You want to start the year with a trip to New York City! It’s a good idea!
Weather forecast for January and February 2020
Temperature highs: 4°C /// 39°F
Temperature lows: -3°C /// 27°F
February tends to be milder than January and less likely to be rainy (an average of 7cm of precipitation in February). January is definitely the coldest month!!!
Since February is still very cold in New York. You have to dress accordingly with warm clothes if you don’t you will spoil your trip because of the weather. Don’t forget to pack everything in order to stay warm including: hats, gloves, scarves and long johns or tights.
The best about January – February 2020 in New York
Since the weather is cold during that time of the year, you will probably notice that the travel fares are the lowest of the year. This trend includes short term housing rentals or hotels.
As a tourist, you will also find that it’s a great time to visit NY since there are less tourists in town compared with summer months where it’s very crowded. Hence, there are less people waiting in line in touristic sites (Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building) and it’s easier to get some cheap Broadway tickets as well.
In January, it’s also sales time for a number of stores which is very interesting for shopping fans like me :)!!!
Holidays in January – February
Martin Luther King’s Day
The 3rd weekend of January is a 3 day weekend for a number of Americans and Monday is a holiday in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Some business and companies will be closed.
Do not worry, restaurants and other tourist attractions will remain open.
This year, it falls on January 20.
President’s Day falls on the 3rd Monday of February since it’s right between George Washington (February 21st) and Abraham Lincoln (February 11th) birthdays.
It’s a federal holiday in honor of previous United States’ presidents.
This year, President’s Day is celebrated on Monday February 17, 2020.
Just like Martin Luther King’s Day, a number of businesses and companies will be closed but everything regarding tourism will remain open.
Cultural events in New York in January – February
New York City Restaurant Week
At the beginning of January and February, you can dine in some of the best restaurants in NY for less by taking advantage of the New York City Restaurant Week!!!! This event started in 1992 and today more than 250 restaurant participate at this event in order to give you a sample of the New York culinary scene. Treat yourself with this experience which includes: quality, hospitality and variety. This year, the event will last 2 weeks from January 21 to February 9, 2020.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is scheduled for January 25, 2020. It is the year of the “RAT” according to the Chinese Zodiac.
The Firecracker Show will take place at Roosevelt Park on January 25, starting at 11.am (Grand & Forsyth St).
The Chinatown Lunar New Year’s Parade & Festival also known as the Chinese New Year parade along with its traditional dragons and lions will take place on February 9, 2020 at 1 pm on Mott Street and Hester Street.
Sports in January and February in New York
NBA Basketball, NHL Ice Hockey, NFL American Football:
In January and February, the NBA is in full swing!!!! If you’re a fan or don’t know anything about basketball, I strongly advise you to watch a NBA game!!! It’s a real American show where you won’t have time to get bored and you’ll also see many families enjoying the game.
To reserve, click on the team you’d would like to see:
NBA – Basketball: you can go to a Knicks and/or Brooklyn Nets game!
Superbowl is around the corner! The New York Giants and the Jets are waiting for your support! (if they make it…)
Winter means ice rink, then NHL!! Are you a Rangers or an Islanders fan!
Concerts and shows in New York in February and January 2020
New York is well-known for its shows in Broadway and concert in one of it’s typical venues, like Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center to only name a few.
The best thing you can do is to revise the calendar of events that I keep up to date on the NYCTT calendar.
If you want to search for a special artist or venue in New York, you can also visit the TicketNetwork, webpage and find out if your favorite singer will be in NYC during your stay there!
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