New Year's Eve events in New York

Find the perfect event to ring in the New Year. From fireworks to epic dance parties, we've got you covered

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Looking for ideas on how to spend New Year's Eve? Enjoy fireworks in Times Square or put on something festive and take part in a under-the-stars bike ride through Manhattan. Find the perfect New Year's Eve events to welcome 2014 in style.

  • Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

    Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

    Ring in 2014 and get an early start on that resolution to shed a few pounds at the four-mile Emerald Nuts Midnight Run. First warm up your legs as a DJ spins pop hits at the Naumberg Bandshell (10pm), then show off your holiday getup during a costume contest (11pm). Afterward, make your way to the start line; both the race and a fireworks display begin when the clock strikes midnight. Runners will get a celebratory glass of non-alcholic bubbly (sparkling apple cider) at the halfway mark, while spectators—up to 5,000 strong— can enjoy the aerial show as they wait to cheer on the finishers.

    Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St (nyrr.org). 10pm-1am; $45-65, free to watch.

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    New Year's Eve in Times Square

    New Year's Eve in Times Square

    Staking out a spot in the Broadway-Seventh Ave bowtie at 3pm will be rewarded with performances held across two stages (last year boasted appearances from Taylor Swift and Psy), beginning at 6pm. A burst of pyrotechnics from One Times Square, every hour on the hour through 11pm, should whet the appetitie for an almighty 60-second display of more than 3,000 colorful effects.

    Broadway between 40th and 53rd Sts (timessquarenyc.org/nye). 6pm-midnight; free.

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    Miley Cyrus is playing Times Square for New Year’s Eve

    If you were looking to ring in 2014 to the sounds of a near-naked pop star with thousands of tourists in the freezing cold, then we've found the spectacle for you. Ryan Seacrest announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that Miley Cyrus will play Times Square on New Year's Eve, aptly rounding out the tawdry year that just was. The 21-year-old twerker will perform for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve just before the (wrecking) ball drops.

  • New Year's Eve Meditation

    The Kadampa Meditation Center in Chelsea offers a serene alternative to the lairy excesses of New Year's Eve in NYC. You'll start the evening snacking on hors d'oeuvres, then sit for resident teacher Kadam Morten leading the Buddha of Compassion practice (prayers, mantras, meditation). You'll finish the night setting intentions for the coming year and toasting 2014 with a booze-free beverage. Cruise into New Year's Day with your dignity intact? How very civilized.

    Kadampa Meditation Center, 127 W 24th Street (212-924-6706, meditationinnewyork.org). 9:30; $25.

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    40th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading

    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. Among the many podium-takers this year are composer Philip Glass, storyteller Edgar Oliver, Bowery Poetry founder Bob Holman, and poets Eileen Myles and Anne Waldman. Local joints catering the 11-hour event include Grandaisy Bakery, Porto Rico Importing Co. and more.

    The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 E 10th St (212-674-0910, poetryproject.org). Jan 1, 2pm; $20.

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    Webster Hall New Year's Eve Ball

    Webster Hall New Year's Eve Ball

    Webster Hall claims their New Year's bash features "the largest balloon drop in the free world," and who are we to argue with a club that's existed, in one form or another, for 128 years? As usual, the big nitery hosts a massive selection of sounds in its many rooms, including rock, house, electro, hip-hop and more, along with Savant's GoGo Rama, stilt walkers, snake charmers, aerialists and all kinds of similarly crazy stuff. Late at night, the main room hosts a set from Wolfgang Gartner, the big-room alias of tech-house producer Joey Youngman.

    125 E. 11th St between Third and Fourth Aves (212-353-1600, websterhall.com/nye). 8pm; tickets start at $99, after 3:30am $50.

Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

Ring in 2014 and get an early start on that resolution to shed a few pounds at the four-mile Emerald Nuts Midnight Run. First warm up your legs as a DJ spins pop hits at the Naumberg Bandshell (10pm), then show off your holiday getup during a costume contest (11pm). Afterward, make your way to the start line; both the race and a fireworks display begin when the clock strikes midnight. Runners will get a celebratory glass of non-alcholic bubbly (sparkling apple cider) at the halfway mark, while spectators—up to 5,000 strong— can enjoy the aerial show as they wait to cheer on the finishers.

Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St (nyrr.org). 10pm-1am; $45-65, free to watch.



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