Spending the holidays in New York? Well there are many ways to ring out the old and ring in the new in the city that never sleeps.
Here’s a tip – they don’t all include a ball drop and tons (literally, tons) of confetti.
Start the evening with ice skating at Rockefeller Center then head over to Serendipity 3 for their world-famous frozen hot chocolate. (Of course, you can also get it hot!) Check out the amazing window displays on 5th avenue, then enjoy the fireworks display at midnight in Central Park.
New York hotel near Rockefeller Center : Hotel Elysee
Many of New York’s finest restaurants offer special menus for the holiday; some include champagne toasts at midnight and other festive touches. Restaurants book up quickly, so advance reservations are definitely a must. Avoid the Times Square area and try out a quaint restaurant in Little Italy or even Chinatown for an international twist on the holiday.
New York hotel near Chinatown and Little Italy : Hotel Off Soho Suites
Just a quick subway ride away, and Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is a great choice for outer-borough festivities. Start off with a pub crawl on 5th Avenue, then head up to Prospect Park for fireworks at midnight. Cover charges, if any, will be much lower than in the city and you’ll have just as much fun!
New York hotel in Brooklyn : Hotel The Sofia Inn
New Yorkers in the know flock downtown for a lively club scene on New Year’s Eve. Expect to pay $150 per person and up. See the Tribeca Grand Hotel’s replicated ball drop, or experience an eco-friendly celebration at Greenhouse. If you really must be near Times Square, try Cipriani’s for a classy night on the town, complete with open bar and DJ.
New York hotel in Tribeca : The Duane Street Hotel
AND OF COURSE…
There’s always THE way to ring in the New Year, almost synonymous with New York City. Join in the public revelry at the crossroads of the world and watch the ball drop in Times Square. The streets are closed to vehicle traffic and those who arrive in the late afternoon or early evening often snatch up the best spots for viewing. Alcohol is not allowed, and there are no public restrooms available, so plan accordingly. That said, it truly is the most classic way to bring in 2010.
New York hotel near Times Square : The Hotel at Times Square
Photo of ball drop in Times Square, NYC, by xmascarol