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Around NYC Today (1/1) New Year’s Day Plunge, Lord of the Rings Marathon

THINGS TO DO New Year’s Day Plunge, Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue – Brooklyn, 1pm In spite of freezing temperatures, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club will host its annual New Year’s Day Plunge. Thousands of people are expected to flock to the 114th staging of this event. Swim time is at 1pm but organizers suggest to come early. Event is free for swimmers and onlookers … Continue reading Around NYC Today (1/1) New Year’s Day Plunge, Lord of the Rings Marathon

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Around NYC Today (NYE) Times Sq. Ball Drop, BackFat Year in Review, Fireworks

Happy New Year! THINGS TO DO New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, Times Square, Dec. 31 (Sun), midnight Times Square is synonymous with New Year’s Eve. To get a good spot when fireworks explode and confetti go airborne, show up at around 3pm. You’ll need to navigate a maze of street closures and endure an outdoor version of a packed subway ride for hours. Check out … Continue reading Around NYC Today (NYE) Times Sq. Ball Drop, BackFat Year in Review, Fireworks

Around NYC Today (12/30) The Roller Wave, The Green Lady, Yardsale Comedy

THINGS TO DO The Roller Wave: Roller Disco Party, House of Yes – Brooklyn, 6pm – 10pm Glide, ride, fly, get high! Bedstuy skating rink Studio 50H transports its popular Roller Wave skate party to House of Yes for an evening of roll bouncing, boozing, and boogying. $10 general admission presale.   MUSIC Electric Feel Dance Party w/ DJ Jordan Stern, Dj Ilan, Bowery Electric … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/30) The Roller Wave, The Green Lady, Yardsale Comedy

Around NYC Today (12/29) Shakin’ All Over Party, PJs n’ DJs Party, The Office

THINGS TO DO New York Night Train Shakin’ All Over Party, Home Sweet Home – LES, 10:30pm – 4am DJ Jonathan Toubin hosts the last Shakin’ All Over party of 2017. Get ready to dance to 1950s/1960s rock n’ soul” vinyl records turning ’til the wee wee hours. $5. Free entry before 11pm. The Office Trivia, Stone Creek Bar and Lounge – Kips Bay, 8pm … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/29) Shakin’ All Over Party, PJs n’ DJs Party, The Office

Around NYC Today (12/28) Mal Blum, Good Riddance Day, Truth Serum

THINGS TO DO All Is Forgiven: A Non-Religious Comedy Show about Religion, QED – Queens, 7:30pm – 9pm Want to confess? If not, how about hearing others do it on stage? Join some of New York’s best performers and storytellers for a comedy show about how belief runs deep in everyone’s lives. Folks divulge personal anecdotes about the impact of religion on their lives. This … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/28) Mal Blum, Good Riddance Day, Truth Serum

Around NYC Today (12/27) Hot Box Comedy, Norm Westberg, Double Dutch

Dictionary Drive, Silent Barn – Brooklyn, 8pm Silent Barn is hosting a Dictionary Drive for NYC Books Through Bars two days after Christmas. You can bring dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, and atlases in good condition. Also stamps and other shipping supplies. Readings + DJ sets. $5. Double Dutch Tournament, Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center – Queens, 9:30am – 5pm Test your skills in this free Double Dutch … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/27) Hot Box Comedy, Norm Westberg, Double Dutch

Around NYC Today (12/26) Harlem Swing Dance Class, Dan+Joe+Charles Standup

THINGS TO DO Harlem Swing Dance Classes, Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center – Harlem, 7pm – 8pm An hour-long lesson on the basics of the 1930s dance style the Lindy Hop. Wear comfortable shoes and sneakers and have a bottle of water handy. Cash at the door. After class, stay to practice some more and mingle. $7. Free for 18 years old and under. RunHealthy: … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/26) Harlem Swing Dance Class, Dan+Joe+Charles Standup

