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Happy New Year!
Our offices will be closed on Friday, December 31 in observance of New Year’s Eve. We will reopen on Monday, January 3 at 9am.
There’s no better place to be than in New York for New Years! If you are in town for the weekend, NYC has a plethora of events to ring in the New Year! Here are a few of our favorites:
New Year’s Eve in Times Square:
Jam-packed with tourists from everywhere, and an occasional New Yorker that must experience this at least once in their lifetime, this event is the crown jewel of New Years events!
For 106 years, Times Square has been the center of worldwide attention on New Year’s Eve, ever since the owners of One Times Square began in 1904 to conduct rooftop celebrations to greet the New Year. The first Ball Lowering celebration occurred in 1907, and this tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year. More history.
Scheduled events start at 600pm, culminating with a spectacular fireworks display.
At 11:59, the Times Square 2010 Special Guest and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg push the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the final sixty-second countdown to the New Year at the Nivea Countdown Stage.
The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds. The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds. The Ball is covered with 2688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs. For specific details on the Ball, with videos and pictures, click here.
At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2011” burst to life shining high above Times Square.
The world-famous New Year’s Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects.
For a detailed schedule of event, and updates, please visit source Times Square Alliance.
New Years Eve Cruise:
New Year’s Eve on the Harbor! Start 2010 with a bang and a front row seat to the Fireworks on the New York Harbor! Spend your evening on our magnificent yacht enjoying an open bar, hors d’œuvres, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight!
Depart from NYC or Jersey. Limited Tickets $195 per person. Reserve online or call 877-523-9849.
Holiday Train Show:
All aboard for the Transit Museum’s 9th annual Holiday Train Show! New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal On a two-level, 34-foot long layout, Lionel trains travel through a miniature Manhattan to the North Pole. The exhibit features New York City Transit’s R-16 and R-30 Subway Sets, which join the R-27, Metro-North, Long Island Railroad, New York Central, and Pennsylvania Railroad cars to represent every mode of New York rail travel is displayed in miniature! Vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection are also on view.
A seasonal tradition, the Train Show is a great way to start your tour of historic Grand Central Terminal. Don’t miss the laser light show in the Main Concourse, great shops and restaurants, and the Transit Museum booth at the Holiday Gift Fair in Vanderbilt Hall!
Admission is free and open through January 17, 2011 at Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St between Vanderbilt and Lex at the Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master’s Office. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday-10 a.m. to 6 p.p. Closed major holidays and for special events. For information call 212-878-0106.
The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience at Madame Tussauds:
The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience is back at Madame Tussauds New York, just in time for the holidays! This unique cinematic experience will enable you to smell the aroma of hot chocolate, feel the icy chill of snow brushing past your face, hear the roar of the locomotive and feel as though you are a passenger aboard the magical Polar Express as you follow the story of a young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve! It’s a full-sensory adventure that is perfect for the entire family. (Trailer)
Holiday hours are 10am to 10pm from Thursday, November 25-Sunday, January 2. Purchase your all access pass online, which includes general admission to Madame Tussauds NY, SCREAM, Polar Express, Madame Tussauds Story, and Behind the Scenes, to save up to 20%.
Start the year off by giving back! NYC Service, run by the City of New York, knows that everyone has something to offer. They can assist you with using your time, passion, skills and willingness to help address New York’s most pressing needs. Simply visit their website, and answer this question: I want to help New York with: ________. You can search volunteer opportunities by a variety of variables such as date, area, and your specialties.
Ice skating in the City is a beloved seasonal tradition. Whether you are participating or watching, the only problem is which of our World famous rinks do you choose from?
Too cold to skate outdoors? Here are some indoor rinks in NYC:
Happy New Year!
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