Guide to the Weekend: Best of Winter Edition

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We’ve got six more weeks of this dark and drafty season, but New York makes the best of it! Don your warmest winter gear for the city’s most exciting celebrations of the season.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

New York Comic Con

Friday 1-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Jacob K. Javits Center 655 W 34 St.

It’s time to bust out the cape – the comic convention has come to town! Panels, film screenings, discussions, and all the latest industry news promises to deliver for a fun weekend of alternate reality.

Price: $30-65


Skating Under the Stars in Prospect Park

9:30pm-midnight, Wollman Rink in Prospect Park (718) 965-6992

Spiked (and virgin) hot cocoa, retro candy, Brooklyn Lager, and other rink snacks available on the ice as you skate. Southpaw provides the soundtrack, and board games will be available inside for when you get cold. Think cozy. Very cozy.    

Price: $40, groups of four $125

2009 Arsenal Gallery Exhibit: The African-American Experience

Monday-Friday until March 5th 9am-5pm, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue inside Central Park, Third Floor of the Arsenal Building

A collection of art in honor of African-American History Month.

Price: Free!

Saturday and Sunday

International Polar Weekend

Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm

American Museum of Natural History, 79th Street and Central Park West

CU and BC (amongst others) sponsor this event that celebrates all things polar!  Check out the website for details and specific activities, but Bwog promises “joik” and throatsinging!

Price: Free with museum admission


Winter Jam NYC 2009

The list of activities speaks for itself: a 70-foot long snow flume will be available for sledding, there will be a professional snowboarding competition, and you can try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, enter a snow sculpture contest, and eat free samples from NY State farmers and producers in a Warming Hut! Oh, and live music. It will be worth the subway ride!

Price: Free!  All winter fun equipment will be provided!  

Film Series: Eyes on the Prize

Saturday 4pm, American Negro Theater Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard

Another Black History Month event that will explore the turbulent civil rights movement of the 1960s; it promises to educate and enthrall.

Price: Free!


The Chili Takedown

Sunday 4:30pm, Union Pool 484 Union Ave (718.609.0484)

Oh. Yes. It’s chili time, and there promises to be tons of it at this city-wide event.  They’re still taking entries, so if you’d like to whip up your own bowl, check out the website. Bring the Pepto, because this promises to be a doozy!

Price: Free to enter, $10 to eat & judge



  1. wow

    all of these events seem pretty awesome.

    Thanks, Bwog!!

  2. fyi  

    the chili website says they're no longer taking applicants--no more space for chili servers

  3. some  

    of the links aren't working!

  4. amnh  

    if you go to amnh, DON'T waste your money on the "ice rink". It's a "synthetic surface", aka plastic.

  5. amnh  

    is awesome! although that polar rink is boringg.

  6. CUPAL  

    and CUPAL SHOWCASE is Friday! that's tomorrow night!! at 9PM!!! formal attire!! hurray!!

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