Just when you think things might quiet down a little after a very full holiday season, you discover that New York really is the city that never sleeps. 2019 gets off to a strong start here in NYC, with lots of opportunities to soak in some culture, eat some delicious food, and even be of service to your community. Here’s a look at what’s in store for January.

New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon

(Jan 1) What better way to start the New Year than by joining “an untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility” at the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon? More than 140 poets will soothe your soul with a marathon day of readings.

Holiday Train Show

(Through Jan 21) If you didn’t have a chance to catch the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden yet, you still have time. This is a magical display of more than 175 New York landmarks on nearly a half-mile of track. Lower Manhattan is in the spotlight this year

Under the Radar

(Jan 3-13) For the past 14 years, the Public Theater has hosted Under the Radar Festival, a celebration of new and cutting-edge work from the U.S. and abroad. Past artists have included Elevator Repair Service, Gob Squad, Belarus Free Theatre, and Guillermo Calderon.

Winter Jazzfest NYC

(Jan 4-12) 2019 marks the 15th year for Winter Jazzfest. This year’s artist-in-residence is Mesehell Ndegeocello, and there will be performances by an array of artists at venues around the city. In 2015, it was voted “#1 Jazz Festival in North America” by Jazz Times Magazine.

globalFEST 2019

(Jan 6) If you love world music, then you’ll definitely love globalFEST. Considered one of the most dynamic global music festivals in North America, this event showcases both amazing artists and important non-profit service organizations. This year the festival will feature 12 artists on three stages at The Copacabana in Times Square.

The MLK National Day of Service

(Jan 19) MLK Day is a day to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the spirit of building and empowering communities, the MLK National Day of Service is an opportunity to volunteer for causes and projects that are important to you. Check the website for more details.

NYC Restaurant Week

(Jan 21 – Feb 8) It’s once again time for the twice-yearly event known as NYC Restaurant Week. More than 380 restaurants around the city will be offering two-course lunches for $26 and three-course dinners for $42. Indulge in some old favorites or try something new!

New York Times Travel Show

(Jan 25-27) Itching to get out of town? Then head to the New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center and explore more than 170 destinations. In addition, you can sample food from around the world and enjoy cultural performances.

Winter Jam

(Jan 26) Do you love winter sports? Then check out Winter Jam, a free winter sports festival happening in Central Park! Learn to ski, sled, and snowshoe on the snowfield blown in by Gore Mountain. This event is suitable for all ages.

No Pants Subway Ride

(Jan – Date TBA) Finally, no January in NYC is complete without experiencing the No Pants Subway Ride. Staged annually by Improv Everywhere, it’s billed as an “international celebration of silliness” whereby random passengers board subway cars at different stops in the middle of winter without pants. You really need to experience it in person to understand how delightfully absurd the whole thing is. Check the website in early December for the exact date.

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