There’s a lot to celebrate when it comes to ringing in a new year. With a fresh slate of possibilities on the horizon, it’s no surprise that champagne, caviar, and fireworks are go-to staples of the holiday. But every now and then a break from the expected can be a welcome change. If you’re looking to celebrate a little differently this year, New York City is the perfect playground. Here are some ideas for putting a creative spin on your NYE festivities.
Sail Under the Fireworks with World Yacht
Want your champagne and fireworks without the hustle and bustle of a large party or Times Square? Then book your tickets for World Yacht’s elegant New Year’s Eve Cruise, which features a gourmet dinner, open bar, views of the Statue of Liberty and a live DJ. What better way to close out the year than sailing along the Manhattan skyline during a dazzling fireworks display?
Attend a Concert for Peace
Morningside Height’s St. John the Divine church has been hosting New Year’s Eve Concerts for Peace since 1984. Originally started by composer Leonard Bernstein, the tradition continues with performances by the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra. This year’s special guests include Paul Winter, Jamet Pittman, and David Briggs. This musical event is free to the public, but guests are also welcome to reserve their seats ahead of time.
Sweat-In the New Year with NYRR Midnight Run
If dancing the night away isn’t your cup of tea but you love to mark special occasions with a physical challenge (think Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving), then the NYRR Midnight Run is right up your alley. Organized by the New York Road Runners, this annual race begins at 11:59 pm on December 31st in Central Park. The four-mile run ensures that you will be chasing your best as the new year’s clock begins.
Feast on Korean Beef at Cote
When all else fails, celebrate with a fantastic meal. To switch up your regular NYE dining routine, try lauded Korean barbeque and steakhouse Cote on West 22nd Street (just a twenty-minute cab ride from The Wagner). With smokeless grills at every table and premium cuts from their in-house dry-aging room, their New Year’s Eve menu is sure to satisfy your carnivorous tastebuds.