Pynck in Town – In New York, Want to Rent an Igloo or Hang Out with a Penguin?

Pynck in Town

In New York, Want to Rent an Igloo or Hang Out with a Penguin?

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Magical, musical light show. Garment District Plaza, Broadway, between 41st St. and 36th St., NY.


It may be cold, it may be Covid, but New York keeps up. The city that never sleeps will constantly surprise you; providing lots of delightful activities, both fun and educational to all who want to participate. There’s always so much going on here. I’ve chosen a few destinations for you to enjoy now in the Big Apple.

A glimmering winter kaleidoscope has come to the Garment District with Prismatica, an immersive art installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms that reflect the colors of the rainbow. As pedestrians walk through the exhibition, the six-foot-tall, multi-colored prisms fill the plazas with reflections and musical sounds, creating an ever-changing light show.

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The stunning multi-color prisms at dusk create an enchanting street atmosphere.

Garment district. Credit:

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Credit: untappednewyork.

This exhibition brings back happy memories for anyone who worked in the garment district. We were called “garmentos,” or, as the Huffpost explains it, “manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, and designers—that rare breed of New Yorker we affectionately know as garmentos. Yes, I was a buyer for Lord & Taylor and an apparel designer for the corporate office of Saks Fifth Ave. back then and yes, I was a garmento. Want to take a free tour of the Garment District? Click here.

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Rent an igloo at Bryant Park.

Imagine your own cozy igloo, (based on the geodesic dome design), surrounded by skyscrapers, just steps from the iconic ice skating rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. What would you do in your private igloo?

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Cozy Igloo Knitting Sessions meet inside an igloo at Bryant Park.

How much does it cost and what’s on the menu when you rent an igloo?

Family Packages
1-4 guests: $200
5-8 guests: $400

  • Carafe of Hot Chocolate or Carafe of Salted Caramel Hot Apple Cider
  • Crispy French Fries with dipping sauces
  • Chicken Fingers or Hot Dogs

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Hungry for more than the basics that come with your igloo? Bryant Park vendors have so many amazing treats that make it hard to decide exactly how you want to overindulge.

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OK. I’ll have one of these please. But make it lo-cal. Bryant Park.

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Decadent crepes at Bryant Park.

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Bombolones are Nutella filled doughnuts. Bryant Park. I think I just gained 5 pounds, (2.2kg) just looking at these hedonistic desserts! Let’s go ice skating to work off some of those calories!

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Ice skating in Bryant Park Winter Village.

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Bryant Park Winter Village. The Winter Village offers family fun activities such as ice skating, iceless curling, and shopping at the outdoor markets. Bryant Park is a 9.6-acre (39,000 m2) public park located in the New York City borough of Manhattan located between Fifth Ave. and Avenue of the Americas between 49th and 42nd Streets.

Shopping? Did someone mention shopping? Let’s get these skates off and check out the shops!

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There are so many artisan and craft boutiques, jewelry, apparel and artwork shops, we better pop over to Beriqisu and grab a beautiful reusable tote to carry all of our purchases!

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Here’s the directory of all the Bryant Park shops.

OK. Time to head over to the Bronx Zoo. There’s a charming penguin I’d like you to meet.

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Meet the Magellanic penguins up close. Credit:

The Bronx Zoo’s popular “Wild Encounter” program lets you spend time with your zoo favorites. For the Private Penguin Connection, up to 6 family members can spend 30 minutes with these adorable little penguins while the penguin experts fill you in on how they are cared for. The cost: $280.00 per group of 6.

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Credit: Smithsonian

Would you rather have an up-close experience with a Cheetah? No problem. The private Cheetah Connection is a tad more expensive than penguins, but I suppose cheetahs charge more. The cost: $330.00 per group of 6.

Do you love fennecs? Then by all means, have a private Fennec Connection.

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Is it possible for any animal to be this cute? The fennec desert fox wants to meet you at the Bronx Zoo.

The cost: $280.00 per group of 6.

There are more private wild encounters to choose from; giraffes, sloths and a few mystery animals! You can visit them on your next trip to New York. We hope to see you soon!


Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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