Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Stay warm this frigid weekend in NYC, but don’t miss out on your last chance to see some top indoor and outdoor exhibits, your first chance to buy Broadway Week two-for-one tickets, and your only chance to ride the subway in your underwear.
Here’s your free and cheap weekend update:
Closing This Weekend
Department store holiday windows generally are on display through the first weekend of the New Year, which means they’ll be closing the windows after Sunday. It’s also lights out Sunday at 9pm for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and the Origami Tree at the American Museum of Natural History unfolds until next year when the museum closes for the day on Sunday.
American Visionary: The Life and Times of John F. Kennedy – 2017 was the centennial of the birth of JFK, and this exhibit at the New York Historical Society celebrates his private and public life. Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America. No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy, from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946 and his fairy-tale wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960 and the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. He and the First Lady were popular enough to get a ticker tape parade in NYC, shown here, and part of the exhibit.
- Also popular at the New York Historical Society is the annual exhibit of vintage toys and trains, on display through February.
Mummies – This extensive exhibit at AMNH has separate sections for the mummies of Egypt and the mummies of Peru. Learn about the lives of these ancient individuals, and how scientists are using modern technology, including CT scanning, to learn their secrets.
Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection at the Morgan Library and Museum reads like Western Art History 101, with works from the 15th century to the 1970s. Artists include Fra Bartolommeo, Lucas Cranach the Elder, François Boucher, Jean-Dominique Ingres, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso and Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibition shows off Claire and Eugene Thaw’s gift in 2017 of the final 273 works from their collection of drawings, promised to the Morgan in 1975 and transferred over the years in groups.
Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme -What did explorers wear before Goretex and fleece? Travel to extreme environments is a relatively modern phenomenon. Expeditions to the North and South poles, the highest mountain peaks, the depths of the ocean, and outer space have been widely covered in the press for more than a century. But it was not until the 1960s that these endeavors began to influence fashion, and this is the first major exhibition to examine this fascinating subject. At the Museum at FIT, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., one of the NYC museums always free to visit.
Broadway Week 2-for-1 tickets – Broadway week is Jan. 16 to Feb. 4, but tickets are now on sale. Participating shows include Anastasia, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hello Dolly, School of Rock, Spongebob Square Pants and Wicked. As usual, Book of Mormon and Hamilton are not participating.
Purchase tickets through NYCGO, the city’s tourism marketing agency which offers information and deals only on paying members, using the code BWAYWK. Or, purchase tickets directly from the theater or show website, using the same BWAYWK code.
Get discount tickets to NYC theater, concerts, sports events and more year-round from NYCOTC discount ticket partner Goldstar.
Saturday in NYC
Illumination Box: Tinker with Light – This FREE family-friendly event lets hildren create their own miniature light boxes while teaching them about the environment and climate change. It’s an adjunct to the popular current exhibit Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound at the National Museum of the American Indian. The program is 1pm to 4pm, and registration is recommended to ensure space. It’s being repeated again on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Saurday and Sunday
Mulchfest 2018 –Recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips that will nourish trees and plants on NYC streets, gardens and parks at MulchFest 2018. Give your tree back to the land, instead of adding it to the landfill. There are giant chippers in NYC parks in all five boroughs waiting to munch – er mulch – your holiday tree. You can watch – it’s a great recycling lesson for the kids – and even take home a bag of chips for your own backyard garden or sidewalk tree.
No Pants Subway Ride 2018 – Arctic temperatures be damned! The first Sunday of the year is the day to take off your pants and ride the train in your skivvies. The only thing you need is a Metrocard, the ability to keep a straight face, and a willingness to be jeered for your hairy legs or knobby knees or tacky undies, with or without goosebumps. There are seven meeting points – be there by 3pm or be square. Or warm.
Astoria: Meet at Hoyt Playground
Brooklyn: Meet by the Old Stone House
Downtown Manhattan: Meet at Foley Square
Midtown Manhattan: Meet at Hudson Yards Park on 34th Street
Queens: Meet at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park
Uptown Manhattan: Meet at the Great Hill in Central Park
Williamsburg / Bushwick: Meet at Maria Hernandez Park
- Photo courtesy Improv Everywhere, which organizes and sponsors the annual event.