The city sidewalks will be less-busy sidewalks this year, as New York closes parts of four streets to traffic around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall to ease congestion. The partial closures of Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, 49th Street, and 50th Street continue through Jan. 6.
That’s what’s new in midtown. What’s old is noteworthy, too, with plenty of holiday traditions that still hold up:
Speaking of old-fashioned pleasures, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta, The Mikado, will play Dec. 27-Jan. 5 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, on 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. It first was staged at London’s Savoy Theatre way, way back in 1885. (Tickets at hunter.cuny.edu/kayeplayhouse.)
And just when you’re thinking, Wait a minute, what about Hanukkah? … here comes the YI Love New York YiddishFest, from the Yiddishkayt Initiative (YI). This inaugural festival, Dec. 21-29, features a lineup of theatrical presentations, concerts, film screenings, lectures, panel discussions, and more. Tickets for all events are available online at yiddishfest.org.
Or, if family entertainment is not what you’re after, consider The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails, a musical comedy with drinks. It’s at the Producer’s Club (358 W. 44th St.) through Dec. 28. Now in its fifth year, it’s becoming a holiday tradition. (Tickets at imbible.nyc/christmas-carol-cocktails.)