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

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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.

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

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

  • Free

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.

  1. JCC in Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Ave, at 76th St
  2. Thu Jan 1
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New Year's Day Family Brunch

  • Free

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.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Thu Jan 1
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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.

  1. City Winery 155 Varick St, at Vandam St
  2. Thu Jan 1
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Pinkalicious

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A tot obsessed with pink cupcakes finds herself turning her favorite rosy hue (which still beats the filling out of getting high cholesterol) in this new musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, and music by John Gregor. Teresa K. Pond directs.

  1. Vital Children’s Theatre 2162 Broadway, at 76th St, fourth floor
  2. Mon Dec 29 - Thu Jan 1
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"Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs"

This show is all about pterosaurs, the fascinating flying relatives of dinosaurs that are, if anything, even more enchanting than their earth-bound contemporaries. Visitors will learn that these creatures, who evolved about 220 million years ago, were a super-diverse bunch, ranging in size from that of a sparrow to the enormity of Tropeognathus mesembrinus, a pterosaur with an astonishing wingspan of 25 feet. (A scale model of the latter hovers above the entrance to the exhibition space.) Discover the similarities between the animals and other flying vertebrates, such as birds and bats, in an interactive area that looks at the evolution and aerodynamics of flight.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Thu Jan 1 - Sun Jan 4
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Chris Botti

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Chris Botti’s trumpet skills are actually as good as his telegenic looks, even if he rarely puts them to use playing the kind of bop he cut his teeth on. A consummate showman, Botti presents his blend of smooth jazz-funk, glossily Miles-ian ballads, and assorted pop and classical chestnuts at the Blue Note through year's end. Shows tend to sell out early, so call first. (Special pricing applies on New Year's Eve: Early set is $145 and $85; late set, $175 and $95.)

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Mon Dec 15 - Sun Jan 4
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House Party: Just Blaze + DJ Soul + Electric Punanny + Va$htie + Oscar + Dirty South Joe

  • Price band: 1/4

Spend the first day of the new year at Webster Hall's best weekly House Party. The event is free for ladies all night and reduced for men before midnight with RSVP. According to the invite, flattops never pay, so if you've got that fly hairdo, you're in luck as well! (Iman Shumpert, see you there?)

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Thu Jan 1
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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.”

  1. Space Ibiza New York 637 W 50th St, at Twelfth Ave, 10019
  2. Thu Jan 1 - Fri Jan 2
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New Year's Day–Believe Day 1 with Boris

Dance away as DJ Boris rocks in the New Year with great beats.

  1. Stage 48 605 W 48th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Thu Jan 1 - Fri Jan 2
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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.

  1. Metropolitan Room 34 W 22nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Thu Jan 1 - Sun Jan 4
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Hansel and Gretel

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The Met's whimsical production of Humperdinck's beloved opera for fans of all ages returns with Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel. As the witch, Robert Brubaker will make you think twice before digging in to the gingerbread that sits on your holiday table.

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Thu Jan 8
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