What to do in and around New York this week
After a major blizzard there’s bound to be some cabin fever—the only cure is to get out and enjoy all this city has to offer! From avant-garde music and dinner theater to an all-you-can-eat-and-drink festival, and from a wacky, costumed shopping cart race to a comedic one-man show, this week’s offerings are particularly lively. Or, if Winter Storm Jonas left you with a taste for the snow, make like a snow bunny and hit the slopes at Mountain Creek in nearby New Jersey.
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Through January 31 | Show closing
Colin Quinn: The New York Story
This is your last chance to catch The New York Story, Colin Quinn’s one-man show directed by none other than Jerry Seinfeld. Based on his best-selling book The Coloring Book, the show highlights Quinn’s signature gruff comedic style as he tells the story of New York as he knows it. No group is spared his satirical wrath as he jokes about every stereotype, waxes poetic about the past, and is ultimately optimistic about the future of his beloved city, even if it does have a Disneyfied sheen. He does this, of course, all while gesticulating wildly and ranting around the stage, as is his way.
Times vary | Cherry Lane Theater, 38 Commerce St., New York | From $56 | website
January 29 | Dinner PARTY
There’s little chance that you’ll get bored at SUPPERCLUB: An Evening of Percussive Rhythms Paired with Culinary Compositions. This audiovisual performance, with a side of dinner, is held at Williamsburg electronic music venue Verboten. Musical group Sandbox Percussion, which puts a modern, electronic spin on chamber music, will perform on the club’s dance floor while diners are seated on the perimeter and a 270-degree wall visualizer provides additional visual stimulation. The performance will feature legendary composer Steve Reich. Note that this is a 21 and over event.
7 p.m. | Verboten, 54 N. 11th St., Brooklyn | (347) 223-4732 | website
January 30 | Eat and drink
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
It doesn’t get much better than four hours of unlimited beer, bourbon, and barbecue. Entry to this celebration of gluttony comes with a souvenir glass that can be used to sample as much of the 60 beers and 40 bourbons as you can handle. There will be whole-hog pulled pork and other Southern favorites from local restaurants and pitmasters across the country, as well as seminars, a bacon-eating contest, and more. Though there are three sessions, only tickets for the second, “whole hog pickin’” session are still available so don’t procrastinate on this one. This event is also only open to those 21 and over.
5:30–9:30 p.m. | The Tunnel, 608 W. 28th St., New York | $99 | website
January 30 | Shopping cart race
For the twelfth year running, Idiot Labs is putting their signature spin on the Alaskan iditarod (no affiliation). Instead of a dogsled race, however, participants dress in costumes and work in teams to race elaborately, outlandishly decorated shopping carts through the streets of New York. For those who would rather watch the idiocy than partake, follow Idiotarod on Twitter for day-of updates about the route. An award ceremony and afterparty will follow (awards are given for things like best design rather than speed).
12 p.m. | Location announced the day before | $5 | website
January 30–31 | Escape the city
If last weekend’s blizzard left you somehow wanting more snow, then head to Mountain Creek for an outdoor winter adventure. Just an hour-and-a-half from New York in Vernon, New Jersey, it’s the closest ski resort to the city and offers 44 trails across 167 acres. Though skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, there is also snowtubing, a zipline, two spas, and seven places to get food and drink. A day trip is totally doable (some bus companies even have dedicated service to the slopes) but should you want to make a weekend out of it, Mountain Creek has overnight accommodations, too. Try to snag a room with mountain views and a fireplace.
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.