Places to Spend New Year's That Aren't Times Square

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If you don't want to ring in 2017 in Times Square or a cramped apartment party, here are a few other options.

It's a question that haunts many New Yorkers this time of year: what to do for New Year's Eve? Well, if you don't want to ring in 2017 in Times Square or at a cramped apartment party, here are few other options.

  • Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza: If you're planning on keeping it low-key — maybe some hot-chocolate instead of champagne — you can head to Prospect Park on Saturday for live music and fireworks at midnight. It starts at 11 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve bike ride: Want to avoid the subways the night of the 31st? Cyclists (and roller skaters) are meeting at Washington Square Park at 10 p.m. and riding up to Belvedere Castle in Central Park, then ending the night with fireworks and dance party.

Finally, some options if you want to party but are still a bit broke from holiday shopping:

  • The Knockdown Center in Queens is having DJs and performers on more that three stages (and a free shuttle running from the Jefferson L train starting at 9 p.m.) Tickets start at $25.