At this writing, everyone is busy with the Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanzaa preparations. This is at-home or, if you are very lucky, visiting New York City. But now is a good time to plan-for New Year’s Eve here and the relatively quiet time that happens through January of each new year. Three Kings Day is celebrated on January 6 in the Latin communities; still great merchandise in the stores; museum major exhibits lure visitors in from the cold; our hotel pricing certainly spins downwards; airfare is almost a real bargain; the Javits Convention Center is so busy. Broadway theatres are alive and easier to book. Restaurants really want you to come in and enjoy–even if your new year’s diet resolution has taken hold. Ice skating goes on till March and April now. But, let’s start with New Year’s Eve and all that visitors can do besides freeze in Times Square. The Times Square Alliance website gives all instructions and details for joining the thousands of revelers. You have to be here very, very early, strict policing.
THE most important city event–a lot easier than Times Square! Worth your choice! Come to Central Park for the all-weather terrific celebration — dance, drink, sing, applaud, run, dress crazy!
For after-midnight, join this terrific group of bicyclists–weather permitting TimeOut Magazine reports it all. and Elton John plays the Barclay Center! Webster Hall Music into the New Year–lots of music! Dance your Happy New Year The music tribute to George Gershwin by the New York Philharmonic Everything else happening at Lincoln Center Dancing’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center! REAL dancing! Dress Up! St. Barts New Year’s Eve Concert December 31, 11:00 pm to past midnight Join a huge crowd greeting the new year crossing the Brooklyn Bridge Even the cold isn’t cold in this happy crowd.
And now it is 2015, an easy number to remember for the next 365 days, 2015. Read through these highlights for lovers, sports fans, families, antiques fanatics, boat people, the GLTB community, kids—pretty much everyone NOT going to Florida.
Madison Square Garden has undergone an important updating recently and is a favorite concert and sports venue, home to New York Knicks Basketball and Rangers Hockey, Liberty Women’s Basketball and so many concerts. Billy Joel has made it his perfomance home. About 20,000 seats, but also home to the smaller Theater at Madison Square Garden. Here are annual family shows, events and theatricals including Cirque du Soleil, the NFL and NBA Drafts. Barclay Center just over the East River (made famous by William and Kate recently!) almost never sleeps, and the Prudential Center in nearby Newark is the third great venue. Disney on Ice loves January here.
The Jacob Javits Expo Center here in Midtown West is jam-packed during January: ACCESSORIES, THE BOAT SHOW and THE NY TIMES TRAVEL SHOW are the biggies. With Park 79 Hotel also on the West Side, it’s an easy subway-X-Town bus to the door. Check our EVENTS pages.
Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea has interesting winter shows: Textile Design and Functional Art, while early March welcome Vintage Clothing.
So close to Park 79 Hotel, and a good reason some guests always choose our hotel, is the Beacon Theatre. Starlights this January: Dancing with the Stars, the 15th; Fleetwood Mac, January 22, Billy Idol, the 28th.