lily.” She was most recently nominated for a 2014 National Book Award for her newest novel, Some Luck.
Rachel Kushner / June 10
Rachel Kushner is the author of Flamethrowers, which was named one of The New York Times’ best books of 2013, and Telex from Cuba. Both books were finalists for the National Book Award.
Now in its 61st year, the Winter Antiques Show remains the most prestigious antiques show in America, and features a broad and exciting range of objects—from antiquity to the mid-20th century. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the show attracts curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers. Exceptional pieces are showcased by 73 exhibitors and are available for purchase. The show offers a broad array of collectible antiques—one third representing the finest in Americana, and the remainder featuring an eclectic mix of English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts.
From 2000-year-old Roman glass through modern-era furniture, every piece at the Winter Antiques Show has been thoroughly evaluated and certified for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 160 experts from the United States and Europe. The show employs an extremely strict vetting process to ensure that all objects displayed and sold are completely authentic and of the highest quality.
Although the Winter Antiques Show Opening Night Gala has come and gone in a flurry of champagne and fine art, there’s still plenty of time for the average citizen to attend this upper-class benefit. For $25, attendees receive admission and a catalog of all pieces exhibited in the show. Even if you’re not looking to buy, this is an antiquer’s dream come true. And just by attending, you’ll be benefiting a good cause. All revenues from ticket sales go to East Side House, and contribute substantially to its private philanthropic budget. East Side House benefits educational and technical programs that help combat the effects of poverty.
The Winter Antiques Show is a great place to view centuries of art, furniture, jewelry, and other objects from around the globe in a single venue. Whether you go to buy, to meet some of the nation’s top antiques dealers, or just to browse, it’s well worth the trip! The Armory is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and is easy to reach by taxi, bus, or subway. And after you’re done, why not stop by more fun winter New York City events?
Saturday, January 24th
11am to 3pm
Central Park Bandshell (enter at 72nd Street)
It can be all too easy to fall into the winter doldrums, but never forget that winter in New York City is absolutely magical – and not only during the holidays. If you want to fall in love with winter again, you do not want to miss the fantastic Winter Jam in Central Park, an annual event spanning over more than sixty years. And don’t worry –no matter what the forecast says, there will be plenty of snow thanks to the folks at Gore Mountain, who are “loaning” snow for the day.
So what can you look forward to at the winter jam? You and your family will be able to try your hand at snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and more. Don’t worry about bringing gear – free equipment will be provided (although if you prefer your own skis and snowshoes, feel free to bring them). It is important to note, however, that attendees choosing snowboarding, snowshoeing, and taking skiing lessons must sign a waiver and provide photo ID to participate.
You can fuel up between activities at the Taste New York Winter Market featuring food from local New York farms as well as other businesses in the area. You can also cozy up to the family to watch the impressive moves of the trampoline acrobats The Skyriders. Of course, if it starts to get too chilly to stand still you can always hope on some skis and warm yourself up.
If your four-legged friends like to play in the snow too, you’ll want to check out the Iams Doggy Bowl, featuring an enclosed play area for dogs to get frisky. There will also be a “photo experience” booth for you and your dog and free grooming, trims, and clean ups from lovely folks at Camp Canine Salon and Spa. You’ll also find a “Ask the Expert” booth with canine behaviorists and nutritionists, a cafe just for you and your dog, and even prizes if you’re willing to put your dog in a football jersey!
See Central Park in a whole new way during the Winter Jam. You won’t find a better way to get out and enjoy the winter weather than this event. If you can’t get out on the day of the event, you might want to check out these great sledding spots in New York City when the weather cooperates. If indoor events are more your speed, don’t worry – New York City has plenty of perfectly warm indoor events you won’t want to miss.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
The Tunnel in Manhattan
608 West 28th Street
Noon to 9:30pm
$99 - $199
If you need a taste of the south, you need to head down to The Tunnel and enjoy everything from beer to bourbon to bacon to barbeque to bluegrass music! In this sixth annual celebration, you will really get to have a great Southern good time in the heart of New York City.
Admission includes a Souvenir Glass for bourbon tastings, food tastings from pitmasters from The Tunnel as well as other excellent New York City barbeque and Southern cuisine chefs. You can also purchase pulled pork, ribs, briskets plus fixings in large portions with low prices. There will be seminars from expert distillers, brewmasters, and pitmasters throughout the day from both New York and the deep south. Live bluegrass will play all day, and you will want to sign up for the bacon eating contest. Lastly, there will be a “Shrine of Swine” featuring pulled pork right off the pig.
Session One: The Bacon Bash Tasting
Noon to 4pm
Featuring more than ten tasting stations with gourmet bacon from all over the country as well as New York City restaurants, this session is for the bacon lover. Restaurants included are Tri Tip Grill, Daisy May’s BBQ USA, Tr3s Carnes, Bourbon Street, Route 66 Smoke House, Calvin’s Royal Rib House, Duke’s New York, and more.
