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
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.Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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?)Read more