12 Reasons We’re Looking Forward to 2018

nycgo.com staff

Another New Year is upon us, which means a raft of new art shows, sporting events, concerts, theater performances and everything else that makes New York the world’s greatest city. We have a feeling 2018 is going to be the best yet in NYC. Here are a dozen reasons why:

1. The Yankees are the Yankees again. Look, we’re going to be straight with you. This correspondent is a Mets fan. But the Yankees have an important role in the baseball universe and in supporters’ hearts. So last year’s resurgence and return to the playoffs was good for New York and baseball, and this off-season’s addition of National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton—who will probably hit like 90 home runs playing his home games at Yankee Stadium—to a lineup that already features reigning American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge is, much as it pains us to say, even better. —Jonathan Zeller

Hello Dolly. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

2. Goodbye, Bette…Hello, Bernadette! Broadway legend Bernadette Peters takes over the role of nosy New York matchmaker Dolly, with Victor Garber (Alias) as her half-a-millionaire match, in Hello, Dolly!, starting January 20. —Brian Sloan

3. The High Line is getting artsier. Stay tuned for the 2018 opening of the High Line Plinth, which will add dedicated park space for contemporary public art exhibitions year-round. Of course, the new pavilion also means more seating and more city views along the ever-popular westside walkway. —Gillian Osswald

The Archer, Station to Station tour. Photograph by John Robert Rowlands. © John Robert Rowlands

4. We'll see who foresaw the intersection of culture, image and fame. More than 30 years after his death, artist Andy Warhol continues to pop up everywhere. He was a huge influence on David Bowie, so much so that the late musician, who gets a career- and genre-spanning show at the Brooklyn Museum, once wrote a song about him. Warhol and his Factory coterie were fixtures on the club scene at Max’s Kansas City, which is the subject of an exhibition at Mark Borghi Fine Art. But the artist won't have to share a single minute of the spotlight, much less 15 of them, at the Whitney’s Andy Warhol solo retrospective, which opens in November. —Andrew Rosenberg

Barclays Center. Photo: Kate Glicksberg

5. Lorde will add a touch of Melodrama. Interpretive-dance aficionado and wise-beyond-her-years songstress Lorde is undertaking a second world tour and making a one-night stop at Barclays Center this spring (April 4). If her gloriously weird VMA performance is any indication, we won’t be able to take our eyes off the stage. —GO

6. Bananarama is back. The rumors are true…Siobban Fahey is back on tour with the ladies of Bananarama, reuniting the original group for their first live shows since the late ’80s. Catch them at the PlayStation Theater on February 24. —BS

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7. NYC is still a bookish town. So we’re looking forward to 2018’s crop of new titles. On our shortlist: My Year of Rest and Relaxation, the third novel from short-story genius Ottessa Moshfegh (July 10); The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (May 1), whose previous effort, The Flamethrowers, was one of our favorites of 2013; Speak No Evil, the second novel from Beasts of No Nation author Uzodinma Iweala (March 6); and Sick, a memoir from The Last Illusion author Porochista Khakpour (June 5). No doubt the authors will pass through NYC on promo tours (perhaps at one of these independent bookstores)—we’ll be in the audience. —Jonathan Durbin


8. Daytime TV and opera will meet on Off-Broadway. This January, low culture (daytime reality staple Jerry Springer) joins forces with high (opera) in the aria-singing, insult-hurling phenomenon that is Jerry Springer: The Opera. If you’re (somehow) not on board already, know that Tony nominee Terrence Mann plays the singular Mr. Springer, and Will Swenson portrays—wait for it—Satan himself. —GO

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9. #goooooaaaaallllls! Yes, it’s disappointing the US won’t be participating in World Cup 2018—we failed to qualify. But 32 countries that don’t care a whit about our misery will be vying this June for the most prized title in soccer (and maybe all of sports), and we’ll be watching as many minutes as we can. Bars, restaurants and cafés around the City will serve as country-specific bases for both organized and impromptu parties. We’ll do a rundown of the best places to watch as soon as we can; as a primer, take a look at our recent article on sports bars. —AR

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10. After a slight delay, you can finally eat indoors with your dog. New York is a fun place to visit with your dog—but dog lovers face challenges in winter when dog-friendly outdoor dining is hard to come by (the health code means dogs are not allowed into restaurants and bars). Enter Boris and Horton, a new coffee shop and restaurant that—through the magic of a glass wall between the area where staff will prepare and serve food and the part where you can bring your dog—allows dogs to accompany their owners while they enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack. Originally slated to open in late 2017, the café is on track for a January debut. —JZ

Gaslight (1944), directed by George Cukor. Courtesy, MoMA

11. You can step into cinematic history. A few films and series we’re looking forward to include MoMA’s retrospective of Joseph Cotten’s career (January 3–February 28), which included major roles in Citizen Kane, The Third Man and Shadow of a Doubt; a weekly screening of French films featuring the country’s top actresses (January 9–March 6) at the French Institute Alliance Française; and, at the Film Forum, Hitler’s Hollywood(April 11–17), a collage of Nazi filmmaking propaganda that’s bound to be thought-provoking. —AR

Tom Green. Courtesy, The Bell House

12. It’s going to be another good year for comedy. Upcoming highlights include a full year of shows at the new Upright Citizens Brigade location in Hell’s Kitchen (fully accessible and fancier than their old Chelsea digs); Bell House gigs by Tom Green (February 8) and Demitri Martin (February 22); Union Hall sets from young SNL writing phenom Julio Torres (February 13 and 14); and Carolines headlining runs from Netflix’s Jen Kirkman (January 18–20) and HBO’s Michelle Wolf (March 8–10). Have a good time, comedy fans. —JZ