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Things To Do In NYC This Winter

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Planning a trip to the Big Apple this winter? Need some ideas for things to do in NYC? We’ve got you covered!

The following is an extension of “A Winter Trip to the Big Apple.” For the full story, check out the Winter 2016 print issue.

Get in touch with your wild side at the Bronx Zoo. With 265 acres of wildlife habitat and animal exhibitions you’ll want to get an early start! Crowds thin during the winter months, yet the animals are often more active in the colder temperatures. Winter hours are from 10-4:30pm, adult ticket prices range from $29-$31 for total experience tickets. If you’re traveling during the week, visit the Bronx Zoo on Wednesday when admission is free (advance tickets required) but feel free to give a donation. Stick those hand warmers in your gloves, and feet warmers in your socks, put on that winter hat and go for it! It will be a winter experience you’ll never forget!

If you want to spend time indoors, the city offers a myriad of museums for everyone. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History (entry by donation for both) to the Museum of Modern Art/MOMA (“pay as you like” admission on Fridays after 4:30pm) and the Museum of Sex, there is something for literally everyone. A simple Google search will produce close to one hundred museums celebrating one hundred different interests! The New York Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn is housed in an antique 1930’s train station and offers tours of their vintage fleet. Some of these rail cars are over 100 years old. Call me dorky, but I think that’s pretty cool. While you’re in Brooklyn, grab a slice of pizza at Emily (or try the famous Emily burger).

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The 911 Memorial and Museum offers a place of solace and remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001. The museum houses three main exhibitions- a historical exhibition, a memorial exhibition and the Foundation Hall which houses the last column and the slurry wall that survived the attack. Film features and live talks sharing personal stories are also available to visitors. The memorial plaza is free of charge and open to the public. If you’re hungry, walk across the street to Eataly, an upscale Italian market.

NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest is January 13-22 this year and offers participants an opportunity to experience jazz from around the world. You can never go wrong with a piano bar — you never know who you might show up! Don’t Tell Mama on 46th Street offers patrons exciting performances in a cabaret setting and Marie’s Crisis, in Greenwich Village, might just be the only place in the world (besides my car when I am riding with my sister) where it’s totally acceptable to passionately belt out “One Day More” from Les Miserables with the rest of the bar patrons.

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Contributor: Laura Rennie

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