Session Two: The Whole Hog Pig Pickin’
5:30pm to 9:30pm
The least expensive tasting option at $99 a person and you will receive a souvenir glass for your unlimited bourbon sampling. You will also have unlimited barbeque and pork samplings as well, featuring the same restaurants listed above as well as a few others. Bluegrass bands will fill the space with sound to help you get in the mood!
Session Three: The Grand Poobah Chicken N’ Biscuits
Noon to 9:30pm
For a full day of barbeque deliciousness along with unlimited bourbon and beer, this is the session for you. You will immerse yourself in a full day of southern-fried fun. This session also includes a special tasting soiree from 4pm to 5:30 with a master tasting class featuring six of the best fried chicken and three of the best biscuits in the country. Naturally there will be plenty of bacon, barbeque, bourbon and beer all day as well as enjoying the fabulous bluegrass music featured during the event. At $199, this is the most expensive session, but it is well worth it!
This event is timed perfectly with New York’s annual Hotel Week deals and the specials for Broadway, so if you are visiting the city you can make an excellent vacation out of this event!
New York Times Travel Show
Jacob Javits Center, Halls 3D/E
655 West 34th Street
Friday, 9am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm
Tickets $17 to $45
The Travel Show is both the largest and most well known travel show in the country as well as the longest running. Featuring five cultural stages with live performances throughout the weekend as well as experts in travel from all around the globe, you will feel like a world traveler during this event – and have the chance to plan your next trip.
What travel topics can you learn about during this jam packed weekend?
Adventure Hiking, Biking and Walking Travel
Global Travel Tips for Women
Luxury Train Travel
Medical, Wellness and Spa Vacations
Smart, Savvy and Safe Travel Tips
Top Value Family Escapes
Using Points to Maximize Your Travel Budget
Using Social Media to Make the Most of Your Vacation
Young Professionals Travel
A few of the Travel Show speakers include:
• Arabella Bowen, editor in chief of Fodor’s Travel
• Anne Dimon, Travel to Wellness publisher
• Reid Bramblett, writer and editor of ReidsGuides.com
• Monica Drake, New York Times Travel Editor
• Matt Kepnes, budget travel expert
Experts presenting at the Taste of the World pavilion include:
• Dave Arnold, founder of the Museum of Food and Drink
• Ariane Daguin, founder of D’Artagnan and James Beard Foundation award winner
• Nick Fauchald, editor of the Death & Co. cocktail book will offer drink insights.
• Ray Lampe (known as Dr. BBQ)
• Bill Yosses, former White House executive pastry chef
Friday’s events are open only to trade professionals with events running from 9am to 4:30pm, and the exhibit hall is open just for trade professionals from 2pm to 7pm. But the weekend events are open to the public.
It may be a frigid January in New York City, but tens of thousands of boating and fishing enthusiasts are already thinking about summer. With its 110-year history, the New York Boat Show is the longest running event of its kind in the U.S. and offers visitors the chance to see the latest and greatest in boating firsthand. Sponsored by Progressive® Insurance, the show is the last word in boating, featuring the latest and most exciting watercraft in the market! Whether your interest is fishing, yachting, sailing, kayaking, or speed boating, The New York Boat Show has something for you!
Hundreds of vendors are represented at the show—selling everything from watercraft to safety gear, boat trailers, navigational devices, marine electronics and engines, fishing gear, and more! You can even book trip with resorts and travel destinations. The 5-day event is a once-a-year opportunity to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest accessories all at one time!
The Antique Engines Exhibit
While you’re at the show, be sure to check out the Antique Engines Exhibit. Collected over 4 decades by the Shepherd family, this outstanding collection includes vintage outboards dating as far back as the early 1900s. Extremely rare early Waterman outboards from 1907 and 1908 will be on display (only about a dozen remain in the world). Also on display will be the only known “Knight” outboard, which was built in 1917 and sold in Riverside, Hampton Wick, England, as well as several other outboards by other manufacturers.
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center
The do-it-yourself boater will enjoy the show’s seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades. If you’re interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, Fred’s Shed will provide you with practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics, including keeping your boat shipshape, choosing and installing marine electronics, and maintaining gas engines. You’ll watch a certified marine technician and expert wrench slinger demo tools and techniques on actual boat and motor cutaways, and learn how best to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or motor. Fred’s Shed is a great way to join the discussion, ask questions, and sharpen your skills!
If you go:
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
665 West 34th Street, Manhattan
Adults 16 and older, $15
Kids 15 and under, FREE
And while you’re on the West side, check out the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum at Pier 86!