Winter streets cloaked in white
Feast your eyes on Fifth Avenue's holiday display windows. Invest an hour in a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. Drag your sled to Pilgrim Hill or Staten Island's Clove Lake Park, or warm your bones in Central Park Zoo's Tropic Zone with sloths, mouse deer and tropical birds. Aquariums make a great first date or family outing. And every New Year's Eve, you know where the party is.
Shop the sidewalks
Splurge your way through SoHo shops like H&M and Prada for hot sales. Browse pop-up markets in spots
like Columbus Circle, Grand Central Terminal and Union Square to score one-of-a-kind finds. Or chase some Sunday bargains at GreenFlea, the oldest and largest flea market in the city with 60,000 square feet of finds.
Take to the parks
Lace up for outdoor ice skating in Bryant Park, Van
Cortland Park, Central Park and pretty much everywhere else, including Prospect Park's newly reopened Kate Wollman Rink at Lakeside Brooklyn. And don't forget that famous Rockefeller Center rink. Or simply stroll a park path. The snow monkeys, polar bears and snow leopards at Central Park Zoo are much livelier in the winter, and guides will happily point you along a Central Park Conservancy walk on themes like A View from the Past and Art of the Park.
Outdoor festivals and events
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off winter here, and Times Square famously rings in the New Year, but that's just for starters. Snowy sidewalks lead to Chinatown's Lunar New Year street party and parade, and the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade. The New York Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show is a big hit. Or watch model trains chug through a mini-NYC landscape at the Garden's Holiday Train Show, from late November till mid-February, where a quarter-mile of track runs past models of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium and dozens more landmarks.
Film & Foods
The February Film Festival has three days of screenings, panels and after parties. Coffee lovers from everywhere will enjoy the CoffeeCon Festival in March. Head into spring with the late April Bacon & Beer Classic being hosted inside Major League Baseball stadiums across America. Don't forget to make plans for the annual NYC Restaurant week - 3 course dinners for under $40 at top restaurants!