Where to Go and What to See at New Year's
You've seen it on TV, so why not visit in person? New York City is a quintessential destination on New Year's Eve. And, believe it or not, it's not just all about Times Square and the Ball Drop. New York is famous for its nightlife and party atmosphere, and naturally all of that goes up by several levels on the biggest party holiday of the year. From the bars and clubs to the outdoor areas such as Times Square and other parks, these are the best places to spend New Year's Eve in New York City.
Bryant Park, located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan, is situated next to the Main Branch of the New York Public Library. Featuring a large field in the summer, and a very popular ice skating rink in the winter, this community park is a nice spot to relax, enjoy a quiet setting, have a picnic, or go for a walk.
6th Ave at 41st Street, New York, New York, 10018
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan is one of the city's most famous public parks. Visitors here can find the huge Washington Arch which is a large, marble triumphant arch which serves as a landmark and honors the nation's first president. In front of the arch is a nice fountain. The arch also serves as the terminus for 5th Avenue. Also located in the square is a monument to Alexander Lyman Holley, along with some walking paths, benches, and shaded tree areas which make for a nice and relaxing picnic spot.
Washington Square Village, NYC, New York
Times Square is one of the most famous areas in New York City. It's known for its brightly lit billboards which really brighten the city at night. But even if you visit during the day you'll find the area filled with energy, activity, and people. If the crowds get to be too much, there are bleachers set up on one side where you can sit and take a break. Times Square is also recognizable as the location of the iconic ball drop on New Years Eve. It's also an entertainment center for the city.
Times Square is in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
Prospect Park is located in Brooklyn and is a family-friendly place to explore with a carousel, a zoo, and Greenmarket. There's plenty of grassy areas and green space where you can enjoy a picnic or meet some friends at the ball fields for a pick-up game. During the warmer months you can also catch some outdoor music or even a show at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Chelsea is an artsy neighborhood with more than 300 art galleries. It's also been home to many famous artists and is filled with cultural activities as well as restaurants, bars, and shops. If you want to enjoy a touch of nature in the city, head to High Line Park, or you can get an impressive view of the city from the observatory deck at the Empire State Building, which is within walking distance.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in New York City. The bridge crosses the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was completed in 1883 and, with its arches and suspension cables, it was the world's first steel suspension bridge. The bridge offers impressive views of the city and many visitors enjoy biking or walking across the bridge.
NYC, New York, 10038
Greenwich Village, also called "The Village," was once a Bohemian neighborhood but it has evolved to become a more expensive area that attracts families, artists, and young professionals. The community is very friendly with a lot of bakeries, restaurants, and festivals including a Halloween Parade and the Gay Pride Parade.
How much does it cost?
Prices for activities, things to do, and tours range from $35 to $320. The average cost for a tour or tickets is $151. A few of the best options are below.
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