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

The party continues on New Year’s Day in NYC with fun daytime activities, and great ways to unwind

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

The ball might've dropped and the parties may be over but NYC still has tons of fun things to do on New Years Day. If you’ve decided 2022 will be the year to go out and do more, this is your chance to get started on that New Year's Resolution. Go ice skating at Industry City's festive rink with friends and or kick back for some quiet time inside a sauna on the roof of The William Vale. The fun doesn't need to stop there either, there are many excellent NYC events in January.

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

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It's time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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  • Sightseeing
  • Midtown East

Summit One Vanderbilt sits atop the new 67-floor One Vanderbilt super-tall—a 1,401-foot-high—skyscraper. As the city's fourth-tallest building after One World Trade Center, Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street, it sits just west of Grand Central Terminal, where you first enter the experience underground. After a trip through a mirrored hallway with its own immersive elements, visitors take an elevator up to the 91st floor, where they're 1,000 feet over the streets and sidewalks of NYC. Kenzo Digital has created a totally mirrored infinity room called "Air" that reflects the sky and city views over and over, making you feel like you're walking in the sky or on another plane of existence. Looking above you and below you in this two-story space, you see your reflection repeating forever.

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  • City Life

30 Rock is now home to new cozy chalets that you can basically hang out in for free. The custom-built heated huts, of which there are eight in total, are presented in partnership with Coach and are completely free to use (no reservations are required either!) as long as you order some fare from Hombre Taco. From warm churros with Nutella and/or dulce de leche dip to hot chocolate and apple cider, the entire menu on offer sounds delightfully sublime. Once inside, you'll be treated by beautiful interior decor by Coach. The brand has, in fact, outfitted each hut in its own holiday decor so you'll basically never want to leave.


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Jazz up your holiday by catching a performance at the lively Greenwich Village musical hotspot. There will be toe-tapping, head-bopping tunes from the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, who has recorded and performed with the likes of Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell and Michael Buble. Night owls can go to get lost in the soulful saxophone sounds from Peter Valera & The Jump Blues Band during a midnight show, too. 

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