What’s on in January 2015

A short list of things to do and see in NYC this January curated by Belinda Jackson.

New Year’s Eve is always a big event in NYC and here are some of the options available:

They say that the eyes of the world are on Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight. For the best view of the evening’s entertainment and to watch the ball drop, watch it on TV. If you want to be there live, try a late booking at a restaurant in Times Square. If you decide to be part of the crowd, be warned that once you are in Times Square you will be corralled into an area and if you leave to get food or go to the bathroom you are unable to return.  About the New Year’s Eve Ball

Central Park will have fireworks, entertainment and the opportunity to participate in the traditional New Year’s Eve Central Park run. Entertainment commences at 10pm and there is a four mile run at midnight. Central Park run and Fireworks

In Brooklyn there are two great options:

Coney IslandFireworks at Coney Island

Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza – Prospect Park NYE Fireworks

For a great start to the year on New Year’s Day try:

A fresh dip in the Atlantic to start the year off strong! Join the Coney Island New Year’s Day swim with The Polar Bear club.

Afterwards why not get into some literature by attending the 41st St Mark’s Marathon Benefit Reading – on this day there will be a plethora of writers reading their works, some famous, e.g. Phillip Glass and others not so famous. The readings commence at 2pm and go until 2am. Don’t worry you don’t have to stay for the full 12 hour marathon! Read all about the history of this marathon here.

And, for the rest of the month check out the following:

Under the Radar Festival – Jan 7 to 18 – presented by the Public Theater, a collection of theater from around the world, reasonable prices and held at a range of venues.

Winter Jazz Festival – Jan 8-10 – a three day jazz festival at over ten venues throughout the city.

Outsider Art Fair – Jan 29-Feb 1 – avant-garde art at Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street

Winter Jam – Saturday January 24, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – This is the ultimate Snow Day in Manhattan at Central Park, Bandshell Area, enter at East 72nd Street. Featured Venues: Lake Placid Snow Field; Snowshoeing; Learn to Ride: Skiing and Snowboarding; Taste NY Winter Market. Equipment provided at no cost, or bring your own snow sports gear and enjoy the terrain!

Look out for discounts on Broadway shows – this is the time of year (after Jan 5) when the best bargains are available. TKTS ticket booth and look at each show’s website, or just go to the box office for the show and ask if they have discounts. There is also the Kids Night on Broadway special that is offered at this time of year, when for every full priced ticket you get a free ticket for a child under 18 years of age.

Photo credit – Inquisitr.com