What could be better than spending New Years Eve in New York? And we don’t mean just Manhattan. This is a city with unique Burroughs and things going on at every turn. The New Years capital of the world has events in Manhattan, the Bronx, hip Brooklyn, happenin’ Queens and don’t forget Staten Island.
TOP NEW YEARS EVE PICKS IN NEW YORK:
The Ball Drop
If you like crowds and action, this is the scene for you! More than 100 million television viewers in the United States and more than one billion people worldwide are expected to join the estimated one million revelers in New York City to watch the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop – a 109-year-old tradition. Come early and dress for the weather.
A 12-foot-diameter geodesic sphere covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds and is powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights, capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors. At 11:59pm, the ball begins its descent atop One Times Square as millions of people celebrate by loudly counting down the final seconds of the year and then celebrate the beginning of a new year.
Other New Year’s Eve events taking place in Times Square include
New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall
This is a fun tradition you may not know about: Each New Year’s Eve when the ball drops at midnight, Times Square is showered with confetti upon which thousands of people worldwide have written their wishes. Individuals can submit wishes in person at the Wishing Wall or online via timessquarenyc.org.
Good Riddance Day
The Times Square Alliance and Shred-it will once again come together to put on a Good Riddance Day celebration in Times Square, where anyone can bid their bad memories of 2015 a hearty farewell. This is an event where old love letters, cellphones, pink slips and anything else that you want to bid farewell to can all be brought to be shredded or destroyed with a mobile shredding truck or mallet!
Those who can’t make it to Times Square can submit things to be shredded via the website shredit.com or tweet with the hashtag #GoodRiddanceDay.
Coney Island LED Ball Drop
Coney Island will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with an LED ball drop simulated on the Parachute Jump. A fireworks show will be held at midnight, and boardwalk bars and restaurants will be open for some fun after parties.
Visit : www.coneyislandusa.com
Prospect Park Fireworks
Visitors and locals can celebrate New Year’s Eve in Prospect Park under Brooklyn’s annual fireworks display at midnight, this is a memorable event for friends, families and the kids, plus it’s free!
Visit : www.prospectpark.org
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
The Cathedral Choir, Orchestra, and soloist Jamet Pittman will be joined by guests Judy Collins, Jason Robert Brown, and host Harry Smith of NBC News for this year’s New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
Come early because a limited number of general admission seats are free and open to the public. Later in the evening, a special late-night service will be held to ring in the New Year.
Visit : www.stjohndivine.org
New York Road Runners Midnight Run
Into some fitness with your fun on New Year’s Eve? The four-mile NYRR Midnight Run takes off in Central Park on this most festive of nights.
The night begins with dancing and music at 10pm, followed by a costume contest at 11pm. The race around the park will begin at 11:59pm beneath the fireworks as the New Year begins.
Visit : www.nyrr.org
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
For an exciting twist on the classic cruise, ships will take guests to the Statue of Liberty to watch the annual fireworks show. A very unique way to ring in the new year!
Visit : www.circleline42.com
For a twist on the classic – catch a tribute show! This year for New Year’s Eve, Resorts World Casino will be hosting the Legends in Concert tribute show, featuring impersonators of Tina Turner, Prince, Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart.