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10 New Years Activities In NYC

10 New Years Activities In NYC

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Updated: 8 January 2017
New York is truly unique in welcoming in January. One of the most diverse cities in the world, New York offers a vast variety of ways to ring in the New Year. From over the top firework displays to simply staying in, no other city does it quite like New York.


Fireworks | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Fireworks | © Ms. Vitri Photos


Nothing symbolizes a new year quite like fireworks. Head outside to DUMBO, Roosevelt Island or Grand Army Plaza to see fireworks over Manhattan or Park Slope. The sparkling displays come alive at midnight.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, 1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, NY, USA +1 212 204 8831

Times Square | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Times Square | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Ball Drop

The Times Square ball drop has become a prominent part of New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City. Each year, the ball descends 141 feet in 60 seconds down a flagpole, beginning at 11:59 p.m, and resting at midnight to highlight the start of the new year. Over the last few years, the ball drop has been preceded by live performances by various entertainers.

Times Square, New York, NY, USA

Manhattan Bridge | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Manhattan Bridge | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Celebrate from the New York Harbor

Over the last few years, boat cruises along the Hudson and East Rivers have become a staple New Year’s Eve activity in New York. Boats depart from various piers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. They sail along the rivers as patrons dine and enjoy the beautifully-lit cityscape of Manhattan, the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Verrazano Bridge.

Museum of Natural History | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Museum of Natural History | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Head to the Museum

Touring a museum is an extraordinary way to begin the new year. With several traveling or special exhibits, there is always something new to see. Visit the Picasso Sculpture at the Museum of Modern of Art, or hop over to the family-friend exhibit on Pixar at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum or the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History, or be fascinated at the Internet Cats display at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 849 8400

Holiday Market | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Holiday Market | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Explore the Markets

Some markets remain open post-Christmas. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park’s Winter Village remain open until January 3rd, 2016 and include an excess of 125 boutique-like shops offering stellar gift ideas and food. The Smorgasburg Holiday Market in Brooklyn is one of the best flea markets with over 150 vendors known for antiques, art and food.

Winter Village at Bryant Park, 31 West 40th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 661 6640

Saks Fifth Avenue | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Saks Fifth Avenue | © Ms. Vitri Photos

Holiday Lights Tour

Christmas may be over, but you can still enjoy amazing synchronized light displays, and beautifully decorated windows because no other place lights up as Midtown Manhattan. Begin your tour at Lord and Taylor, and head north along Fifth Avenue towards Bergdorf Goodman.

Lord and Taylor, 424 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 391 3344

Meditate and Reflect

Reflect in silence, eat sumptuous delicious vegan food, dance to kirtan and practice asana as in true yoga fashion at the Jivamukti Yoga School. Led by master teachers, David Life and Sharon Gannon, this special class is a one of a kind three-hour workshop coupled with a one-hour Q and A session with the holy teachers.

Jivamukti Yoga, 841 Broadway, New York. NY, USA. +1 212 353 0214


Midnight Run

Kick off the new year with the New York Road Runners midnight run. This four-mile inner-loop run features two DJs and begins at the stroke of midnight, right after a 15 minute fireworks display. This family-friendly run includes photo opportunities, strobe lights and neon face painting. Be sure to join the sparkling cider toast at the halfway point.

Meet at 72nd Street Transverse near Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, New York, NY, USA.


Party It Up

A festive party is a sure way to ring in the new year, and New York has a lot of parties to choose from. Dance away to top billboard tracks from 2015 as midnight approaches at a dazzling club or a swanky lounge. Either way, be sure to get your tickets early.


Stay In

With a city that has so much to offer, staying in also has its advantages. It’s cost-effective and you can relax in your slacks as you watch the ball drop, fireworks display or indulge in your Netflix binge from the comfort of your bed.