Hello my name is Dylan Cohen, I’m a marketing trainee at the Roger Smith Hotel. To start off the New Year I’ve created a catalog of awesome activities to partake in around the city for the month of January to early February. It may be cold out this time of year but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out and exploring some of the curious and exciting happenings in New York City right now.
1. Super Bowl XLVIII: The MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is the host to this year’s NFL Super Bowl. This will be the first Super Bowl in 38 years to be played outside in a cold climate setting.
My recommendation for the best place to watch the game is Hudson Terrace. Although the Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, many people did not buy tickets to the big game (including myself) due to extremely high prices. If this is your situation, a great way to watch the game in NYC is at a bar called Hudson Terrace in Hell’s Kitchen. This is one of the best packages out there. For $100/person it includes an open bar that starts one hour before kick-off and doesn’t end until the games last whistle. The package also includes a complimentary cigar and food buffet, as well as a terrific rooftop view of the city.
When: February 2nd, 2014 5pm (game starts at 6:25pm) – End of game
Where: 621 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
For reservations call (212) 315-9400 or click here for the website
In the days leading up to the big game, an epic 14-block Super Bowl Boulevard is being set up along Broadway. Entry to the event is free; however riding the toboggan slide being set up on 40th Street will cost $5 a go. In addition to Super Bowl Boulevard, you should also know that The Metropolitan Museum of Art has joined in the football festivities as well.
Super Bowl Boulevard
When: January 29th – February 1st, noon – 10pm
Where: Broadway between 34th and 47th streets.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be hosting an exhibit of vintage football cards called “Gridiron Greats,” in which 150 cards printed between 1894 and 1959 will be on display. I happen to be very interested in sports history so when I heard I’d have the chance to see the first football cards ever produced I immediately set the date with a reminder in my Google Calendar.
When: January 24th – February 10th
Where: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
See the website
If you’re staying with us and need transportation to the game visit https://superbowl.clickandpark.com/#feb
2. NYC Ice Skating Rinks: As much as I like being cooped up inside all day watching reruns of Seinfeld I like to get out and do something active from time-to-time. Celebrate the cold weather with a fun trip to one of NYC’s great outdoor ice-skating rinks. I personally enjoy Central Park’s Wollman Rink, because on a clear Winter night nothing quite matches the feeling of skating across the ice with a view of the New York City skyline in the background.
When: Visit the Central Park website for more details
Ippudo: After ice skating I highly suggest you stop by Ippudo, one of the best noodle restaurants in New York City. Try a hot bowl of their famous Ramen, my favorite is the Akamaru Modern (The original pork soup noodles topped with Ippudo’s secret “Umami Dama” miso paste), it’s simply amazing.
When: Lunch: Monday to Saturday 11:00am – 3:30pm. Sundays 11:00am – 5:00pm
Tip:The evenings get a bit crowded so I would suggest going for lunch if you don’t like to wait.
Where: 321 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019
3. Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival: The facts are: beer, bourbon, whole-roasted pigs, and bluegrass music. What more could you ask for? New Yorker’s have one of the greatest, most diverse selections of restaurants in the world. However, there are some things you just won’t find in the five boroughs of our great city. In my humble opinion, one thing I have not come across is some bonafide Southern BBQ. Ever since I went to South Carolina and tried their slow cooked pulled pork, my mouth has been watering for another taste of authentic southern-style food. The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is in it’s fifth year running and we cant wait to see what our friends from the South have in store for us this year.
When: Tuesday, January 14th until Saturday, January 25th
Where: 608 W 28th St (11th & 28th)
4. Museum of Art and Design ‘Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital’: If you’re interested in the concept of 3-D printing and wanted to learn more, look no further. At The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) on Columbus Circle, you will find an amazing exhibition displaying three floors of computer-assisted art works, including prints, sculptures, and architectural renderings. I guarantee this will blow your mind. The exhibition looks at art made since 2005, incorporating several interactive projects. The president of our hotel Mr. James Knowles also happens to be a sculptor working often in bronze. Many of his works in our Starlight Room event space, Lily’s Bar and on the façade of the hotel. He has recently had a couple of works done that have been the product of 3-D printing. I’d recommend this exhibit to you Mr. Knowles, as well as myself. Working as a freelance graphic designer in my spare time, I’ve always wanted to know more about the 3-D software being used to create these works, which is why I’m looking forward to the ‘3D Printing for Sculptors’ program this Saturday at 1pm.
When: Exhibit open until June 1st
3D Printing for Sculptors
Saturday, January 18th, 2014 – 1:00pm
Where: 2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
5. Museum of the City of New York ‘City as Canvas: New York Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection’: This exhibition provides a visual journey of graffiti and street art in New York City during the 1970s and 80s. We get to see historic works from the groundbreaking collection of Martin Wong. While you may not know of Martin Wong, if you’re interested in street art, you should definitely find out because he happens to be a graffiti street-art legend. Wong stockpiled an assortment of hundreds of works on paper and canvas, which he donated to the City Museum in 1994. This exhibition showcases these works for the first time and focuses on the origins of this urban self-expression. Graffiti is an art form that I am greatly interested in because of its detachment and freedom from traditional typography. This exhibit also features examples of paintings and sketchbook work by artists including Keith Haring, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, Futura 2000, and many others.
When: Opens February 5th 2014
Where: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue 103rd Street