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What to Do in New York City in January 2022

By Emmie MurphyDec 22 2021

After the holiday rush, January can feel a little dreary. The sun sets in mid-afternoon, cold weather creeps into your bones, and the city is at its quietest. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the advent of a new year comes new possibilities. Start things off on the right note with a dash of culture, a splash of canine competition, or a side of prix-fixe goodness.

Read on for our top five picks of events happening around New York City in January.

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1. The Winter Show

Postponed due to COVID-19

There are over 300 art fairs taking place around the world each year. With so many options and an overwhelming amount of choice at each one, the Winter Show distinguishes itself through careful curation and a manageable size. This January, for the show’s 68th year, 68 fine and decorative arts exhibitors will descend upon the Park Avenue Armory for 10 days of buzzy sales. These carefully selected vendors represent longtime participants as well as newcomers that promise to bring some modern flair to this long-held tradition. The show is not just a chance to peruse fine art, antiques, and jewelry, but it’s also an opportunity to put your wallet to work for good. All proceeds from the event benefit East Side House Settlement, a non-profit organization that serves lower Manhattan and the Bronx.

J. Grassa for WKC

Postponed due to COVID-19

While hearing “the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the U.S.” may conjure up thoughts of runs batted in or touchdowns scored, it actually means wagging tails and a dog show. From January 22 through January 26, NYC will host the crème de la crème of the canine world at the Westminster Dog Show. Over these five days, thousands of champion dogs will put their best paws forward to compete for the coveted “Best in Show.” Watch the early rounds at Pier 36, or grab tickets to the final show days (January 25 and 26) at Madison Square Garden to see whom Wasabi the Pekingese will pass the top torch to.

Jati Lindsay

Postponed due to COVID-19

Over 500 musicians will grace the stage at 12 different venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn during Winter Jazzfest, a 10-day celebration of music. Big industry names and rising stars band together at this week-long festival to present the best of jazz and live musical performances. Treat yourself to hours upon hours of music at the Friday and Saturday night Jazzfest marathons, attend a “feel good” afterparty with Questlove, or just enjoy a show (or two...or three...or all nine). Tickets and additional information can be found here.

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Through January 23

Dolly Parton. Lou Reed. Keith Haring. Jane Fonda. Steven Spielberg. Robert Mapplethorpe. And more. Andy Warhol: Photo Factory at Fotografiska photography museum in Flatiron allows visitors to view not just rarely seen images and film footage by the legendary pop artist, but also offers an exploration into his creative evolution. From Warhol’s iconic polaroids and chronicles of celebrity to his more intimate photo booth strips, this exhibition is an opportunity to peek past the artist’s outward persona and glean insights into the man behind the myth. With more than 120 images on display, including 20 photographs that have never before been seen by the public, Photo Factory does the impossible: shows us something new about a larger-than-life figure we think we already know.

Trinh Minh

January 18 – February 13

Not willing to spend a month’s rent on dinner, but dying to try that restaurant everyone is talking about? Forget $30 appetizers and an entrée that costs more than a shopping spree at Bergdorf’s. NYC restaurant week has got you covered. Happening twice each year, Restaurant Week (more of a month these days), is your chance to sample all those seemingly out-of-reach hotspots. Restaurants throughout all five boroughs offer special multi-course menus at a fixed price, helping diners expand their gastronomic choices while bringing in new business. Note that not all restaurants participate in both lunch and dinner menus, and Saturdays are typically excluded. Check back here after January 11 to see which restaurants are participating and how best to snag that corner table.

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