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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

By Collier Sutter and Shaye Weaver
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After the ball drops and the festivities subside, the New Year begins in earnest. At the start of the new year we can hope for the madness of 2020, to stay in 2020. 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? Break a sweat roller skating at Industry City's festive rink with friends and get your ya-yas out, or kick back for some quiet time inside a glamping spa tent 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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1. Sauna treatment at The William Vale's Winter Spa

Detox from the year at William Vale’s relaunched Winter Spa that’s as cozy—and pampering— as it sounds. With TerraGlamping’s Hudson Valley inspired tents and holistic FAR infrared technology by Shape House, the 4th floor terrace of the hotel is where you should kick back on New Years Day. Ever heard of a sauna blanket? FAR infrared technology provides a deep, penetrating heat that warms the body from the inside out, to sweat out 2020, reduced stress and strengthened immune health and glowing skin for 2021. Chill out while watching any show or your choosing or throwing on tunes instead. 55 minute sessions run $85 per person (Couple's Sweat are $170).

Industry city ice skating rink
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2. Roller skating at Industry City

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This year, Industry City’s ice rink in Courtyard 5/6 will be open during the winter season every Thursday-Sunday until March 1. (It will also be larger than last year's rink!) And when you're not skating on the heated outdoor rink, decorated with tons of holiday décor, you can grab a cup of hot chocolate from Frying Pan Brooklyn next door. Tickets are $12 per person, with skate rentals costing $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased on site at Industry City or online. If you're feeling nostalgic for the olden days of roller skating to groovy tunes, Dreamland Roller Disco is nearby for you on the Factory Floor in Building 1 December through March.

 

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The rink at Rockefeller Center
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3. The best places to go ice-skating 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. If you'd rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.

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4. Marea debuts apres ski-themed outdoor dining this week

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Come winter, New York turns into a veritable ski town—at least, it looks the part from all of the slopes-themed pop-ups that have been opening around town. The latest of these super-cozy outdoor dining options can be found outside Marea, which has transformed its curbside set-up into an après ski winter wonderland. Snuggle up with faux-fur shams and seat heaters while tucking into a two-course winter prix fixe ($55 per person), featuring a choice of seasonal appetizer and belly-warming bowl of pasta, as well as a cookie plate to finish. 

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