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Find out what's on in February

The weather outside may be frightful, but that won’t make New York slow down — this is a place where a blizzard is just a good excuse to cross-country ski down Broadway. And it’s easy to avoid the wintertime blues when there’s so much to see and do in every borough.

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Grand Central Terminal.

1 - 7 February

The famous Grand Central Terminal celebrates its centennial on the first day of the month with concerts, dances, presentations and very attractive 1913 prices at restaurants and shops. You can get a shoeshine for 10 cents or down a plate of clams for 13 cents each. And on the second of the month, firecrackers and dragons roar their way through Chinatown during the Chinese New Year parade and festival, welcoming in the Year of the Horse.

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Rocky.

8 – 14 February

He’s rising up and back on the street. Yes, Rocky the musical, starring Andy Karl in the role made famous by Sylvester Stallone, begins previews on Broadway this week. To celebrate Valentine’s Day at the end of the week, lovers can look to the heavens at Romance Under the Stars at the Hayden Planetarium. Champagne, chocolate and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by a guided tour of the universe with one of the Planetarium’s astronomers.

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New York Restaurant Week.

14 – 21 February

The twice-yearly New York Restaurant Week, which actually lasts closer to a month, is when many of the top restaurants in town present their affordable prix fixe menus, currently $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner.
Meanwhile, over at hipster central in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, two UK imports join forces when Scottish indie rockers Glasvegas perform at Rough Trade NY.

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Panorama of the City of New York.

22 – 28 February

The 100-year-old Russ & Daughters ‘appetizing’ shop (don’t call it a deli!) on the Lower East Side is now serving its famous lox, herring and caviar (and egg creams) at the 65-seat Russ & Daughters Café, just around the corner. Over in Queens, an overhaul by Grimshaw Architects has brought new life to the Queens Museum. The Panorama of the City of New York, a 1:1200 scale model covering more than 9,000 square feet, has pride of place in the lobby.


Find out what's on in March

Spring is teasingly close and New Yorkers know it’s time to start exploring again, from the newest restaurants to the hidden gems and unexpected events around town.

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Trendology.

1 - 8 March

Pulled from the permanent collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s museum, the 100 pieces in Trend-ology reveal how fashion trends have changed and spread over the past 250 years and how fashion is influenced by industrial, social and cultural developments.

All’onda, a new duplex restaurant near Union Square, ambitiously serves Venetian cuisine with a slight Japanese twist, plus a huge variety of sparkling Italian whites, rosés and reds.

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Neyork shops.

9 – 15 March

The Shops at 240 Kent, a hip mini-mall in Williamsburg, is retail heaven for anyone looking for local labels, affordable vintage, well-sourced global goodies and unique housewares.

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution shows the change in black animated characters after the Civil Rights era. Previously steeped in racial stereotypes, new 1960s and 70s cartoons with characters like Fat Albert and Valerie from Josie and the Pussy Cats were positive and credible.

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CAD home show.

16 – 22 March

If you want to see the latest interior design trends from appliances to artsy lighting or just get inspiration for your dream living room, scoop up some tickets to the fabulous Architectural Digest Home Design Show, on this week.

Green is the colour and Fifth Avenue is the place for the St Patrick’s Day Parade, the oldest such celebration in the world. Three million people will line the parade route to watch bagpipers, marching bands, politicians and other grandees march uptown.

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Hedwig and the Angry inch.

23 – 31 March

Village Voice Choice Eats brings chefs from some of the city’s best restaurants to serve bites and chat for one gala evening on 25 March. In addition to the food and drink, expect cooking demos and DJs.

Meanwhile, listen out for the sound of a million theatre geeks swooning as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring triple threat and America’s gay sweetheart, Neil Patrick Harris, begins previews this week.