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New York City Local Events for January 2018

Christmas is over in New York City and the Rockefeller Plaza Tree is about to come down for the rest of the year. A brisk 36 Degrees with no snow becomes the best weather one can hope for and the warm coats, scarves, and gloves have long since come out of storage. This does not mean that fun and exciting events have shut down for the year in New York City. Actually, the exact opposite is true. Gotham has hundreds of annual winter events that are part of the whole New York experience which makes the city so worldly renowned and also so bedazzlingly memorable for its visitors.

Free Days at Wave Hill 

The Wave Hill Cultural Center is offering visitor’s free admission to those who enter the center during 9 am to 12 pm every Tuesday and Saturday. Patrons can then stay all day for free until closing in order to fully explore 28-acres of incredibly beautiful gardens that overlook the Hudson River and the Palisades in the Bronx. Wave Hill House was built in 1843 and has many historic ties. President Theodore Roosevelt spent two summers there as a child and his love of nature and the great outdoors are attributed to his stay on Wave Hill. Mark Twain also once leased the house and wrote fondly of it. The historic house was struck by lightning in 1926 and was subsequently demolished. In 1960 the land was donated to the City of New York.


Cultural Center Address: West 249th Street and Independence Avenue (main entrance)
Bronx, NYC.

Tuesday Thru Sunday
9 am to 4:30 pm

Perkins Visitor Center – 9:30 am to 4 pm
Wave Hill House – 9 am to 4 pm
Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory – 10 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm
The Shop at Wave Hill – 9:30 am to 4 pm
The Cafe at Wave Hill – 10 am to 4 pm

$8 Adults
$4 Students and Seniors 65+
$2 Children 6+

Onsite: $8 per vehicle
Offsite: Free, with continuous, complimentary shuttle van service.

John Leguizamo – Latin history for morons.

John Leguizamo has extended his Broadway show through January until the end of February.  The famous Emmy Award-winning Colombian actor, comedian, voice artist, film producer, and accomplished screenwriter and playwright has acted in multiple major film hits such as classics like Carlito’s Way, Spawn, Ice, etc.

Leguizamo gives his audience a whimsical 101 style crash-course of 3,000 years of Latin history after his son gets a history assignment. John expertly uses his hilarious character roles and costuming skills to enthuse the audience, which has made him so incredibly popular over the decades. Tickets range from $35 to $114. Event Venue Address: Studio 54 – 254 W. 54th St. NYC.

Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Harlem Gospel Choir Martin Luther King Jr. Day Matinee

On January 15 the World renowned Harlem Gospel Choir will hold a magnificent tribute to the Late, Great, Martin Luther King Jr. The choir is known for traveling the globe and spreading their music of faith while raising funds for children’s charities. The famous choir has played for President Obama and President Carter, Nelson Mandela, and also two popes (John Paul II, Benedict XVI).

The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform gospel classics as they are performed in modern African-American churches around Harlem today. The performance is sure to be uplifting, inspirational, and of course emotional as the choir shares their joyous voices, hearts, and minds with the audience. The matinee tribute opens its doors at 11 am and ShowTime starts at 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 on the day of the show. Event Venue: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – 237 West 42 St. NYC.

The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will present a free admission tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Brooklyn on January 15th.

The Keynote Speaker will be Jelani Cobb, and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir will provide inspirational music. Civil leaders, activists, musicians and assorted performers will come to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and help to keep it alive, both today and in the future.

This is the thirty-second year of the NYC event and includes a full day of scheduled programs and art and a movie screening. Show Time Doors open at 10:30 am. Although the event is free, you must have a ticket in order to enter. Tickets are distributed on a first come first serve basis so make sure that you show up early. Lobby doors for tickets open up at 8 am. This event will have a sign-language interpreter available onstage.

Venue location:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

NYC Broadway Week

Broadway Week is returning this winter to New York City January 16th thru February 4th, offering patrons 2-for-1 tickets to the most popular musicals, comedies, shows, and intense theatrical dramas on Broadway. Tickets go on sale Jan. 5th and tend to sell out fast at the Broadway Week promotional price.

Ticketmaster Show Links:
AladdinCatsCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Kinky BootsLion KingWaitressWicked

The Winter Antiques Show

The Winter Antiques Show is giving New York City ten days of stunning collectible pieces for sale and show from January 19th to the 28th at Park Avenue Armory. The annual Show highlights an overwhelming display of leading art, antiques, and American design. The mammoth event hosts 70 of the World’s top specialists in fine arts. The objects on exhibit have also been thoroughly vetted by 150 experts for authenticity, ensuring buyer safety.

Net proceeds from the event will go to the charitable organization, East Side House Settlement. The charity works with local schools and community centers focusing on improving education as a key to local economic and civic opportunity in the New York City community. The programs that East Side House Settlement helps to fund range from basic literacy programs to providing technical training for better local job opportunities. General admission tickets are $25.00

Venue Location:

Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue, NYC.

Date and Time:

January 19th thru 28th

Open daily 12 pm to 8 pm

Sundays & Thursday 12 pm to 6 pm

Tuesday 12 pm to 4:30 pm

Snow Sports in the Park

For those of you who can’t get enough of that crisp January New York City Cold and Especially the Chance of Snow – Central Park will be bringing it to you on January 27th from 11 am to 3 pm by blowing-in snow in order to cover a portion of the Bandshell area of the park. Visitors to the event can catch some free skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and even snowshoeing. You can bring your own equipment or borrow some provided gear if available. Photo ID is needed in order to sign a waiver for the use of the area for sports-related purposes. Minors need to bring a legal guardian. The event is being presented by the New York City Parks Department, Lake Placid, I Love NY, I Ski NY,

The event is free for all ages, featured venues include:

  • Lake Placid Snow Field
  • Learn to Ski and Snowboard
  • Snowshoeing by REI
  • Sledding
  • Arctic Golf
  • Live Ice Sculpting

Location: Bandshell Area of Central Park – Enter at 72nd Street, NYC.

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