January in New York City

by NYJ Team

From cheaper flights and hotels to discount shopping and dining, travelling to New York after the holidays is a perfect way to see the city for a fraction of the regular price. It may be windy and cold in January, but the culture and excitement of New York City is always hot!

Ice Skating in New York City
When you think about lacing up your skates and gliding around a New York City skating rink, the iconic image comes to mind of skaters circling the rink at Rockefeller Center. But if you are curious to try something different and explore other New York City skating rinks, check out the Pond at Bryant Park. As the only free outdoor skating rink in New York, the Pond is a popular winter destination nestled in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Skate rentals and lockers are available. For more information visit www.thepondatbryantpark.com.

Other outdoor venues for ice skating in New York City are located in picturesque Central Park at the Wollman Rink (east side between 62nd and 63rd Streets) and the Lasker Rink (between 106th and 108th Streets). For rates and hours of operation, visit www.centralpark.com/pages/sports/ice-skating.html.

NYC Restaurant Week
Curious about Cafe Boulud, Mesa Grill or Gramercy Tavern? NYC Restaurant Week is the best way to eat at some of the most renowned restaurants in New York City – without breaking the bank. This week of delicious dining on a dime takes place twice a year and visitors travelling to New York City in January should plan to take advantage of this wildly popular event. Participating restaurants offer a set menu for lunch and dinner at a fixed priced, typically offering customers two or three choices for each course. This event allows foodies a chance to try out some of the most talked about eateries in the city, including many helmed by celebrity chefs, at far less expensive prices

Reserving a Table During NYC Restaurant Week
For information on participating NYC Restaurant Week eateries, their special Restaurant Week menus and dates of the event, visit www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek. Call your dining destination of choice well in advance to reserve as tables book up very quickly. Reservations can also be made for several of the restaurants at Open Table, which is a free site where diners can book their reservations online. With each reservation made, points are accrued towards gift certificates at participating eateries. Visit www.opentable.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New York City
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a U.S. holiday commemorating the great civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. Each year the holiday falls on the third Monday of January, close to his birth date of January 15th. There are numerous celebrations, events and tributes organized throughout the five boroughs of New York City on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Every January, thousands of community service projects take place across the U.S. in honour of Dr. King’s teachings on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The slogan of this national day of community service is “Make it a day ON, not a day OFF” and the goal is to empower individuals to work together to strengthen their communities. For more information on how to get involved in a community service project in New York City and to learn more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, visit the official site at www.mlkday.gov.

There is plenty to see and do in New York City in January, so bundle up and enjoy!

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Where to find the hottest New Years Eve parties in NYC

by NYJ Team

New Years Eve is one of the most party filled days in the United States. There is no better place to party the night away on December 31st than New York City. The famed New Years Eve in Times Square is just one among many options for partying the night away in NYC.

Choosing from all of these options can prove to be difficult; luckily, Joonbug has made it easy for New Years party goers to explore their options. The site offers an organized way to browse some of the hottest NYC New Years events. The events range from club style settings like Touch Club to elegant event spaces such as Capitale.

With each venue several options are offered, most including VIP access. New Years Eve central gives you each venue’s event description and packages all on one site. Having all of this information in one place has made searching for the perfect New Years event a cinch. This New Years let someone else worry about where to go.