This post has been written by a guest writer – Charlotte.
Forcing yourself out of bed after an excessive night of welcoming in the New Year may not be your idea of a fun way to spend New Year’s Day, however if you are fortunate enough to be in New York on 1st January 2011 there are just too many interesting things to do to spend the day feeling sorry for yourself and nursing a bad hangover. Instead wrap up warm and hit the quieter than usual streets of Manhattan for some great Big Apple experiences.
BB Kings Blues Club
For today, forget the breakfast at your New York hotel and instead head to BB Kings Blues club on West 42nd Street for their all-you-can-eat soul food buffet. This authentic all-American food is sure to get even the most delicate of hangover sufferers feeling better, with delights such as Cinnamon French toast, mini bagels and cream cheese and baked macaroni and cheese on the menu. BB Kings prides itself on its music, playing soul and blues classics from throughout the decades, on New Year’s day the club is host to Strawberry Fields, a Beatles tribute act who promise to deliver the next best thing to the Fab Four being there in person. The ticket price is $42.50 on the door and includes the all-you-can-eat buffet. A perfect way to begin 2011 with a leisurely morning of good food and great music.
Museums and Art Galleries
If expanding your knowledge and getting a bit of culture is high up on your list of New Year’s resolutions then head to the cities museums and art galleries. Many of the larger exhibitions close during January so New Year’s Day is a good opportunity to see them before they come to an end. With many visitors to the city still wrapped up in bed, sleeping off the night before it’s a good opportunity to see the exhibitions without having to fight your way through the crowds. Big names such as the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art are open to the public although if you need warming up from the New York winter weather head to the American Museum of National History and enjoy the sights at The Butterfly Conservatory which is kept at a constant 80°F.
Top of the Rock
A visit to Top of the Rock, the observation deck on the top of the Rockefeller Centre offers panoramic views of the city. Although avoided by many New Yorkers due to the length of the queues to the attraction, a visit on New Year’s Day can mean a decrease in the time you are waiting. The centre opens at 8am so be there early to avoid the crowds and experience a view of New York like no other. Once inside the elevators visitors experience light shows and the view from the glass top as the elevator claims the 70 floors to the top. To enhance your view on the observation decks there are binoculars to help you enjoy your 365° view of the New York skyline even more. Don’t forget your quarters!
Historic Times Square Walking Tours
For those who want to learn about New York’s rich and varied history whilst in the city, Big Onion Walking Tours are running their Historic Times Square walking tour on New Year’s Day. The tour begins at 1pm; meeting at the southeast corner of 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue at Bryant Park and the tour delves into the vast history, architecture and theatre of Times Square otherwise known as The Crossroads of the World. Stops on the tour include The New York Public Library, The Palace Theatre and The Astor hotel. The tour is $15 per adult.
Charlotte writes for new travel site Simonseeks a community of travel experts, enthusiasts and celebrities sharing their tips on the best places to eat sleep and visit.