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The Big Adventure on Ice! Dec 11th, 2010

Our Most Recent Big Adventure:  
Saturday, December 11th, 2010
12:30 PM  to 1:30 AM
Exploring the Frozen Side of NYC 

Adventure Schedule at a Glance

12:30 PM- Flying Puck -364 7th Avenue at 30th Street 
2:00 PM - The Polar Exhibit at The Central Park Zoo- Enter the Park at 64th & Fifth Avenue
5:00 PM - Youth Ice Hockey at Chelsea Piers – 23rd St. & 11th Ave on the Hudson
7:30 PM– Antarctica Bar- 287 Hudson at Spring St.
11:00PM – Kettle of Fish -59 Christopher St. near 7th Avenue
Late Night- The Donut Pub203 W 14th St at 7th Avenue 

The Full Details for The Big Adventure on Ice 
  Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Below is the complete itinerary of what we did on our frozen day. We slid through the city and enjoyed basking in all things ice. Shockingly enough, that did not include Ice Skating anywhere. Too easy. Too predictable. The Big Adventure is better than that.  

We invited everyone from Frosty to Val Kilmer (see Top Gun). As always, some joined for only part of the day and many stayed for the whole enchilada. We delivered on our promise to provide an event that was unique, affordable, social and distinctly NYC.  

Flying Puck – 12:30 PM -364 7th Avenue at 30th Street - We started the day with some food, booze and maybe just a touch of time in the penalty box. There is no shortage of Hockey related paraphernalia at this recently opened pub near Madison Square Garden. Bonus: rumor has it, Hall of Famer Bobby Orr tended bar along with our wonderful host Holly.

The Polar Exhibit at The Central Park Zoo –2:00 PM - $12 Admission – Enter the Park at 64th & Fifth Avenue - We learned that there are truly few things more adorable than watching Polar Bears frolic or Penguins open gifts at meal times (really). In the small but mighty Central Park Zoo, we’re enjoyed a small army of ice-loving creatures, including a pair of Polar Bears named Gus and Ida, at this New York City staple.

Youth Ice Hockey at Chelsea Piers5:00 PM - 23rd St. & 11th Ave on the Hudson - We crowded the surprsingly comfortable bleachers and cheered on our new favorite NY sports team – The New York City Cyclones—as they battled the dreaded Mariners. Forget the flashy showings (and price) of the Rangers, Islanders or Devils. These teenagers played with more heart and in a nicer space, really. Plus, we were able to reenact scenes from The Mighty Ducks. Make the Flying V!

Antarctica Bar- 7:30 PM– 287 Hudson at Spring St. - We then heading way down south…well, near the Holland Tunnel..to one of New York’s oldest and best bars. The staff at Antarctica set up a $3 Ice Shots for us along with space that came complete with top-tier jukebox, various bar accoutrements and an always colorful crowd. But the best part? The custom built Big Adventure Ice Sculpture and Luge! That thing was just plain awesome.

Kettle of Fish -11:00PM59   Christopher St. near 7th   Avenue - Our Ice theme continued to this home away home for all things from the coldest state in the lower 48: Wisconsin. Well, to be clear the people themselves were warm and engaging. This great West Village bar has, for years, been the unofficial Embassy of America’s Daily Land in New York City. When you visit, brab someone from Sheboygan and have them tell you how friggin' cold it is there. Also, for a different take on ice, we’ll showcased what we believe to be some World’s Class Diamond Bling  for all while at Kettle of Fish (the kind you can get for $5 per bag of rings) 

The Donut Pub Late Night- 203 W 14th St at 7th Avenue - Where there is Ice, there is Icing. Few things are better than a late night donut that meets pastry trifecta: freshly made, perfectly warm and smothered in the most delicious Icing this side of the North Pole. We ice-capped off our night at this small 24-hour eatery with Boston Cream, Glazed and Chocolate Iced treats.