New Year’s Eve fireworks at Grand Army Plaza. Image via Jeff Bachner/BrooklynPaper
New York City has always one of the most exciting places to be at the turn of a new year. Whether you like energetic parties or prefer more mellow New Year’s celebrations, this week, we have a quite few different events for you to reign in 2016. Of course, there are also other interesting things to do throughout the entire week, including experimental choreography in Washington Square and snow globe making.
In addition, the Museum of the City of New York is offering a free cup of Blue Marble Ice Cream on New Year’s Eve from December 26 to January 3rd.
Keep up your holiday spirit with “Watercolors of the Season” at the Museum of the City of New York, where you can explore pictures from the museum’s Collection Portal to see how artists and photographers have visualized New York City winters over time. Then, use this as inspiration for your own painting (geared towards younger children).
Classical music buffs will love the first event of this week: P.D.Q Bach, The Golden Anniversary. For those who don’t know, P.D.Q Bach is a fictional composer (meant to be Bach’s “forgotten son,”) created by musical satirist Peter Schickle. Though audiences don’t usually laugh at classical concerts, the music of P.D.Q Bach is sure to make this happen. For the first time in 10 years, there will be a P.D.Q Bach concert on Dec 28 and 29 in the Town Hall on the West Side. Schickle himself will be there for this 50th anniversary celebration, so this is a must-attend for music lovers.
What better way to start the winter season than making your own snow globes? Head over to the Museum of the City of New York from 11am-2pm, where you’ll not only make snow globes showing what defines your life, but learn the history of New York City’s famous skyscrapers.
A new year is a fresh beginning for everyone, and Good Riddance Day will make sure you start with the clean slate you wanted. At this annual event in Times Square, you’ll be able to destroy any horrible memories you regret to make way for better ones in the coming year. You’ll also be taking part in a cultural tradition in which New Year’s celebrants stuff dolls with objects representing bad memories before setting them to flames-Good Riddance Day is actually based on this.
Since New Yorkers are already used to seeing the Times Square ball drop, they should instead see the Brooklyn ball drop. The ball ascents 15 feet each hour from 7pm to midnight, reaching a final height of 70 feet. It’s 10 feet in diameter, and weighs 4,418 pounds. Oh, and no worries, there’s still confetti! Even better, there’ll be a surprise in the sky right after the last few seconds of 2015 are counted down.
For an even more energetic way to celebrate the new year, try The Celestial Ball. Dances of Vice say that at this event, you’ll “ find yourself dancing amidst a constellation of interplanetary puppets, moonlit magicians, and diamantine performers who will sparkle with the same intensity as the bubbly in your glass.” There will also be performances from fire dancers, puppets and musicians as well as a “splendid Dionysian feast.”
Calm-seeking New Yorkers will want to check out the fireworks show over Park Slope. Live music starts at 11pm at Grand Army Plaza, and the fireworks start at midnight at Long Meadow. Another perk: free hot cocoa!
If you’re feeling adventurous (and a little insane), spend the first day of 2016 plunging into the freezing Atlantic Ocean in plain clothes with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. The club holds the New Year’s Day Swim every year, which hundreds attend.
50 First Jokes NYC is sure to make you start the year off with a good laugh. This event, at The Bell House in Brooklyn, features both veteran and newbie stand-up comedians coming up stage and sharing the first new joke they’ve written since the ball dropped. In addition, 2016 is the 10-year anniversary of the show, so it’s a great idea to check it out now!
Take a break this Sunday and check out the daily tree lighting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, because there are only three days left to do it. Since most people are familiar with the Rockefeller tree, many don’t know that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has had a long holiday tradition lighting its Christmas tree daily. The tree is a must-see; a bright, twenty-foot blue spruce with eighteenth-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs floating throughout its boughs, as well as realistic creche figures around the Nativity scene and recorded music.