The mystery of global warming—solved! Didn’t you notice how the heat kicked back in just in time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Yes, the warming of our planet is being directed by a cabal of corporate marketing departments! But now we’re back in knit berets, artfully slung scarves and knee-high rubber boots: winter fashion will never go out of style, even if winter itself does. And speaking thereof: The Bowery continues to shed its cozy flophouse past. As if the strenuously old-school Bowery Hotel wasn’t enough, here comes a shark-fin-shaped behemoth, the Cooper Square Hotel, along with the John Varvatos men’s clothing store overtaking CBGB, and a Daniel Boulud burger joint, which may be known as DBGB. And taking this gentrification as far as it can possibly go without a Marc Jacobs store, a stack of ice cubes called the New Museum on the Bowery is feted by Calvin Klein designers Italo Zucchelli and Francisco Costa, topped off with a wave of married tourists from the West Village (Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal; Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich.) Joey Ramone, R.I.P. Later, two very different famous people hold discussions for your artistic enlightenment: Javier Bardem (hold on, whew, we need a moment here!) at a TimesTalks event, and Tina Brown at a National Hypertension Association event (oh, honey, has it really come to this?). If you’re in a tree-lighting mood, get lit and then head to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, where pink-cheeked worthies such as Nick Lachey, Natasha Bedingfield, Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood do a druid dance and worship the 84-foot Norway Spruce—which had been growing for 75 years in peaceful Shelton, Conn., before it was ripped from the earth, trucked to Dean & DeLuca, decked with expensive crystals and propped up for a month of ogling by nice people from Iowa.
[Party for the New Museum on the Bowery, 8 p.m., by invitation only; Javier Bardem: Transformation on Film, 242 West 41st Street, 8 p.m., 888-NYT-1870; Tina Brown lecture, the Racquet and Tennis Club, 370 Park Avenue, 6 p.m., 212-889-3557; Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Rockefeller Plaza, West 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, 7 p.m.]