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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in New York

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

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


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

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3 responses to “New Year’s Eve Celebrations in New York”

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  1. Mario Rodrigues says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 11:20

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  2. Alex says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 19:24

    I think the list is missing one of the most important aspect of New Year’s Eve. Parties in New York City, like crazy hot Joonbug Parties.

  3. Nikkinyc says:
    December 17th, 2009 at 18:17

    the list above of things to do on new years eve in NYC is great but if you want a warm and intimate evening there is a great place called Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar, authentic italian food and wines in Murray Hill which is offering a 5 course extravagant meal including a champagne toast at midnight… it caters to parties of all sizes…. checkout the website for the menu and pricings!!

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