Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties in NYC

by Nick David

Around this time each year thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple begin preparing for one of the greatest nights of the year. On New Years Eve the world celebrates the passing of another year and the dawn of the coming of new things. One of the hottest spots on the planet to celebrate is undoubtedly New York City.

There are a multitude of events on the cards ranging from parties in clubs, bars and restaurants to huge events in public areas. We have put this list of top 5 New Year’s Eve party locations together to help you choose where you will be ringing in 2007.

Hudson Hotel – The New Year’s Eve party at the Hudson Hotel in New York is set to be one of the city’s greatest parties this year. Featuring an open bar, gourmet cuisine, sets by DJ’s Doug Grayson and MOS, dancing and champagne celebration at midnight this glamorous party is a must for fans of Christina Aguilera who will be wowing the crowds with a spectacular performance after the clock strikes 12.

The Stuff of Dreams – Bed is a restaurant and night club located in a two storey penthouse with 360-degree rooftop views of the midtown New York skyline. A favorite of Lindsay Lohan, Matt Damon, Jay-Z and Usher, Bed is set to be the location of one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in New York this year. Featuring a range of mouthwatering cuisine, awesome beats and plenty of champagne guests can choose from a range of beds which accommodate 12-15 guests, while table and chairs are available for the less adventurous. So slip off your shoes and slip on specially designed slippers to party the night away at Bed this New Year’s Eve.

A Midnight Run - For those of you looking for something a little less raucous the New Year’s Midnight Run is perfect. This four-mile event is sponsored by the New York Road Runners and starts near the Bethesda Fountain, winds through Central Park and ends on West Drive. The race commences at midnight and runners stop at the midway point for a non alcoholic toast to ring in the New Year. This even it not only suitable to runners, music and dancing starts at 10 in Central Park followed by a spectacular costume parade and the gorgeous fireworks display at 12 signals the start of the race.

The Secret Passageway - Room Service, an über trendy club, and the new Ten’s, a gentleman’s club, in the glamorous Flatiron District will be joined by a secret passageway for one night only! This awesome New Year’s Eve party will be hosted by MTV’s Damien Fahey and a special guest DJ will be spinning tracks ranging from Hip Hop and R&B to Top 40 and Rock. The gourmet breakfast which will be served at 3am is not to be missed!

Times Square – Undoubtedly the most famous of all New York’s New Year’s Eve party locations! The Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration features fireworks, confetti, star-studded musical performances and millions of festive attendees. There are also a host of parties taking place in the restaurants, clubs and bars in Times Square, there is so much to see and do – The Times Square party is undoubtedly the most comprehensive and famous New York party location. As the clock strikes 12 the New Year’s Eve ball spectacularly descends as if from the heavens and the cheers of millions will welcome 2007.

From all of us at New York Journey, we’d like to wish you a safe and very HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you again in 2007.

Top 10 Activities in NYC over the Christmas Holiday Season

by Naomi Young

Christmas in New York City is a time of tree lighting, caroling, shopping and good cheer. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to do in New York this Festive Season:

  1. The lighting of the tree at the Rockefeller Center is not to be missed. This event traditionally marks the start of the winter holiday season. The tree stays lit from the last week of November to the first week in January, so even if you miss the lighting ceremony be sure to stop by and have a look at this gorgeous Christmas attraction.
  2. A performance of the Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet is a favorite amongst New Yorkers and visitors alike.
  3. The Christmas holiday lights at the Bronx Zoo – Beholding the 140 light animal sculptures, many of which are animated, as well as special night time feedings, live reindeer and tree and architectural lighting as far as the eye can see is a favorite family holiday activity in new York.
  4. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, is the #1 show to see while you are in New York over the Christmas holiday. The spectacular brings in more people than the shows on Broadway do in an entire year.
  5. Ice Skating -If you’ve ever watched a movie or sitcom based in New York you will have seen that ice skating over the holiday season is a favorite pass time. There are several venues from which to chose but the most famous rinks are located at the Rockefeller Center and Central Park.
  6. The window displays over the festive season are magnificent. Stroll past Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue while you are exploring New York this Festive Season – the displays in the windows will delight as will the shopping opportunities that lie beyond them.
  7. Each holiday season the Big Apple Circus rolls into town to entertain the young and old. Be sure not to miss this interactive show.
  8. Each year South Street Seaport becomes a winter wonderland and is one of the major Christmas attractions in NYC. Choirs, lights and general festivities here are a treat for every one in the family
  9. Midnight Mass at one of the churches in New York City is not to be missed. The sound of carols and bells ringing at midnight mark one of the greatest holiday’s of the year.
  10. Last but definitely not least?? what ever you do don’t miss the highlight of the holiday season in New York – the New Year’s Eve party in Times Square.

What are your plans for the New York holiday season?

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Men

by Nick David

Some where down the line men begin to tire of soap-on-a-rope, socks and underwear – not that we love you any less for giving them to us. But what do we really want – other than Angelina Jolie all wrapped up in a bow?
Here’s a list of the top 10 Christmas gifts for men this Festive Season.

  1. An Xbox 360 – you may not see us much but we’ll love you forever!
  2. Cologne – A safe bet providing you know his favorite fragrance or what suits him best.
  3. A book – Books are one of the best gifts you can give (providing that you really consider the man you’re buying it for) – remember not all men adore 18th century poetry. If all else fails get him a book voucher, that way he’ll get something he really wants – even if it is a magazine.
  4. A weekend getaway / holiday package to one of the great New York hotels – Everyone dreams of getting spoilt with a gift like this.
  5. The latest iPod.
  6. The DVD box set of his favorite television show – No?? ??Sex in the City?? is Y.O.U.R favorite show; get him something he really loves – even if you can’t bear the thought of being subjected to it.
  7. A spa day at a luxurious New York City hotel – We hate to admit it but men love a little pampering and attention.
  8. A watch – all men treasure a good watch, it’s as close to jewelry as some of us ever get.
  9. Season tickets to the Knicks – No New York male could resist this.
  10. A box of Cuban cigars – Need I say more??

Have I left anything out?