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polar bear plunge
Photograph: Courtesy Coney Island Polar Bear Club/Daniel Turkewitz

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, comedy shows and great ways to unwind

By Shaye Weaver and Collier Sutter

After the ball drops and the festivities subside, the New Year begins in earnest. Whatever madness went down in 2019 is now in the past, and 2020 is your blank page to write on. If you’re the type to make pledges to yourself, it’s time to put your plans in action. But who says this can’t be fun? Take a dip during Coney Island’s Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim or take up a new sport–curling. If you want to be indoors, get new perspective at the Winter Onederland experience atop One World Trade or sit in on the The 46th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Poetry Reading to hear local artists' work. Otherwise, head to one of the best sports bars to watch the Rose Bowl or NHL Winter Classic or plan a delicious, wholesome meal (and maybe a cocktail or two) at one of the city’s best brunch spots. The fun doesn't need to stop there–there are many excellent NYC events in January

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

Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar, © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art

1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museums Art and design Midtown West

Take advantage of your day off to visit the shiny, reconfigured MoMA. The massive expansion brings the institution’s total size to a whopping 708,000 square feet, 166,000 of which are dedicated to exhibition space. But the biggest deal is MoMA’s remix of its vaunted holdings: After decades of promoting promoting Picasso, Matisse, Pollock and other great white males, The Modern has dusted off works from women and artists of color that had been languishing in storage. Proclaiming a new woke MoMA, the museum has shifted to a multicultural reconsideration of 20th- and 21st-century art. But don't worry: You can still find works by fan favorites like Matisse. 

Drunk Shakespeare
Photograph: Eric Sause

2. Drunk Shakespeare

Theater Shakespeare The Lounge, Midtown West
Open run

An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's Drunk History) and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard. Bibulous excess is encouraged.   TIME OUT DISCOUNT TICKET OFFER:DRUNK SHAKESPEAREThe hit theatrical comedy in the heart of Broadway $35 for balcony tickets (regular price $55) $49 for mezzanine tickets (regular price $69) $69 for stage-side tickets (regular price $89) Promotional description: The stage is set at the Lounge, a hidden library in Times Square featuring craft cocktails and more 15,000 real books. Five professional New York actors meet as members of the Drunk Shakespeare Society. One of them has at least five shots of whiskey, then overconfidently attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue as the four sober actors try to keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking…and what they're drinking! Only one can be King. Learn more about the exclusive King Experience. TO BUY TICKETS: Click here to buy tickets Performance schedule: Monday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 8pm; Thursday at 7:30pm; and Friday and Saturday at 8pm and 10pm. Some weeks also offer performances on Tuesday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 7pm and/or Saturday at 6pm. Running Time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. 21 or over only. Photo ID required. Offer for performances thru 4/4/21. Not all seats discounted. Discount code valid for stage-side, mezzanine and balcony seats only. All purchases with credi

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