It’s that time of year again! We are preparing to bid 2016 adieu and welcome in the new year, and it’s time to think about where you’d like to be when the clock strikes midnight. Of course, the obvious answer is New York… the City That Never Sleeps is positively electric on New Year’s Eve. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city for the end of the year, you’ll have your choice of parties, dinners and amazing events.
And while you may want to avoid driving on the evening itself, you should definitely consider a New York luxury car rental for the duration of your trip. If you book a LaGuardia Airport car rental your airport transportation will be a breeze, and you’ll be able to see much more of the city and the surrounding areas if you have your own vehicle. Plus, when everyone else is trying to hail a cab to their brunch dates on New Year’s Day, you can just get behind the wheel and go.
So, where should you ring in the new year? That depends on your personality, your budget, your interests and your company. These are some of the very best New Year’s Eve events New York City has to offer.
For those who have never been to New York or have grown up watching the televised version of New York’s signature New Year’s Eve celebration, the answer to the “Where to celebrate” question might seem obvious: Times Square. But think about it: You’ll have to stand for hours in a crowded street with no food, water, libations or nearby restrooms. If you move, you lose your spot. Also, it’s freezing cold. If you decide that this is actually all worth it to say you rang in the new year in Times Square, arrive at least eight hours early and dress in more layers than you think is possible.
Celebrating the start of 2017 with your someone special? Here are a few New Year’s eve parties you might find fun:
Dances of Vice, Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn. This offbeat performance includes fire dancers, puppets and spangled musicians, and an optional feast.
James Brown Dance Party, Gramercy Theater. This party actually starts at midnight, so you can share a kiss and a champagne toast before heading to the theater. The rotating musicians all celebrate the music of James Brown, and tickets start at just $52.
Luxury Three-Course Dinner Cruise. There’s nothing more romantic than dinner and dancing. The cruise departs at 9 PM from Chelsea Piers, starting with hor d’oeuvres and cocktails and finishing with dancing and champagne (with a five course dinner and fireworks in between). Tickets are available at viator.com and cost around $500 per person.
If you’ll have a younger crew with you this year, you’ll still have plenty of options for celebrating the holiday.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Prospect Park. Bundle up for a free low-key party at Prospect Park with hot chocolate, live music and fireworks at midnight. The best viewing areas are at Grand Army Plaza and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
New Year’s at CMOM. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will host their annual party where children are encouraged to dress their best. There will be a ball drop at noon, 2 and 4 PM, and an all-ages dance party with DJ Chela from 2:30-4.
Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year. Join thousands of New Yorkers for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. If you time it right, you’ll see fireworks from Central Park, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Staggered guided tours will takes place between 10:15 and 11:15 PM. RSVP at 646-493-7092 if you’d like to join one.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. The David H. Koch Theater will host this enchanting performance through New Year’s Eve. Your kids will get a kick out of the one ton Christmas tree that “grows” to 40 feet onstage.
Flying solo this year? These festivities are perfect for single and for groups of friends.
Knitting Factory New Year’s Eve Party. This annual Brooklyn bash is always a blast, and this year’s party features sets by Savoir Adore, Luxxury and DJ Juan MacLean. The hour-long open bar is a nice treat, and the two dance floors will double your chance of meeting someone special.
Tao Uptown. Going for glamorous? Head to this iconic nightclub for a swanky party you won’t ever forget. Enjoy a four hour premium open bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live DJ performances and a free champagne toast at midnight.
Future Perfect New Year’s Eve Gala. Brooklyn’s House of Yes is a funky venue known for its over-the-top parties, and Future Perfect is no exception. You’ll have three rooms of live music and dancing to choose from, plus live performances and concoctions from the Elixir & Tincture Bar. The best part? Guests are highly encouraged to come as the idealized versions of themselves, so you can expect everyone to be dressed to impress.
Happy (almost) New Year!