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New Year's Day in New York

The party continues—from daytime activities to DJ sets at some of NYC's best nightclubs, kick off the new year with the perfect New Year's Day event

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

There is plenty to do in NYC on New Year's Day, so shake off your hangover and get ready to start off 2015 with a bang. Strip down to your skivvies and take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim at Coney Island, indulge in verse and good food at the 41st annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading, dance to techno beats at Victor Calderone's 12-hour New Years Day Matter Marathon, and more. Looking for something more laid-back? Start your year off with a delicious, wholesome meal (and maybe a cocktail or two) at some of the city's best brunch spots, and head to one of the best sports bars around to watch the Rose Bowl, NHL Winter Classic or an NBA game.

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What to do on New Year's Day

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.

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Coney Island Beach 01 Jan 2015

New Year's Day Family Brunch

Today Brooklyn Bowl is open to all ages in the New Year. Enjoy bowling, food from Blue Ribbon and local beers. There's no cover for entry.

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Brooklyn Bowl 01 Jan 2015 Free

New Years Day with Victor Calderone

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Start your year off with a 12-hour session of throbbing tribal-tech rhythms, as the ever-popular veteran Victor Calderone lays down his thumping sounds in the Gotham outpost of Ibiza's venerable Space clubbing institution. With additional guests to be announced closer to the date, we're promised that this will be the “best and most innovative MΛTTER+ event yet.”

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Space Ibiza New York Thu Jan 1 - Fri Jan 2

Swingin' New Year's Day Brunch

Sit back with a New Year's Day feast along with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys as bluesy swing band Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue serenades you.

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City Winery 01 Jan 2015

JCC in Manhattan's New Year’s Day Fitness Fair

By the time January 1 rolls around, we’ve either forgotten all about our pledge to get healthy or have come up with an excuse to put off a visit to the gym until, oh, March. Neither of those excuses will fly at this day of free exercise classes meant to get you excited about getting in shape. Start your heart pumping with a Zumba or indoor cycling session, or find your center in a yoga or meditation class.

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JCC in Manhattan 01 Jan 2015 Free

41st Annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading

Critics' pick

What better way to banish that New Year’s Eve hangover than with verse and good food? On the first afternoon of the year, almost 200 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. Readers this year include Philip Glass, Eileen Myles, Anne Waldman and Thomas Sayers Ellis, and local shops will cater the 11-hour affair.

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The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church 01 Jan 2015

Longest Variety Show Ever

Music, magic, comedy and fun—it's a night full of miscellaneous talent, and it lasts forever! Okay, not forever, but it's definitely the longest variety showcase you'll ever experience, with four full days of performances.

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Metropolitan Room Thu Jan 1 - Sun Jan 4