There’s no doubt about it, New Year is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. For many, it’s a reason to find an event bigger and better than the last, while others enjoy sitting in front of the television with their loved ones and a relaxing beverage. If you’re looking for something special to do this year, why not celebrate in the city that never sleeps? New Year’s Eve is one of the best times to sample the electric atmosphere of the Big Apple, so don’t miss a thing by camping out in your hotel or New York serviced apartment – venture out onto the wintry streets of this beautiful city!
Keep to Tradition in Times Square
On the eve of December 31st 1907, the first glittering ball descended from the flagpole of One Times Square signifying the start of New Year’s Day. Today, it’s a tradition that has spread to other towns and cities across the US and is aired on television to billions across the world. If you want to be a part of this iconic ceremony, you’ll find yourself in the estimated million-strong crowd and may need to set aside more than just your evening to attend. For the best spots, get to the main areas on 42nd – 47th Street before 3pm and be prepared to hold your position. The surrounding streets fill up by around 11pm, so make sure you arrive in time to secure a spot and take in the electric atmosphere! There’s live music from huge stars (Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber performed in 2011) and fun hand-outs throughout the day, followed by impressive pyrotechnic displays and showering confetti at the stroke of midnight. This is one of the most popular and memorable events in New York City, so it is definitely worth braving the cold to get involved.
Give 2012 a Proper Send-off
Fireworks are often the first things that spring to mind whenever we think of New Year, and New York City would be missing a trick not to have them. Luckily, they seem to have covered everything with this free and comparatively low-key event on Park Slope, to the west of Prospect Park. Live music starts at around 11pm at the Grand Army Plaza, and you can bag yourself a free cup of hot chocolate here to stave off the cold. When midnight strikes, turn your attention in the direction of Long Meadow where the colorful fireworks are set to light up the sky. For the best viewing spots, head to Grand Army Plaza or the western areas of Prospect Park to make sure you don’t miss out on the display.
Party hard! Unicorn Meat NYC Presents the Wanderer: A Cosmopolitan Experience
Unicorn Meat, the Brooklyn based production group who blend theatrical installations and performances with world touring DJs, are bringing one of the biggest party events to the streets of NYC. Grab some friends and dance your way into 2013 with electronic beats from a host of names, including Matthew Dear from Spectral Sounds and Lee Burridge from All Day I Dream. Joining you will be a mix of acts and sets, from Moroccan belly dancers to replica ancient pyramids, ensuring that this event is not just your regular club night. It’s so good that the location is being kept a secret until shortly before the event, although speculation has it that it’s in a warehouse in Bushwick. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure you’re not the last to know!
Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
Yes, that’s right – run. If your New Year’s resolution is to shed those Christmas turkey pounds or simply get yourself fighting fit, this is the perfect place to start. First off, warm up to some classic hits and chart tunes at the Naumberg Bandshell at 10pm; then, at 11pm, the costume contest gives you a chance to shine in your most inventive running outfit. Perhaps you’ll double up as your favorite film star or musician, jog down the road as a giant piece of fruit or veg, or transform into something that no one else would ever think of. Make sure you’re at the start line for midnight as the four mile race commences with the lighting of fireworks, and enjoy a glass of non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider when you reach the halfway mark. If you’re a spectator, simply have fun and enjoy the show while you wait to cheer your runners on at the finish line. Go on, break the mold and do something different this in New Year!