We’re not sure how it happened, either, but 2019 has arrived. The Manhattan Mini Storage blog made one New Year’s resolution: to offer you an even more diverse, creative, and exciting events guide toManhattan. From restaurant openings to under-the-radar theater, free fitness classes to niche networking events, our suggestions will assist with your New Year’s resolution to try new things, take in more culture, or simply make the most out of living in (or visiting!) the best city in the world starting now.
It may sound cliché but January really is a great month to kickstart your fitness journey. Towards that end, the JCC Free Fitness Fair has a day of classes, seminars, giveaways and more at its location on the Upper West Side (Tuesday, January 1st). Or, get your heart pumping cheering on the pros at the NY Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins game at MSG (Wednesday, January 2nd, 7pm).
The Under the Radar Festival at Joe’s Pub, part of JanArtsFest, is known as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance with artists from both the U.S. and abroad (Thursday, January 3rd through 13th). Also part of JanArtsFest is Jazz Fest NYC, celebrating 15 Years of Music, Talks & Justice (Friday, January 4th through 12th). The global arts journey continues with the Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan and East Asia at Japan Society, presenting three works from three countries – Japan, Taiwan and Korea (Friday, January 4th and Saturday, January 5th).
It wouldn’t be Manhattan culture without mentioning Broadway, and January comes with a number of notable closings. Check out these shows before they take their final bows this month: Head Over Heels, Once On This Island, and Torch Song (Sunday, January 6,th showtimes vary).
New York City may be the city that never sleeps, and it’s also
the city that never stops laughing or dancing. One of many classic venues is
Comic Strip Live where you can check out up-and-coming funny ladies and men at Monday
Night Laughs (Monday, January 7th, 8pm). Over at
Iguana NYC nightclub and restaurant, get on your feet for Salsa,
Merengue, Bachata Tuesdays (January 8th, 8pm).
January is a light month for festivals with two standouts (one an actual festival and the other, a series we’ll call a festival for the sake of continuity). In film, The New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center enters its 28th year presenting docs, narratives, and short films from around the world that explore the diverse Jewish experience (Wednesday, January 9–22). Meanwhile in Off-Broadway, don’t miss LAByrinth’s 19th Annual Barn Series, the award-winning theater company’s developmental play reading series. All readings (ten writers, ten nights, ten new plays and one surprise!) are free and open to the public at Cherry Lane Theatre, where LAByrinth is the Company in Residence (Friday, January 11th – 20th).
The second weekend 2019 is a good one to enjoy some new additions to New York’s food and beverage scene. Starbucks Reserve Roastery opened its fourth global location in Chelsea last month and at 23,000+ square feet across three floors, it is a site to behold (Saturday, January 12th). The drinks menu is far more extensive than at a regular Starbucks, so get ready to level up your “Grande two-pump skim mocha frap hold the whipped” to something off the Signature Coffee Cocktails menu (Rosso Bianco, anyone?) or one of the many Cold Brew selections (like Nitro Hopped Apricot and Nitro Pepper Jerky).
Head to Chinatown for a taste of Joe’s Steam Rice Roll. This famed Flushing, Queens import can be found at Canal Street Market serving his “Joe’s Signature” roll made of pork, beef, dry shrimp, egg and lettuce (Sunday, January 13th). Then start the new week with a toast to 2019 at Local & Vine for an evening of wine tasting, girl-bonding and discussion at this female-owned and run wine bar (Monday, January 14th, 7pm).
Mid-month arrives with Premiere Vision New York, the global textile event for north American fashion professionals featuring over 300 exhibitors selected from among the world’s top weavers, leather producers, accessories companies, designs studios and manufacturers
(Tuesday, January 15th – 16th, 9am-6pm). When it comes to fabric, we think we know which one keeps you coziest in the winter. Check out the Yarnz Cashmere Pop Up Sample Sale in Soho for reasonably priced cashmere gloves, scarves, hats, wraps and totes (Tuesday, January 15th through the 20th).
The New York Times calls the ten-day long Winter Antiques Show at The Park Avenue Armory, “…a galaxy of colliding worlds,” where “nearly every booth provides a glimpse into some areas of visual culture, from Egyptian antiquities to American folk art to postwar Italian art glass.” Notably, it is also a fundraiser for the East Side House Settlement and the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts (Friday, January 18th – 27).
The Third Annual Women’s March will meet at Columbus Circle at 11am and make herstory once again (Saturday, January 19th). On Sunday morning, try the on-ice circuit workout Exerskate at Bryant Park for 30 minutes of exercises designed by hockey and figure skaters to help improve your grace and athleticism on the ice (Sunday, January 20th).
The launch of NYC Restaurant Week and Broadway Week means you’ll be able to dine at some of the city’s best restaurants and snag 2-for-1 deals on Broadway shows (Monday, January 21st). This is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed, our first federal holiday of the year honoring the civil rights leader and inspirational icon.
January is also a time for professional development, and the New York Entrepreneurs, Startup and Business Coalition’s networking event at The Royalton is a great way to meet people across multiple industries (Tuesday, January 22nd). Seinfeld Trivia Night is back at the Bryant Park Lounge, a different way to meet people while also testing your knowledge of this classic show beyond the Elaine and George memes and GIFs you send (Wednesday, January 23rd).
Two more shows on our must-see list this month are the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s special Rose Studio Performance featuring artists on piano, violin and viola (Thursday, January 24th) and Wassabassco Burlesque at the City Winery Loft (Friday, January 25th).
For activities of a more kid-friendly variety, check out Winter Jam in Central Park, an afternoon of skiing, sledding and ice-sculpting in Central Park’s Bandshell (Saturday, January 26th) or a screening of “The Lost Arcade,” a documentary about Manhattan’s classic Chinatown Fair arcade (Sunday, January 27th). After the tree and ice skating disappear, experience Spheres VR at Rockefeller Center, an interactive 3D experience film about the cosmos narrated by Jessica Chastain and Millie Bobby Brown (Monday, January 28th).
The Whitney Art Party presented by Whitney Contemporaries is a delightful evening of cocktails, music, and exhibition viewing to benefit the Independent Study Program and other education initiatives at The Whitney (Tuesday, January 29th). If you haven’t seen the Warhol exhibit From A to B andBack Again, this is a sweet way to do it while also benefitting the cause of art education.
To close the month, we come full circle to sports and fitness! Catch the Knicks vs Dallas Mavericks at MSG (Wednesday, January 30th) and Yoga with Kiley Holliday to Benefit Achilles International at the ASICS 5th Avenue flagship (Thursday, January 31st). Enjoy… and we will see you in February!