curated by Sara Maher
Still trying to snap out of the holiday haze? Start the New Year off right by cleaning up, getting out, and trying something new.
Is your Christmas tree still shedding all over your living room? Not sure how to dispose of that big ol’ wreath? Bring your elderly evergreens to Prospect Park, put them through a chipper, and go home with a bag of mulch for your personal or community garden. The rest of the chips will nourish plants in parks all over the five boroughs.
⇐F downtown to Fort Hamilton Pkwy and walk east to Park Circle in Prospect Park. Sat Jan 9-Sun Jan 10, 10am-2pm. Free. Please make sure all ornaments and decorations have been removed before chipping. nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest
Take a Hike
Enjoy this warm winter weather (or a brisk walk, if it cools down by the 16th) with a Scavenger Hunt Hike! Let a NYC Parks Urban Park Ranger (real job!) show you the hidden gems of Fort Greene Park. This easy “hike” (mostly paved paths) is good for kids of all ages, so they can help each other discover nature while you unwind from the holiday havoc.
⇐F downtown to Jay St-Metro Tech and walk east on Willoughby St to Fort Greene Park; hike starts at the visitor center at the northeast corner of the park. Sat Jan 16, 1-2:30pm. All ages. Free. nycgovparks.org/events/2016/01/16/scavenger-hunt-hike-light
NYC Restaurant Week is a semiannual event that promotes fine dining at an affordable price. Enjoy a minimum of three courses at the City’s finest restaurants for a significantly reduced rate. The list of participating restaurants will be announced one week before the start of the event, but previous spots include DBGB, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, and Cipriani Wall Street. Bon appétit!
Various locations throughout Manhattan. Mon Jan 18-Fri Feb 5, lunch and dinner. $25 per person for lunch or $38 per person for dinner. Reservations recommended. List of restaurants will appear on nycgo.com/restaurant-week
Dreams and Deep Shots
If you’re unsure how to entertain the kids on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, head downtown. The Museum at Eldridge Street will teach the littler ones about the immigrants who built the Eldridge Street Synagogue and their struggle to find freedom. They will also get to hear a story, What Do You Do With an Idea?, and help make a mural inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas, speeches, and their own dreams. If you have active older kids, stay on the train to Prospect Park for a tennis lesson. The three-hour clinic focuses on specific skills, such as serving, and it’s good for both adults and kids. After you brush up on your backhand, enjoy match play (loser has to take down decorations!).
⇐Museum: F downtown to E Broadway and walk northwest to 12 Eldridge St. Mon Jan 18, 1-2:30pm. Ages 4-11. Free. RSVP recommended at eldridgestreet.org/events Tennis: F downtown to Fort Hamilton Pkwy and walk east to the Tennis Center in Prospect Park. Mon Jan 18, 1-4pm. All ages. $80 per person; preregistration required at prospectpark.org/news-events/events/2015/1/19#martin-luther-king-jr-day