New York City boasts 47 million tourists from around the world each year. With so many bright lights, people and things to do, it can be tough to decide what to see first on a trip to the city. Add the influx of activities for New Year’s and your head might spin. With a little pre-planning, you will seem like a professional at navigating the city of lights.
Come to the world’s art capital to indulge in concerts, shows, and exhibitions in the new year.
- The New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the US and is located in Lincoln Center. Their New Year’s Eve performance is traditionally broadcast live on PBS. This year’s concert will feature Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk.
- Tour Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle before the show. Begin your journey in the center of Columbus Circle at the historical Columbus Column monument. From there you’ll find museums, spas, luxury shopping, pop-up markets, and high-end bars and restaurants everywhere you turn. Start your day early and set an alarm so you won’t be late to the Philharmonic!
- For a unique musical experience, Barge Music’s New Year’s Eve Concert in Brooklyn offers a chamber music concert from the setting of a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy the view of the lower Manhattan skyline while listening to music played by accomplished professionals. This year’s show will feature Bach and Vivaldi Concertos and Sonatas and will end early enough that you’ll have time for more exploring.
- New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace 2019 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is a traditional benefit concert for the church and includes performances by the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra led by Director of Music Kent Tritle. Enjoy a tour of the cathedral and participate in an evening prayer before the show.
New Year’s Shopping
Apart from visiting prestigious department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue, there are many other shopping paradises in NYC
- The Shops at Columbus Circle can be found in the Time Warner Center which provides high-end shopping and dining with a view. Stores include Whole Foods, Hugo Boss, Coach, and a few of the most expensive restaurants in New York.
- If you’ve ever dreamed of drinking martinis while buying shoes, the new Nordstrom Flagship at 57th & Broadway is a must-see. This newly opened location contains seven floors of shopping along with various salons and food spots.
- Hudson Yards is a new shopping experience opened in early 2019. It offers high-end shopping, dining, art, and The Vessel which provides a 360 view of the city to those who venture to climb it.
- Hutong: according to Eater New York, the elegant dim sum is the best item on the menu.
- Claudia’s: dine in style in Brooklyn and enjoy Guatemalan delights such as tostadas or banana bread. The prix fixe brunch menu will help you avoid any decision making.
- Charlie Bird: this wine-centric restaurant serves up “farm to table” Italian-inspired American cuisine. TimeOut New York suggests ordering the razor clams and molten chocolate cake
Most activities tend to book quickly this time of year. No matter how you decide to experience New York City during New Year, be sure to purchase tickets and make reservations in advance of your trip to ensure a great experience in the City That Never Sleeps.
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