There is no place in the world like New York City to celebrate the arrival of 2019. If the heart of the celebrations will be this year too Times Square, with sensational shows, lights and the iconic countdown clock scanned by the Ball Drop, visitors to the city will find numerous New Year events in all five districts.
“Times Square New Year’s Eve is one of the most striking and iconic celebrations in the world and we invite visitors and residents to participate in this incredible show,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “New York City is preparing to welcome travelers in style, offering a unique program of events, in all five districts, to start the unforgettable way 2019”.
The celebrations in Times Square for the New Year will start on December 13th when the two numbers 1 and 9 in giant format will be on display in the most famous square in the world, until December 22nd. The perfect shot to share on Instagram!
On December 28th from 12.00 to 13.00 on Times Square’s Broadway Plaza, the Good Riddance Day will take place, in collaboration with the company Shred-in, to destroy the bad memories of 2018 and start the new year.
From December 1st to December 29th, the Times 2019 dreams and good intentions, collected in sheets of colored paper, can be added to the Times Square Plaza Wishing Wall. At New Year’s Eve, at midnight, all wishes will be launched as confetti on the crowd as a good omen for the New Year.
Those who will not be able to visit the Wishing Wall in person, will be able to share their wishes in electronic format, through the website, on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ConfettiWish.
The Ball Drop
The real New Year’s tradition in NYC is the Ball Drop, the descent of the luminous sphere from the One Times Square skyscraper to the countdown at midnight of the New Year. Become an iconic symbol all over the world, the sphere weighs about 6 tons and is covered by 2,688 Waterford crystals, which illuminate the night with over 16 million kaleidoscopic colors. The premises nearby will offer their guests a toast with a view, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
The famous New Year’s Eve show Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest will broadcast Times Square celebrations around the world. The show will be presented by Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy with the intervention of numerous international stars (to be announced).
To watch the event live worldwide visit timesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc and TimesSquareBall.net.
Midtown hotels are ready to welcome the New Year with exclusive parties and big celebrations. Here are some suggestions …
The New York Marriott Marquis offers a five-course dinner with unlimited open bar and entertainment at The View Restaurant & Lounge, with 360-degree views of Times Square.
The Peninsula New York hosts two events for the New Year’s Eve: the exclusive Salon Den Ning, on the rooftop, offers gourmet dinner parties and midnight toast with champagne, while the Clement restaurant becomes the location of a luxurious gala dinner that will continue over midnight with music and dancing.
Ai Fiori, the hotel restaurant The Langham, on Fifth Avenue, offers a special four-course menu, only on request, and a New Year’s tasting menu with French and Italian cuisine.
The Haven Rooftop Lounge, on the top floor of the Sanctuary Hotel, offers a special evening with an open bar, a gourmet aperitif and an exclusive party with DJ sets. Guests can personalize their evening based on the different premium packages offered by the hotel.
Not just Midtown
In addition to Midtown Manhattan, there are many initiatives in the city …
- From 21.00 to 01.00 on 31 December, visitors can enjoy a cruise on board the Circle Line to admire the incredible view of the skyline and the impressive fireworks display on the Hudson River. Live music and midnight toast will be the setting for this incredible evening. (Manhattan)
- The Empire State Building will celebrate the end of 2018 with a colorful LED lighting that will remain lit until December 31st. Five minutes before midnight the building will turn white to sparkle until dawn on 1 January 2019.
- From December 28th to 31st, the rock band Phish will return to Madison Square Garden for her 60th performance. The public will be able to greet the New Year by singing and dancing the 90s hits. (Manhattan)
- The four-time Grammy winner, Renee Fleming, will perform with the philharmonic and new conductor Jaap van Zweden for the New York Philarmonic annual New Year concert. (Manhattan)
- The NYRR Midnight Run, the New Year’s race in Central Park, is dedicated to the athletes. The departure is scheduled at 22:00 from Rumsey Playfield for a 6km route that will end with a fireworks show. (Manhattan)
- A luxurious and glamorous New Year’s Eve proposed by the Loews Regency Hotel. The Park Avenue, on the Upper East Side, offers a special package with suite accommodation and celebrations at The Regency Bar & Grill restaurant with dinner, open bar and midnight toast with champagne. All packages must be booked before December 28th. (Manhattan)
Visitors are invited to start the New Year with Brooklyn District President Eric L. Adams at the 39th edition of The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration, which will take place in the historic Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The event is free with live entertainment and extraordinary fireworks. (Brooklyn)
This year Coney Island USA will host for the fifth time the annual New Year’s Eve party at Steeplechase Plaza, complete with a firework display from the famous Parachute Jump. For the occasion, restaurants and waterfront attractions will be open, including the Carousell B & B, Deno’s Wonder Wheel and the Thunderbolt roller coaster. A digital ball drop will host 2019 and at 1:00 am the show Circus Sideshow Fire Spectacular will take place. (Brooklyn)
Also in Coney Island, as per tradition, the first swim in the Ocean organized by Polar Bear Club will take place on January 1st. Registration is free and the appointment is scheduled for 1.00 pm at Stillwell Avenue waterfront. At the end of the swim, you can access the New York Aquarium and warm up at the Coney Island Brewing Company. (Brooklyn)
The Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City, celebrates the New Year’s Eve with a multicultural celebration that includes a buffet dinner, open bar and midnight toast. The menu includes Asian duck breast, lamb chops with thyme and rosemary and the classic New York Strip marinated on the grill. (Queens)
The Resorts World Casino, the only casino in New York City, invites guests to Bar360 for New Year’s Eve. Several concerts are scheduled, including that of the TKA K7, a New York rap group of the 90s. In addition, guests will be able to use the more than 4,200 slot machines and 1,300 electronic casino table games. Admission is allowed only to those over 21 years of age. (Queens)
The Yankee Stadium is also preparing this year to convert the baseball diamond into a football field to host the ninth edition of New Year’s New Year Pinstripe Bowl. Visitors can admire and support the best university teams during the annual football match and discover the renowned gastronomy of the neighborhood. Nearby, you can stay in the historic Opera House Hotel. (The Bronx)
The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show will remain open until 6.00 pm on January 1st. This annual exhibition hosts numerous model trains moving within a miniature New York City with over 175 building reconstructions, including news like the Oculus, the One World Trade Center and the Battery Maritime Building. (The Bronx)
The Hilton Garden Inn, located on Staten Island in the heart of a protected wood of 167 hectares, will host a gala dinner in its sumptuous ballroom with live music and DJ set until 1.00. All-inclusive tickets are available which include an overnight stay in the King Suite. (Staten Island)