2013

New Year’s Eve Concerts and Events

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It’s hard believe but 2013 has come and gone. By midweek, it will be 2014 and New York City will be in cleanup mode. But Tuesday is New Year’s Eve, and that mean it’s time to party. Here are the best New Year’s concerts, parties and events to ring in 2014 in NYC:

image via barclayscenter.com

image via barclayscenter.com

The best New Year’s Eve Cruise in town sets sail at 10 p.m.

Billy Joel will play Barclays Center with Ben Folds Five

Jill Scott will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall

There will be New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

image via nyrr.org

image via nyrr.org

Central Park will host a midnight run for NY Road Runners

The Disco biscuits will host the party at the Theater at MSG

Phish will take the main stage at Madison Square Garden

Gov’t Mule will play the Beacon Theatre

image via straightfresh.com

image via straightfresh.com

Deadmau5 plays Nassau Coliseum to ring in the new year

Gogol Bordello will be live at Terminal 5

 

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NYC Shuts Down Park Avenue for Summer Streets 2013

Will you be in New York in August? The Big Apple is full of surprises every day with the amount of events this summer that are fun and free! Come this August, Summer Streets will completely shut down Park Avenue and open up for you to just have fun! You can bring your bike, walk with family, or play and eat with friends. Summer Streets extends from Brooklyn to Central Park with six rest stops where the performances and activities open to all ages! The six rest stops are Uptown Rest Stop, Park Avenue Tunnel, Midtown Rest Stop, Astor Place, Soho Place, and Foley Square Rest Stop. Summer Streets will be held on 3 consecutive Saturdays in August — the 3rd, 10th, and 17th — from 7am to 1pm.

Check out all the free activities:

  • Fitness classes
  • Delicious food vendors
  • Rock climbing
  • Dance performances
  • Yoga
  •  Mini golf
  • Football
  • Public artwork

It gets better, for the first time in history Summer Streets are also opening up the “Voice Tunnel” which runs from 33rd Street to 40th Street. How cool is that to record your voice at the center of the tunnel into an intercom! About 100 voices will be illuminated in the tunnel at any given time.

Summer Restaurant Week 2013: July 22 to August 16

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Restaurant week is back again in NYC this summer. It is a week so big it lasts 20 days (July 22nd to August 16th). If you still don’t know how it works, participating restaurants offer sweet deals on prix fixe lunches and dinners. With more than 300 restaurant, including TONY’s top critics eateries, you can enjoy mouthwatering lunch for $25 and dinner for $38 without breaking the bank.

It is an opportunity to dine out at some of NYC’s most outstanding restaurants and a chance to try some of the top cuisines that delight your palate and define the art of dining in the Empire City.

Reservations for this beloved culinary tradition are already open, and you can find a list of the restaurants participating here. Go ahead! Indulge yourself!

How To Keep Up Your New Year’s Resolution in NYC

Last year our community manager, Shannon, offered up her 10 New Year’s resolutions in New York City.  As a native of Florida, there was so much in NYC that she still hadn’t explored and needed to experience.  This year, we are going to help you keep your resolutions when you come and visit the city that never sleeps.

Lose Weight

So you’ve gone to the gym for an entire week but on January 8th you are taking your family on a New York City vacation.  Don’t worry, there’s a simple solution: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Central Park Reservoir

As someone who has lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, I have not found a better place to run than the beautiful reservoir in Central Park.  Surrounding the reservoir is an all-dirt track 1.58 miles in length, which is perfect for walking or running at any pace.  The crowds never seem to get overwhelming and the track is wide enough that you never need to break stride to pass a group moving slower than you.  Plus, the scenery and surrounding Manhattan skyline is so beautiful that once you finish your workout, you’ll end up doing just one more lap because you won’t want to leave.

Spend More Time with the Family

You have a job that keeps you in the office all night and traveling during the weekends?  If you want to spend more time with your family, New York is the place to do it.  There are just about a billion restaurants in New York City that are perfect for the whole family and probably even more shows.  Go for a night on the town with dinner and a show.  Take a double-decker bus tour and see all of the sights together.  Take a stroll through the Museum of Natural History where anyone from 8-80 year old will find something they love.  There are so many things to do in New York with the family that you won’t be disappointed.

Quit Smoking

This is a popular resolution, and really, you should come to NYC just kick this one off because you pretty much can’t smoke here.  There is no smoking in any restaurants or bars in New York.  There is no smoking at sporting stadiums, beaches, boardwalks, golf courses, playgrounds, or pedestrian plazas like Times Square and Herald Square.  All New York City Parks are almost entirely smoke free.  If you are a law-abiding citizen trying to quit smoking, a trip to New York City isn’t a bad idea.

Learn Something New

No one wants to go another year with the same, useless knowledge dwindling around in their heads.  It’s time to re-educate ourselves.  And where is the perfect place to learn some new things, you ask?  (Hint: there’s a theme here)

New York Public Library

In New York City!  Stop in one of the world’s most incredible libraries, the New York Public Library on 5th and 40th.  Go to one of NYC’s famous museums like the Guggenheim or the MoMA, or maybe go to a less famous museum like the National Museum of the American Indian near Battery Park.  You won’t regret it.

So, what is your New Year’s Resolution?  How do you plan on keeping it up while you’re visiting New York City this year?  Tell us in the comments or share with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Credit 1: Flickr / Ana Paula Hirama

Photo Credit 2: ShutterStock

*There are not actually a billion restaurants in NYC, but there sure are a lot.

New Year’s Eve in NYC: On the Water

NYE Cruise

Editor’s Note: This post was initially published on our sister company, CitySightseeing NY’s blog, and we are republishing it here because we believe that the information provided will serve our fans well. Enjoy!

There is no place in the world better to celebrate the New Year in than New York City.  Millions of people descend upon the boroughs to take part in one of the most exciting nights of the year.  Some go to Times Square to watch the ball drop in person.  Some go to overcrowded nightclubs where Auld Lang Syne is replaced with house music.  This year, there might be a better option.

Have you ever enjoyed the New Year on the water?  Count down the seconds to a new beginning on the Hudson River?  Why no, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to have such a magical experience. Here are two great options:

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise ($150)

  • 3 hour cruise
  • Open bar
  • Live DJ entertainment & dancing
  • Champagne toast at midnight
  • Desserts and coffee
  • Light food options available for purchase on board

 New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise ($275)

  • 5 hour cruise
  • Premium open bar
  • Live DJ entertainment & dancing
  • Champagne toast at midnight
  • Passing Butlered Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Formal Sit Down Dinner Includes:
    • Salad
    • Surf & Turf: Prime Rib & Shrimp
    • Medley of Seasonal Vegetable
    • Oven Roasted Baby New Potates
    • Dessert
    • Coffee & Herbal Tea

This year, don’t worry about fighting the crowd to get a good spot (or a good drink). Reserve your spot on a New Year’s Eve Harbor Cruise and enjoy the night.

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