New York City firework show from the Hudson River in Manhattan

The Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in New York

If you plan to celebrate New Year in New York then you’ll be a part of one of the world’s most exciting celebrations. You’re sure to make unforgettable memories of fireworks, entertainment, crowds, and festivities. The city offers a variety of ways to take a bite out the Big Apple’s celebration scene.

Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square

If watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve is on your bucket list then you’re not alone. Over one million spectators gather from around the world each year to do just that.

Crowding into Times Square for the festivities is not for the faint of heart. Folks begin gathering in the early afternoon of December 31. Once you arrive you’d better be prepared to stay for the duration. If you need to leave you can be sure someone is waiting to quickly snatch up your spot. Bring plenty of snacks and drinks though you might want to limit the drinks as you won’t have an opportunity for toilet breaks.

Some years the weather has fully cooperated offering an unseasonably mild New Year’s Eve but other years visitors to the city are not so lucky. The weather in this part of the county is usually quite chilly. Well, chilly might be an understatement as it can be downright cold. The best you can hope for is that it’s at least dry but either way be sure to dress in plenty of layers.

Viewing the ball dropping might have its challenges but you are guaranteed a New Year’s Eve memory to last a lifetime.

If standing in crowds for hours on end on a freezing cold winter’s night is not your idea of fun, the city provides many other ways to enjoy the New Year’s Eve excitement.

New Year’s Eve Cruises

Visitors find cruising the Hudson to be an enjoyable, civilized way to take part in the city’s festivities. Several cruise lines offer a variety of different ways to enjoy the New Year in New York while gliding on the river.

Timeline Yacht New Year’s Eve 2019 Fireworks Boat Party

Enjoy the city’s hottest DJ entertainment, open bar and gourmet buffet on the yacht’s three levels and four luxurious decks. The celebration leads up to a spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty at midnight.

Atlantis Yacht

You’re sure to be pampered aboard the newest luxury yacht in New York City. Glide along the Hudson while enjoying a 5-hour open bar, live DJ entertainment, and a dinner buffet.

Harbour Lights Yacht

Dance the night away from the inside comfort of this stunning vessel. Partake in an open bar 8:30 to midnight and dinner buffet while sailing past the city’s celebrations.

Queen of Hearts

Get your party on aboard the Queen of Hearts for a NYE party cruise celebration like no other. Breathtaking views and spectacular fireworks displays are enjoyed by all aboard this on-the-water nightclub. It offers a 3-hour open bar and full dinner buffet for its guest.

Lucille Yacht

Bring the whole family aboard for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration. This family-friendly luxurious yacht will make memories to be cherished for years. It offers a 3-hour open bar, reserved seating, and an expertly prepared dinner buffet.

Rooftop Bars to Ring in 2019

If you like the idea of celebrating indoors but prefer to stay on land then check out some of the city’s best rooftop bars hosting 2019 celebrations.

Penthouse 760

760 8th Ave at 46th•New York, NY

The newest rooftop nightclub in Times Square offers 3 levels of entertainment to take in all the Times Square NYE excitement from above. Its party offers a 4-hour open bar and a full buffet.

Hyatt Centric Times Square

135 W 45th St•New York, NY

Boasting the tallest rooftop lounge in the city, Hyatt Centric is prime real estate for those interested in sipping champagne and ringing in 2019 in the most decadent way possible.

DL (Delancy & Ludlow)

95 Delancy St•New York•NY

Considered one of the trendiest rooftop bars and the place where all “the beautiful people” gather, DL offers a heated rooftop bar and the best NYE party scene in the Lower East Side. Leave the bustle of Times Square and celebrate New Year in New York with the city’s elite.

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