Celebrating The New Year In NYC
NYC is bound to be flocked with tourists on New Year’s Eve, anxiously awaiting the famous Times Square ball drop. Here’s your guide to celebrating the new year in NYC, whether you prefer to go out for an intimate gathering or to stay inside your Glenwood home and watch the ball drop via your big screen TV, curled up on your comfy couch. Happy 2019, everyone!
New York Road Runners Midnight Run
While NYE is typically associated with open bars and champagne galore, it’s also the perfect way to get a kickstart on your healthy resolutions! While the rest of the city may be sleeping in on January 1st, you can proudly say that you kicked off your 2019 with a midnight run! The New York Road Runners will be hosting their annual Midnight Run in Central Park, and festivities start at 10pm with music and dancing. The 4-mile run begins promptly at midnight, right after the countdown, and you’ll also be privy to a fabulous fireworks display! Registration can be completed on their website, and ranges from $30 to $70. Perfectly convenient for Grand Tier as well as Hawthorn Park residents.
Local’s Tip: Rightly so, security is going to be very tight for this event. You are encouraged to give yourself plenty of extra time to get through screening, and to leave all bags at home. Perhaps invest in a fanny pack to hold your keys, credit card, phone, and MetroCard while you run?
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Soul Sweat At Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio
To really harness your positive vibes for 2019, head to Laughing Lotus for their 2-hour intention setting ceremony. Starting at 10pm, you’ll engage in a yoga class, meditation and chanting, and really set your mind to what you want to focus on for the upcoming 365 days. Talk about setting the tone for the year! Tickets are $80 and can be purchased on their website. The Chelsea location is ideal for Westside residents.
Local’s Tip: Ubers on NYE will be surge pricing, and yellow cabs will most likely be hard to come by. Instead, take advantage of the city’s subway system. For the swipe of a MetroCard ($2.75) you can get anywhere in the city, and much quicker than sitting in traffic on December 31st!
Enjoy A Meal Out At Quality Eats
Located on the Upper East Side, Quality Eats is offering both its regular menu, along with a special New Year’s Eve 4 course “high brow/low brow” menu for $48 a person. You can expect foie gras paired with caramel apple, followed by caviar and Irish nachos, then lobster corndog, and finally topping it all off with a black truffle-topped chopped cheese sandwich. They’ll leave you with a “hangover pancake” mix for two as a parting gift. For breakfast the next morning? Done and done! A great idea for either a romantic night out for two, or even with a group of your favorite friends.
Local’s Tip: There are many restaurants offering special NYE dinners, but it’s best to make reservations as soon as possible to prevent being all dressed up with no place to go!
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Watch The Ball Drop From Your Apartment
After you’ve been out a handful of times on New Year’s Eve in NYC, staying inside in your warm and cozy home feels like the best option. You can still watch the excitement of the ball drop from your phone or computer, via sites such as TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, or TimesSquareBall.net. Or catch it live on TV! Coverage starts early in the evening, and stations such as ABC, NBC, and FOX will all be starting their special programing at 8pm.
Insider’s Tip: Treat yourself! Plan ahead and pick up dinner from your favorite restaurant, or order delivery for a relaxing meal in.