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10 New Year’s Resolutions for New Yorkers

A worker begins sweeping Times Square after New Year's Eve celebrations ended in New York.

Photo Credit: Marcus Yam/The New York Times

Happy New Year, New York. 2013 is a thing of the past, and we resolve to make 2014 the best year yet! When you’re not out seeing the sights of New York City, here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions for New York City

Get in shape by running around the Reservoir

Central Park Reservoir
Cut back on the junk food and start ordering salads on Seamless


Spend more time in restaurants and bars and public parks to help kick that smoking habit


Visit one of the NYC museums you’ve never been to before


Finally wait in that long line to try some of the famous NYC style pizza at Grimaldi’s


Spend more time in the outer boroughs (even Staten Island!)


Go and see a new Broadway Show

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Take the subway or buses instead of taxis to save money


Get off the subway a stop early and walk the rest of the way for some extra exercise


Do something touristy and take in the city you call home

bus tour

So, what are your New Year’s Resolutions? Tell us on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

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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

 

New Year’s Eve in New York City

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It is never more true that New York City is the center of the universe than on New Year’s Eve. Everyone around the world is tuned in to Times Square for the ball drop and ringing in of the new year. This year, NYC once again takes charge of the celebration with an endless string parties. Let’s take a look at what we have in store:

New York City New Year’s Eve Parties 2014

New York Party Cruise

Ring in the new year unlike any other, from the water on the Hudson River. Watch the fireworks as the clock strikes midnight and of course, enjoy the open bar!

New Year’s Eve Nightclub Parties in NYC

All of the top clubs in NYC will be throwing some special parties to celebrate the passing of 2013 and entering of 2014. These typically include 3-6 hour open bars, live DJs, tons of dancing and tons of fun!

New Year’s Eve Concerts in NYC

New Year’s Eve is known for having some of the best shows, and this year is no different. Check out everyone from Billy Joel at Barclays Center to Delta Spirit at Brooklyn Bowl.

Times Square 2014 Ball Drop

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to brave the cold and be the focal point of the night. Everyone around the world watches the ball drop in Times Square on TV, why not see it in person? It’s free, it’s fun, just get there early.

So what are you doing for NYE 2014? Tweet us @graylinenewyork!

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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New Year’s Eve in Times Square NYC

New Years Eve in Times Square

New Years Eve in Times Square

Winter is the season when time flies by.  One day you’re preparing your signature dish for Thanksgiving dinner and next thing you know, you counting down from 10 as the ball drops in Times Square.

Don’t let New Year’s Eve sneak up on you this year.  If you want to celebrate the New Year in New York City, it’s time to start preparing now.  Let’s take a look at one of The Big Apple’s greatest traditions: watching the ball drop in Times Square on December 31st.

As the clock approaches 12 and the ball begins descending from atop One Times Square, the whole world stops to watch.  In fact, over one billion people worldwide watch the ball drop live on TV.  If you’re going to be in New York for New Year’s, you don’t want to watch the ball drop on TV; you want to see it in person!

  • New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a free event.  You don’t need to pay, you don’t need a ticket; you just have to get there early if you want a good spot.  And I mean really early, because one million other people will pack in to Times Square to see the ball drop live, too. The streets are closed down at 3 p.m. and by midnight the closest that you will get to the ball is Central Park.
  • December 31st is in the middle of the winter.  Since we’re still over a month away we don’t have a weather report yet, but winter nights in New York City typically get pretty cold.  If you’re going to be standing outside all night to watch the ball drop, you better dress warm.  Wear layers and bring hand warmers.  You’re going to need them.
  • Performances:  Taylor Swift is slated to perform live on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Times Square.  There is no word on when or how long she will perform.  More celebrity appearances are expected to be announced in the near future.

If you are coming to NYC but don’t want to fight the crowds on Times Square, you might want to try a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise and ring in the new year from the water (with an open bar).

For more information on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, visit timessquarenyc.com

Photo Credit: Flickr/Lin Hsin Yao

NYE in New York City

Well this should be a special NYE in New York for all the Jersey Shore fans.  MTV has announced that Snooki will be inside the famous non-disco ball to ring in the New Year and the MTV New Year’s Bash.

Aside from the festivities, here are some tips if you’re considering standing outside in Times Square for the celebration. 1. First and foremost, bundle up! It can get pretty cold and if its windy, it will cut you up.  2. If you really want a good view, then you have no choice but to be out there early in the day. No joke, people start lining up early in the day for the 12am festivity. 3. Make sure you scope out a restaurant or hotel with an easy access bathroom if you plan to stay out there that long. 4. Grab lots of hot drinks and eats, food will raise the body temperature.

As far as safety, its pretty safe. Lots of police surround the festivities.