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New Year’s Day in NYC

Published: December 12th, 2019

New Year’s Eve in New York City is one of the most thrilling days of the year! Many visitors will spend it in Times Square celebrating the last moments of the year and eagerly awaiting the ball drop, while others may sit down to quiet dinner out with friends and loved ones. The first day of the New Year is typically a relaxing one, but if you are visiting New York on holiday and want to make the most of it, allow us to recommend some New Year’s Day Fun!

Go out to Brunch

After a night out we are certain you will want to sleep in a little later than normal and that is perfectly fine! We recommend starting your day with a hearty brunch… and maybe a morning cocktail to jump start the day!  We highly suggest the Lebanese restaurant, Ilili, located on Fifth Avenue between 27th and 28th street, just a 5 minute walk from Hotel Giraffe! They offer may brunch classics, such as Eggs Benedict or Lebanese Pancakes with fresh fruit. They also have more traditional lebanese cuisine such as stuffed grape leaves or Lebanese flat breads and hummus.   The restaurant will serve brunch from 12 noon to 4pm. Breakfast may be the most important meals of the day, but brunch is by the far the most fun!

Visit a Museum

If your trip hasn’t yet included a visit to one of New York’s many museums, New Year’s Day is the perfect time to spend the day exploring the many halls of art work. While the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick will be closed, we  recommend visiting the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History  and if you are feeling adventurous, grab the subway to Astoria, Queens and visit the Museum of Moving Image for another family friendly option!

Stroll through the park

While all of Manhattan is still sleeping you can visit some of New York’s favorite parks, without the crowds!  Central Park is absolutely beautiful, but it is also one of the most visited urban parks in the world. Get a head start on the crowds and snap a shot of Bethesda Terrace or the iconic Bow Bridge, without herds of strangers in the background!  Another option is walking the High Line Park from 14th to 34th street.  The High Line ends at New York’s newest neighborhoods, Hudson Yards and offers plenty of options for Instagram worthy shots! So grab your scarf and a pair of gloves and get lost in the beauty of New York’s parks!


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See a show

Broadway is part of the heart and soul of a trip to NYC! Whether you are looking for a lively musical or a serious play, there are a number of evening performances available on the 1st for your enjoyment! We suggest catching, Waitress the Musical, before it closes on January 5th! Visit to see the many other options available!

Still looking for a hotel to stay in during your New Year’s Eve trip? Visit the Library Hotel Collection’s website for more information on availability & rates at our NYC properties: Library Hotel Collection

Have any questions about at all or need any assistance getting tickets, planning transportation, or would like additional recommendations? Contact our concierge teams at Hotel ElyséeCasablanca HotelLibrary Hotel, or Hotel Giraffe for assistance!

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