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The best things to do on New Year’s Day in NYC

The party continues on New Year’s Day with great daytime activities, DJ sets and great ways to unwind

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 2017 with a bang! There are many excellent NYC events in January, like Coney Island’s Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim. But if that’s too cold for you, opt for a delicious, wholesome meal (and maybe a cocktail or two) at some of the city’s best brunch spots instead. Afterward, we highly recommend checking out one of the best parties happening in NYC to combat your post-New Year’s Eve hangover. And the fun doesn’t have to stop on New Year’s Day—make sure to head to one of the best sports bars around to watch the Rose Bowl or NHL Winter Classic on January 2.

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Best things to do on New Year’s Day in NYC


Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim

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 invites hundreds of swimmers (without the benefit of blubber, underfur or guard hairs) to venture out into the ocean. All that’s required to take part in this brisk tradition are warm clothes, sneakers you don’t mind ruining (or surf boots, if you’ve got them) and the fortitude to actually go through with it. Membership is not required, but if you’re planning on taking the plunge, help the organization raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a charity that supports children (and their families) who have life-threatening illnesses. Meet on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Ave, Coney Island, Brooklyn. Suggested donation $40.

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Until Sun Jan 1

New Year’s Day at House of Yes

If your New Year’s resolution is to focus on self-care, take a tropical vacay in Bushwick! (Yes, really.) Let The dance music, free massages, detox elixirs and the steamy hot tub at this all-day bash rejuvenate your soul.

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01 Jan 2017

New Year’s Day Freedom Party

Here’s proof that the party doesn’t stop on NYE. Bust a move with your fellow New Year revelers as DJs Cosi, Herbert Holler and Marc Smooth spin the most groove-worthy hits, from the Temptations and Diana Ross to NAS and Beyoncé.

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Until Sun Jan 1

43rd Annual Poetry Project Marathon

Chances are your attention will be shorter than normal today, which is just fine: This 43th anniversary of the 12-hour literary soiree features bite-size readings and performances by around 150 poets, dancers and musicians.

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Until Sun Jan 1

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