This New Year’s Eve, we aren’t just saying goodbye to the past year, but we are closing out the second decade of the 21st century.  We’ve rounded up the best ways to close out 2019 and welcome in 2020. From physically smashing old bad memories, to watching an all day poetry reading marathon, check out our picks for how to kick off a brand new decade in New York City:



Good Riddance Day in Times Square

A man smashes a laptop in Times Square for Good Riddance DayPhotograph by Hannah Lee, Courtesy of the Times Square Alliance

Start the new decade with a clean slate by getting rid of whatever negativity you are holding on to from the past. At Times Square’s Good Riddance Day, participants can take part in a practice of purging inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers stuff dolls with objects representing bad memories and then set them on fire. On December 28th, bring the physical manifestation of your ad memories, whether its something to smash, toss or shred, to Broadway plaza.

The cathartic destruction will take place between 45th and 46th streets from 12–1pm. You can register for a free ticket to this event here. One lucky attendee will win two tickets to see Mean Girls on Broadway.

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