Around NYC Today (12/23) Festivus Party, Side Ponytail Comedy, Holiday Concert

THINGS TO DO Festivus for the Rest of Us Party, Playwright Irish Pub – Midtown, 7pm – 11pm Air grievances and perform a feat of strength at New York Social Network’s Festivus party. Be sure to keep the tinsel away from the Festivus pole. $10. St. Veronica’s Holiday Concert, St. Veronica’s Church – West Village,  7:30pm – 10:30pm Enjoy a night of classical music performed … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/23) Festivus Party, Side Ponytail Comedy, Holiday Concert

Around NYC Today (12/22) Ugly Sweater Party, La La Land, Oculus Holiday Market

THINGS TO DO Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, Koneko – LES, 5pm – 9pm Cat café Koneko hosts an ugly sweater holiday party. Ugliest sweater wins a prize. Mulled wine, peppermint hot chocolate, homemade cookies and cute cats in abundant supply. Free. Holidays at the Highbridge, Highbridge Park – Washington Heights, 6pm – 8pm Celebrate the holidays by making ornaments, building gingerbread houses and drinking hot cocoa. … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/22) Ugly Sweater Party, La La Land, Oculus Holiday Market

Around NYC Today (12/21) The Gaits Soundscape, Silent Yoga, Happy Place

THINGS TO DO The Gaits Soundscape 2017, Gansevoort Plaza in The High Line, 5:30pm – 7pm Celebrate the winter solstice with an immersive soundwalk along the High Line. Participants become performers as footsteps get turned into sounds, creating a collective, whimsical music piece including twinkling metallic sounds, electric guitar chords, dulcimer notes, and water splashes. Inspired by Phil Kline’s annual Unsilent Night. RSVP to info@thehighline.org . … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/21) The Gaits Soundscape, Silent Yoga, Happy Place

Around NYC Today (12/20) Hack City Comedy, Tale First Anniversary, Pitchfork

THINGS TO DO Tale: Holiday Edition, KGB Bar – East Village, 9:30pm – 12:30am Storytelling podcast Tale is celebrating its first year anniversary at The Red Room. Featuring Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central), Harmon Leon (Vice, This American Life), Glen Heroy (20-year Macy’s Santa), Trish Parry (Smut Slam), Music by Tahlia Robinson (UCB), Red Room above KGB Bar – East Village, 9:30pm, $7.   MUSIC Pitchfork Presents: The Edge of ’17, Baby’s … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/20) Hack City Comedy, Tale First Anniversary, Pitchfork

Around NYC Today (12/19) Brooklyn Makers Holiday Party, Swing Night, As If!

THINGS TO DO Brooklyn Makers Holiday Party, Union Hall – Brooklyn, 7:30pm – 10:30pm Join this holiday party for “I’m my own boss” female Brooklyn makers with no office to call their own. Suggested attire is pajamas and ugly sweaters. Free. RSVP. Swing Night, Starr Bar – Brooklyn, 8pm – 1am Wear your wing-tipped shoes and flared skirts for a swing social with live music, … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/19) Brooklyn Makers Holiday Party, Swing Night, As If!

Around NYC Today (12/18) Hannukah Menorah Lighting, #ADULTING, Butterboy

THINGS TO DO Card-Making Workshop and Holiday Market, Paradise Palase – Brooklyn, 4pm – 9pm Show off your craft skills for the holiday season. Entry includes all materials needed for card-making, although you are welcome to bring anything specific you’d like to use. $5. Hannukah Menorah Lighting and Performance, World Trade Center – Lower Manhattan, 5:45pm – 7pm The Shomrim Society of the Port Authority of … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/18) Hannukah Menorah Lighting, #ADULTING, Butterboy

Around NYC Today (12/17) Cult Flea Market, Leela, Holidays in Sanatoriums

THINGS TO DO Cult Flea Market, Muchmore’s – Brooklyn, 1pm – 10pm Join over a dozen of NYC’s most far-out dealers who hocking weird wares that will satisfy even the most offbeat oddball on your Xmas list. Includes a rare cult film screening provided by film archivist/curator Gare B. Noir and Cine Noir at 8pm. LiVEART.US Holiday Party, Queens Museum, 2pm – 5pm Performance art … Continue reading Around NYC Today (12/17) Cult Flea Market, Leela, Holidays in Sanatoriums