New York City Festivals & Activities in January


A most happy 2014, guys!  Now that confetti has been thrown, champagne has been drunk, and there has been plenty of dancing on tables (we hope?!), it’s time to talk about all the great happenings in store for this month!  Here’s a few highlights you should definitely pencil into your calendar now:


No Pants On The Subway: January 12, 2014

Liven up winter by joining thousands who take a No Pants Subway Ride, as instructed on the website.

Free Days At Wave Hill: January 25-26, 2014

Enjoy free admission to Wave Hill cultural center in the Bronx and its 28 acre public garden that overlooks the Hudson River.

Chinese Firecrackers: January 31, 2014

Chinatown Lunar New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony has 600,000 rounds of firecrackers to scare away evil spirits and a festival with dancers, singers, and food vendors at Sara Roosevelt Park.


Innovative Theater Festival: January 8-19, 2014

See cutting edge theater from around the world, live and recorded, at Under the Radar.  Some have post-show talks, but always an after-party at The Public.

New York Jewish Film Festival: January 8-23, 2014

Presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this global survey of innovative and provocative movies focusing on the Jewish experience is back in 2014 for its 23rd installment.

NYC Winter Jazzfest: January 11-12, 2014

This winter jazz festival includes 70 groups performing at 6 venues in the Village.  Visit them all with a day pass.

Balkan Festival: January 17-18, 2014

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival is a music and dance festival with 70 bands on 4 stages, vendors of Balkan art and textiles, and Middle Eastern refreshments at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.


New York City Ballet Winter 2014 Season: January 21-March 2, 2014

The season at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater features two world premieres—Liam Scarlett’s New Combinations and Chief Peter Martins’ A La Française. The winter season also includes two George Balanchine full-lengths, Jewels and Copéllia, along with 20 other ballets.




Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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