So you’re traveling for business and you've got two hours or one afternoon to spend in New York City. If you’re lucky enough to be in New York from late October to January 2, one of our best suggestions for how to spend an afternoon in New York City is to visit the Winter Village at Bryant Park.
For Travelers Who Like: Christmas, Ice Skating, Food
Where to Go: Bryant Park is located behind the main branch of the New York Public Library, on Sixth Avenue between W. 40th and W. 42nd Street. The closest subway stops are the 5th Avenue stop on the 7 train and the 42nd Street stop on the B,D,F, or M trains. See the website for the Winter Village’s daily hours.
What Makes It Special: Going to see the Christmas tree and ice skating at Rockefeller Center is the customary “Christmas in New York” ritual but don’t sleep on the Winter Village!
The tree is beautiful and the area isn’t as crowded. The Winter Village also features mouth-watering food kiosks and special activities like juggling, ping pong, and holiday karaoke. Check the website for the event and activity schedule. Best of all, the ice skating is free!
Must Try: Admission to the Winter Village’s 17,000 square foot rink is free. Skates and helmets are available to rent. If you don’t skate, you can relax and watch the skaters below from the observation deck on the second floor of the Skating Pavilion.
You can also sit rink-side and enjoy dinner from artisan food vendors like Cheesesteaks by The Truffleist and DAA!’s Russian dumplings. For dessert, our favorite sweets are WOOPS! Macarons and Cookies and Doughnuttery. Do not miss the coconut flavored Macarons. And you won’t even feel guilty eating an order of three Doughnuttery mini doughnuts which can be rolled in your choice of artisan toppings like rosemary and pistachio or dipped in special sauces like dulce de leche. Yum.