Dresses, puppets and sharks: 8 cultural sites to see this winter

The holidays are over – the Christmas presents are opened, the menorah extinguished, the karamu feast consumed – but the unhappy part of the winter season shouldn’t be a drag.

Whether you love sharks, Disney entertainment, or Dior dresses, there is no shortage of must-see shows in January and February, as well as outdoor activities that can brighten up a gloomy winter day. Do not forget your vaccination record. Most museums require masks to be worn, and many use a timed ticket booth, so be sure to check opening policies and updates online beforehand.

Here are eight ideas for turning a cold Saturday in New York City into a fun extravaganza.

Until February 20; brooklynmuseum.org.

Fairytale dresses, gobs of sequins and designer Christian Dior‘s lush color palette are on display in a 22,000 square foot exhibit of his work at the Brooklyn Museum. Over 200 high-fashion garments, including dresses worn by such figures as Grace Kelly, Jennifer Lawrence and Princess Diana, mix with sketches, vintage scents and accessories in a space that looks like an enchanted garden. Look for Natalie Portman’s cape from the 2020 Oscars, which is edged with a ribbon listing the names of female directors not nominated this season.

Until April 3; mcny.org.

Punch and Judy, Oscar the Grouch and Lamb Chop are some of the top toys on display in a 2,500 square foot exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. The show even includes the portable cheetah puppet from Broadway’s “The Lion King”. But it’s not just the creations of famous masters like Jim Henson and Julie Taymor that are in the spotlight: the exhibition, which features more than 60 figures, some measuring just a few inches and others measuring 12 feet, features spotlight the puppets who traveled with the migrants to New Zealand. York from around the world.

Until August 14; amnh.org.

An exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History attempts to debunk bad rap movies like “Jaws” gave to sharks (attacks are rare, killing around 10 people a year, often when fish mistake people for seals). Nearly 30 life-size models are on display, including a shark smaller than a human hand and the 65-foot-long whale shark, which looks intimidating but only eats small creatures like plankton and krill (read : you are not on the menu).

Until February 27; imagemouvement.us.

Visitors to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens can browse 40 sketches, animated films and backgrounds from director Chuck Jones’ 1966 made-for-television animated short “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (Based on Dr Seuss’ 1957 book). The book stuck with a black, white, and red color scheme, but Jones, seemingly inspired by the color of his rental car, envisioned a mean green Grinch that would set the standard for all future adaptations.

Until March 6; metmuseum.org.

‘Inspiring Walt Disney’, a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a showcase of 150 artifacts: hand-drawn Disney sketches and concept art and film footage are displayed alongside their 18th century European decorative inspirations. century, including tapestries, furniture and clocks (Cogsworth, anyone?). Look for nods to Gothic Revival architecture in the pointed arches of Cinderella’s Castle, medieval influences on “Sleeping Beauty” and the French Rococo tableware and tapestries that the hosts have had singing and dancing in. “The beauty and the Beast”.

morrisjumel.org; vchm.org; louisarmstronghouse.org.

In Washington Heights, you can visit the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, where George Washington briefly established his headquarters during the War of Independence. Aaron Burr also lived there once, and most recently Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote two songs for “Hamilton” in the bedroom of the house.

In the Bronx, the Van Cortlandt House Museum, the rustic Georgian house of Jacobus Van Cortlandt, mayor of New York, is said to be the oldest house in the borough (the house is in the center of Van Cortlandt Park, one of the largest parks in New York).

And for jazz fans, the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens is a meticulously preserved time capsule of the former home of the trumpeter and conductor. Armstrong’s half-empty Lanvin cologne bottle is still on the dresser in the master bedroom.

Until March 6; bryantpark.org and rockefellercenter.com. Until March 31; wollmanrinknyc.com.

The Bryant Park Ice Rink, nestled among the skyscrapers, is the only one in town with free entry, though there is a skate rental fee of $ 15- $ 45 (or you can bring your own) .

If the view of the skyline is the goal, the Central Park Wollman Rink, which costs $ 14-23, plus a skate rental fee of $ 11, has been featured in movies like “Home Alone 2: Lost. in New York “and” My Sassy Girl “. Another option is the famous Rockefeller Center ice rink ($ 20 to $ 54, plus a $ 10 skate rental fee) – it really depends on your tolerance for groups of skaters taking selfies.

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