New York City, with its year-round activities and exciting historical sites, has something for everyone at any time of the year. It is time to fill your calendar with fresh things to do in February, from trips to the gardens and parks that will gradually bring us into the spring season to romantic dinner dates! There’s something for all of us.
This guide from SharedEasy presents the best things you will enjoy in New York this February. They include;
Restaurant Week: 2022 Winter Edition
NYC’s Restaurant Week takes place twice a year, in the summer and winter, each edition lasts roughly a month. During restaurant week, restaurants create their menus and provide prix-fixe options for brunch, lunch, and supper, and occasionally all three. But Saturdays are excluded from the offer, so standard menu prices apply.
This is one of the best eating holidays in the five boroughs of NYC. New Yorkers (and a few lucky foreigners) clear their calendars and book a table in advance at the city’s greatest special treat restaurants, newbies, and all-time favorites for deals not available for the rest of the year. Hundreds of locations across the city are taking part, including a dining hall for the very first time! It runs from 18th January to 13th February.
The Broadway Week
Because the city is not as crowded as during Christmas and Thanksgiving, even the top Broadway musicals always record low attendance in January and February, and this is truer than ever in 2022. To address this issue, the industry launched Broadway Week, a biannual, 50% discount for tickets to practically all Broadway productions. The name is a little deceptive because the period in question this year spans over a month, from 18th January to 27th February.
Black History Month
The time has come to honor the enormous accomplishments of Black and African-American people with some of the most incredible exhibits, concerts, events, and more. Some of them include;
Black Histories/Black Stories
The Paris Theater is sponsoring a film series that examines the bigger picture of racial concerns in America via highly personal, individual stories. “And these films do more than reflecting society; they modify the picture and the dialogue, affecting history via the act of storytelling,” the theater says. It runs until 23rd February.
Afrofuturism is a citywide event addressing the growing aesthetic and social movement that looks into the future via a Black cultural lens, intertwining music, art, poetry, politics, sci-fi, and technology, and it will be held at Carnegie Hall through February and March. The festival, which features more than 80 events, starts on 12th February with Flying Lotus as the first performer, it does not just include musical programming, but, talks, live performances, art shows, and online offerings from over 70 leading academic and cultural institutions throughout NYC and beyond. Concerts comprising funk, jazz, afrobeat, R&B, electronic music, hip-hop, and many more will be held at the Carnegie Hall.
Frederick Douglass’ America
Douglass’ vision is represented by a variety of artifacts and papers, including drawings from the popular newspaper of the day and collages of publications by or about Douglass produced by his sons, who also recorded his work to bring about a more equitable country. Visitors will also attend a lecture by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, one of his contemporaries, where she discusses the issue of gender equality in line with Douglass’ racial justice principles. Political cartoons and a piece of Douglass’ editorial in the Chinese American magazine about Chinese immigrants’ right to belong in the United States are also on display. The exhibit will be open from 12th February.
Chinese New Year Parade
It’s that time of year again when we usher in the new year! The traditional Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown is back, complete with dragon dancing, gorgeous dresses, martial art performances, and more. Once you’ve danced with the firecrackers, see what else there is to do in the area, like the best Chinatown karaoke or savory Chinese eateries. Make a note on your calendar for one of the top February events in NYC! The parade and festival will kick off at 1 PM on 20th February.
NYC Artists For The Bronx
A fundraiser exhibition for the victims of the devastating January 9 Bronx fire features over two dozen New York artists.
The New York Artists For The Bronx exhibit is being hosted by West Chelsea Contemporary, an art gallery that launched its New York outpost in the Chelsea district last year. The exhibition has been accessible to the public since 29th January, with a come-and-go event from 2 pm to 6 pm, and will be on display through 27th February. The gallery will give 100% of the proceeds from each piece of art towards the Bronx Fire Relief Fund.
Bumper Cars in Bryant Park
Bumper cars on ice are one of the most pleasurable things during the yearly Bryant Park Winter Village. The bumper cars will be in the park until 27th February and can be used from 2 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on weekends—so you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy the ice.
For this year’s edition, the Bank of America Winter Village has added special late-night rides to its lineup.
Don’t worry if bumper vehicles don’t appeal to you. During the winter, there are a lot of other things you can do at Bryant Park. You can relax in warm igloos, curl without ice, or watch spectacular ice choreographed dances performed by the skaters.
New Year’s Eve 2.0 By NOIR
Were you unable to enjoy New Year’s Eve how you expected? The NOIR supper club didn’t either. This is why on 11th February, it will throw a party titled “New Year’s Eve 2.0” to ring in the new year.
NOIR began as a club in December 2019 (an unfortunate time), but switched to delivery at the start of the pandemic and subsequently evolved into a supper club just so that it could continue to function in the months when food was essential to keep the doors open. New Year’s Eve 2.0 will be its next venture, as it sees an opportunity to shake things up once more.
Dancers and entertainers will perform on multiple floors, with DJs playing a mix of top 40, hip hop, and house music.
The list goes on and on as there is never a time when you have nothing to do in New York, it is also a great place to celebrate Valentine’s day with your partner. We at SharedEasy hope you have a wonderful time, cheers!