New Year’s Eve in NYC is an extra-special experience, here are a few top things to do to celebrate the turn of 2019 across the city:
Times Square Ball Drop
Celebrate the arrival of 2019 with the world’s biggest New Year’s celebration. It’s a chance to catch live music and other performances before and after midnight, and be part of this unique party that the whole world is watching. Last year’s performers were Nick Jonas, Sugarland, Camilla Cabello and Mariah Carey. It’s best to get to Times Square as early as possible; street closures begin during the midafternoon, and the choicest spots are usually filled by 3pm or earlier.
New York Road Runners Midnight Run
The four-mile New Year’s Eve run (what better way to kick off those resolutions?) counts down at 11:59pm and sets off as the clock tolls midnight; consider the pre-race music and dancing (beginning at 10pm) to be evening-appropriate handicaps. The event also includes prize money for runners who place.
New Year’s Eve Grand Army Plaza Firework Display
Check out Brooklyn’s dazzling New Year Eve’s display with the Grand Army Plaza fireworks, just off Prospect Park. This free event is fun for all ages. The fireworks begin at midnight, but get there early if you come by car; parking spots can be scarce. The best places for viewing are along Prospect Park’s West Drive and between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
High Bar New Years Eve Party
Want to enjoy the atmosphere of NYE but without the crowds? Enjoy incredible views of Times Square from High Bar, located at the top of DoubleTree by Hilton Times Square West. Purchase tickets for a dinner and/or open bar package here. Enjoy an overnight stay and take full advantage of a delicious New Year’s Day brunch at Tranzit Restaurant.