Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square with dinner, dancing and watching The Ball Drop in Times Square! If you prefer a quieter New York experience, watch the Fireworks in Central Park at midnight with a champagne toast. Explore the Holiday Train show exhibit in The Bronx, lunch along Arthur Avenue, see the holiday windows and take advantage of the year-end sales! Relax on New Year’s Day with a festive brunch cruise!
Which New Year’s Eve Celebration to Choose?
There’s something for everyone wanting to ring in the New Year in Manhattan. The best known is the Times Square ball drop, which draws record shattering crowds year after year. Stay in a Times Square hotel and enjoy a lively atmosphere with other party-goers before going down to the hotel’s private street level viewing area to see the ball drop, kicking off the New Year. Revelers begin arriving in Times Square early in the afternoon to stake out a prime viewing location, but by staying in a Times Square hotel, you only need to step out for a few minutes before returning to the party!
If watching the ball drop has already been scratched off your bucket list, there are other celebrations at restaurants and lounges throughout the city to usher in the New Year.
If glitz and glam isn’t for you and you prefer something a bit more laid back, then head over to Central Park, which launches fireworks at midnight, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the Park. Like with Times Square, it is encouraged to arrive early for an ‘upfront and personal’ view. Unlike Times Square, there are usually food vendors open, serving warm beverages and snacks.
Venture out to the Belmont section of the Bronx for lunch on Arthur Avenue, made popular in the 1993 DeNiro film A Bronx Tale, (also known as the Little Italy of the Bronx). Explore the many family run pasta and pastry shops before enjoying lunch in one of the area’s quaint restaurants. Experience the small town feel created by generations of Italian families. After lunch see New York landmarks from a different perspective during the final weeks of the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Model trains whisk through a miniature New York, re-created with bark, leaves and other natural materials. See familiar sights like the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal under the twinkling lights of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
Leisurely Brunch Cruise
Set the tone for the New Year by beginning 2017 with a leisurely brunch cruise! Enjoy delicious food and fresh baked goods while sailing past landmarks that include One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty during a lightly narrated harbor cruise.
Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to book your New York New Year’s Eve Experience!