Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winter Denial

Even though NYC technically had its first snowfall of the season yesterday, I'm in denial about the beginning of winter. I will miss you, Fall!

However, once winter actually starts (which, clearly, is any day now...) I will get a jump start on Time Out NY's list of 101 Things to Do in NYC in the Winter. The list is full of great looking activities, restaurants, and bars to frequent rather than hibernate, which often seems like a favorable option in the cold months. It covers all the standards (like ice skating and seeing the Rockettes), some things that are purely silly (making a hipster snowman), as well as many seasonally-appropriate cuisines and drinks to chase down. Some of my favorites on this list include:

2. Drink by the fireplace at Clover Club
Leather booths, swizzle sticks and a crackling fire make Cobble Hill's Clover Club the perfect place to take cover from winter’s abrasive winds. Order a Whiskey Sour, kick back and indulge your Don Draper fantasies. Feeling averse to the F and G trains? The flames burn in every borough: here's acomplete guide. 210 Smith St between Baltic and Butler Sts (718-855-7939,

9. Do SantaCon
On December 12, hordes of revelers dress up as variations on Santa (traditional Santa, slutty Santa, Santa dog, etc.), his wife and his little helpers, then work their way from one watering hole to the next. Join them! But note: “SantaCon is not a bar crawl—it’s a convention,” maintains the event's official website (which also advises “Don’t fuck with kids”).(

58. But don’t forget about "Tim Burton" at MoMA
Gear up for next year’s Alice in Wonderland with this career retrospective of Hollywood’s creepiest director. This exhibition and film series presents all things Burton, including his earliest childhood drawings and storyboards created during the production of Edward Scissorhands and other movies. Not to be missed: an intriguingly grotesque, untitled pen-and-ink sketch from The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9480,

92. Get drunk by the fire at Shoolbred’s
This East Village bar owes its atmosphere to co-owner and Tony–award-winning set designer William Ivey Long, who filled the cozy pub with stained-glass flourishes, an abundance of orchids, cherrywood-paneled walls and Louise Bourgeois lithographs. You’ll find low-key tipplers conversing over fresh-squeezed screwdrivers and greyhounds, made to order with an old-fashioned citrus press on the bar. 197 Second Ave between 12th and 13th Sts (212-529-0340,

In fact, last night we went to Shoolbred's, which was pretty full and so I only saw the fireplace. But, it really is very excellently decorated, and their fresh-squeezed juice is pretty great.

a delicious Greyhound, with their lovely wallpaper in the background

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