NYC New Year's Eve

Ring in 2015 with our guide to the best parties, free things to do, bars, Times Square ball drop, and other NYC New Year's Eve events you don't want to miss

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New Year's Eve in Times Square

New Year's Eve in Times Square Photograph: Courtesy Countdown Entertainment

The pressure is always immense to have a good time on New Year's Eve—and have a good time you will. Ring in 2015 with an all-night party, a raucous concert, dinner and a show, an open bar with a champagne toast, or a New Year's Eve fireworks display. You'll find these celebrations and more with our essential guide to New Year's Eve in New York. Keep checking back for ticket announcements—we'll be updating this page with new events from now through December 31.


NYC New Year's Eve events

New Year's Eve at Times Square

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  • Free

Broadway between 40th and 53rd Sts. Since 1907, a sparkly sphere has been lowered in Times Square, and even though the rest of the country has adopted the tradition, New York can still lay claim to it. Arrive by 3pm (earlier if the weather is nice) to stake out a spot in the Broadway–Seventh Avenue bowtie, and be prepared to stay put: There are no public restrooms or food vendors, and leaving means giving up your spot. It may sound like no fun, but this is really the best kind of holiday masochism, and your endurance will be rewarded with performances held across two stages, beginning at 6pm. A burst of pyrotechnics from One Times Square, every hour on the hour through 11pm, should whet the appetite for the ball drop at a minute to midnight. The geodesic sphere (11,875 pounds, 12 feet across and covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and 32, 256 LEDs) descends 70 feet before an almighty 60-second fireworks display of more than 3,000 colorful effects and confetti is released into the city sky.

  1. Times Square Broadway, between 42nd and 47th Sts
  2. Wed Dec 31 - Thu Jan 1
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New Year's Eve Fireworks

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Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve with hot beverages and fireworks sparkling over Park Slope. Live music starts at around 11pm at Grand Army Plaza, where you can also snag a free cup of hot cocoa. At midnight, fireworks will go off at Long Meadow; the best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. RECOMMENDED: More New Year's Eve fireworks displays in NYC 2012

  1. Grand Army Plaza enter at Flatbush Ave and Prospect Park West
  2. Wed Dec 31 - Thu Jan 1
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Brooklyn Bowl New Years Eve

Bowling on New Year's Eve? It's an entirely novel way to celebrate the turn of the calendar. This year might as well split. (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves. )

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Wed Dec 31
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Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

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  • Free

Unfriendly spooks should steer clear of Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the first day of the New Year, when the Better Chinatown Society lights 500,000 firecrackers to welcome the Year of the Goat and ward off evil spirits. In addition to the pyrotechnics, there will be lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus craft vendors and food booths where you can get your fill of traditional delicacies. (It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you’ll make that year.) Grand St at Forsyth St; visit betterchinatown.com for details.

  1. Sara D. Roosevelt Park Chrystie St, between Canal and E Houston Sts
  2. Sat Jan 31
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Elton John and His Band

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While we reveled in the unexpected delights of his reflective 2013 solo release, The Diving Board, we're sure glad to see Sir Elton ushering in the New Year on Brooklyn's biggest stage: Swoon along to "Tiny Dancer," make juvenile hand gestures to "Crocodile Rock," smile meaningfully at your folks during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." What's not to love?

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Wed Dec 31
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Winter Solstice Celebration

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Having trouble deciding which one of your friends’ apartments will be used to host this year’s solstice bonfire and ritual sacrifice? Avoid all that messy virgin blood, and try a more modern tradition: Paul Winter’s annual concert, returning for its 35th year. You can see a slew of dance and musical guests and the Paul Winter Consort with Winter himself on sax.

  1. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Sat Dec 20
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41st Annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading

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What better way to banish that New Year’s Eve hangover than with verse and good food? On the first afternoon of the year, 140 of the city’s best poets, artists and performers gather at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery and, one after another, recite their work to a hall full of listeners. Past readers include composer Philip Glass and legendary poets Eileen Myles and Anne Waldman, and local shops will cater the 11-hour affair.

  1. The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church 131 E 10th St, at Second Ave, 10003
  2. Thu Jan 1
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Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Swim

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Meet at the Boardwalk and Stillwell Ave, Coney Island, Brooklyn. Suggested donation of $20. Would you believe us if we told you a dip in the Atlantic is great for a hangover? Even if you don't buy it, cheering those brave—or crazy—enough to take the plunge will stir you from your stupor. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's Day Swim welcomes hundreds of swimmers, without the benefit of blubber, underfur or guard hairs, to venture out into the ocean. Warm clothes, a pair of sneakers you don’t mind ruining (or surf boots, if you’ve got them) and the fortitude to actually go through with it are all that’s required to take part in the brisk tradition. Membership is not required for this dip, but if you're planning on taking the plunge, help the organization raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a charity that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

  1. Coney Island Beach Surf Ave, between Ocean Pkwy and W 37th St
  2. Thu Jan 1
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Tiffany
Tiffany

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Eric Thomas
Eric Thomas

New Years Eve in NYC, Stone Rose has been rated as a very hot event. It's a Lounge in the Time Warner Building on Columbus Circle that overlooks Central Park. It is partially owned by Bruce Willis and usually hosts a lot of celebrity guests that in the past have included Effron, Diddy, Jeter, etc. The place is awesome and the views are incredible. Tickets can be brought here: www.nyepartyguide.com/tickets Tickets to all other NYC events can be bought here: http://tickets2014.cravetickets.com/newyork/newyearseve/12-31-2013

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