16 Reasons We’re Looking Forward to Winter 2019–2020

nycgo.com staff

According to our forecasters, winter 2019–20 is going to be the best ever in New York City. Why, you ask? We’ll tell you:

Westminster Dog Show. Photo: Christopher Postlewaite

1. It's the fluffiest time of year. Come February, Madison Square Garden will fill with the adorable contestants of the Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. Grab tickets to see which of the show’s very good boys and girls will be dubbed Best in Show and/or do something really cute. —Gillian Osswald

2. Tell your friend Veronica that Yo La Tengo will play eight nights of Hannukah at Bowery Ballroom, as they do every year. There’s big, brash holiday musical cheer at MSG’s Jingle Ball (Lizzo, the Jonas Brothers) and Barclays Center’s Hot for the Holidays (Khalid, H.E.R). And for something seasonal that defies easy categorization, take in A John Waters Christmas at Sony Hall. —Andrew Rosenberg

Radio City Rockettes. Courtesy, MSG

3. Yes, the holidays are on their way. The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes and the holiday window displays, two perennial favorites, are among winter’s must-see attractions. From November 8 through January 5, the Rockettes put on an inspiring, high-kicking show with scenes like “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” Visit Manhattan department stores’ glittery window displays after Thanksgiving; they’re sure to delight and dazzle. —Christina Parrella

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Courtesy, Julienne Schaer

4. Did we mention the holidays are a big deal here? In terms of scale, it’s hard to beat NYC’s holiday celebrations. Cases in point: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and two of the world’s largest Hanukkah menorahs (at two different Grand Army Plazas). Also check out the massive Times Square Ball Drop party.­ —nycgo.com staff

5. You can finally try bumper cars on ice at Bryant Park’s Frost Fest. Starting in late January, pilot these rubber cars around the big ice rink at the park’s Winter Village and partake in other indoor-outdoor activities like hanging out in an igloo, performing live-band karaoke and enjoying a silent disco. —Brian Sloan

Courtesy, Big East Conference

6. We’ve got plenty of sports. The Knicks, Nets, Islanders, Rangers, Jets and Giants continue their seasons this winter, so check out their schedules and pick a game to attend. As winter winds down, we’ll have lots of exciting college basketball—including the Big East and Atlantic 10 men’s tournaments at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, respectively. That continues into spring with the NCAA Tournament East Regional at MSG. —nycgo.com staff

7. We like comedy…so it’s a good thing we have an ample supply. The winter’s stand-up offerings include Michelle Buteau at the Bell House (December 1); the Janelle James Comedy Festival at the same venue (December 5–7); Cat Cohen at Joe’s Pub (December 6); Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson in the intimate confines of the Knitting Factory (December 7 & 8); veteran showman Sinbad at Carolines (January 2–4); and Michael Ian Black, author of the world’s most memorable piece of Billy Joel–related humor, at the Bell House (December 12). Jerry Seinfeld continues his residency at the Beacon Theatre (multiple dates December 13–March 14). And lovable sketch-comedy lunatics Tim & Eric take over Kings Theatre (February 11). —nycgo.com staff


8. We’ll find ourselves up Schitt’s Creek—on purpose. The binge- and cringeworthy Schitt’s Creek gets the pop-up treatment in NYC this December. Fans of the Rose family’s antics won’t want to miss this free event (reservations required), featuring a wall of Moira’s wigs, a recreation of the Rosebud Motel lobby and plenty more Instagrammable scenes. —GO

9. Six, dude. The bold new Broadway musical Six takes a page from the Hamilton playbook, using contemporary music to tell a historical tale—in this case, of Henry VIII’s six wives. A huge hit on London’s West End and a TikTok sensation, this show arrives on Broadway in February with an all-woman cast (and band!) featuring Abby Mueller (Beautiful) and Anna Uzele (Once on This Island). —BS

Lunar New Year Parade. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

10. We’ll race toward the Year of the Rat. The lunar calendar starts a new cycle on January 25, which means a host of parades, cultural events and festive meals taking place around the five boroughs—especially in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Queens’ Flushing and Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhoods. —AR

11. It’s going to be a melodious season. Here’s small sampling of the concerts coming to NYC: Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theatre (November 23–December 6); reunited hometown early-aughts indie rockers The Rapture at Music Hall of Williamsburg (December 3 & 4); Phish playing their now-traditional New Year’s run at MSG (December 28–31); The Strokes having a garage-rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Barclays Center (December 31); They Might Be Giants playing their classic album Flood at Bowery Ballroom (January 11, February 8 and March 14), Pomplamoose at the same venue (January 17); Snoop Dogg at Gramercy Theatre (January 22); Bob Mould at Iridium (January 29); Spin Doctors at Brooklyn Bowl (January 30); Chance the Rapper at MSG (February 8); Billie Eilish at the same arena (March 15) and then at Barclays Center (March 20); and another Billy (Joel) continuing to play the Garden once a month. —nycgo.com staff

12. Josh Groban’s got a great, big show at Radio City. If you’re looking for the ultimate Valentine’s Day date, you can’t do much better than Josh Groban’s residency at Radio City Music Hall which starts conveniently on February 14. Groban, who’s known for his soaring renditions of romantic ballads and operatic arias, promises a “great, big” show with some surprise guest stars. —BS

13. Rock ephemera will fill more space at the New York-Historical Society. An exhibition centered on concert promoter Bill Graham, the man behind the Fillmore East, also lands on Valentine’s Day. Expect lots of psychedelic-era posters and memorabilia featuring acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. —AR

14. We’ll take a space odyssey without leaving Earth. On January 18, a major exhibition exploring Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odysseyopens at the Museum of the Moving Image. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the film through the display of props, storyboards, sketches and costumes including a spacesuit and Moonwatcher ape suit. —GO

Pursuit of Fashion. Courtesy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

15. The Met Costume Institute’s got couture galore. Beginning November 27, the fashion world’s most famous couture collector, Sandy Schreier, will display her private collection at the Met Fifth Avenue. In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection will showcase roughly 80 pieces of French and American couture and ready-to-wear pieces—just a fraction of the 15,000 or so items Schreier, a fashion historian, has amassed. —CP


16. We’ll raise the steaks with Gage and Tollner’s comeback. The landmark Brooklyn restaurant, which dates to 1879, dusts off the mahogany and starts shucking oysters and grilling chops again in its old space on the Fulton Street Mall. —AR