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New Year’s Eve in NYC

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The places to be this New Year's Eve in NYC.

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights in the Big Apple, and there’s an endless number of ways you can spend the night celebrating. We’ll run-down the city’s best ways to ring in the New Year.

Don’t drop the ball on New York City’s festivities for New Year’s Eve — believe it or not, there are in fact other things to do in the city aside from braving the crowds of Times Square. Here are a few of the best options for how you should spend the year’s biggest evening.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Not keen on big crowds? Snuggle up with your partner over free hot cocoa and enjoy live music and a firework celebration (as TimeOut points out) at midnight over Park Slope. The (completely free!) celebration takes place at Grand Army Plaza, right inside Prospect Park.

Annaleigh Ashford

Sylvia and Kinky Boots star Annaleigh Ashford will be ringing in the new year with a cabaret party at Feinstein’s/54 Below for those of us nostalgic for the 1970s. Ring in the New Year with all its glam, with guests receiving a full three-course meal, complete with champagne.  After midnight, the club reverts back to its disco-dancing routine and continue on through the new year.

Ride in the New Year

Here’s your chance to bring your wheels to the party. Grab your bike (or skates) along for this free group night-ride event, as listed by Times Up. Beginning at either the Brooklyn-side entrance of the Williamsburg Bridge at 9:45 or the Washington Square Park Arch at 10, the ride will end at Belvedere Castle in Central Park, where the revelry will begin. The city’s best free dance party takes place in Central Park following the ride of your life.

Harbor Lights Cruise

Black-tie, open bar, full dinner buffet, breathtaking views of the New York City Skyline: what more could you ask for? Hop aboard the Harbor Lights Cruise yacht to a spectacular boat party for hours on end. With you and 400 other guests, there is no doubt that this cruise will offer you an unforgettable night.

Family friendly New Year’s at Madame Tussauds New York

Celebrate the New Year with over 200 of your favorite (wax) celebrities. Complete with a DJ, a 4D cinema, and within a half block away from the Ball Drop Zone, a celebration at Madame Tussauds will guarantee you a special night. Not to be missed is a special package that includes a live look at the ball drop from Madame Tussauds’ Viewing Gallery.

Ball Drop in Times Square

But of course, we can’t skip the iconic tradition of celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple: watching the ball drop during the year’s waning seconds in Times Square. While joining the masses in the center of Manhattan is certainly an option, there are a few other hassle-free options to consider: on live TV, an official live stream, and of course a live app, on which you can watch the ball drop on your phone at the tap of your finger. For Times Square party-goers, opt for a ball drop pass that gives you access to drinks, food, and parties throughout Times Square. Feeling nostalgic? Relive last year’s celebration here


For added holiday fun check out the #AffiniaHoliday Map, which we brought to life in this video.

(Main image credit: Andy/flickr)