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The World Didn't End---Time to Ring in 2013 in NYC

By Jerry Del Priore 

Fireworks are a fun, free way to celebrate New Year's Eve in NYC--by wseltzer via Flickr

So we survived the Mayans’ Armageddon prediction last week, and we've made it through the Christmas crowds, but now it’s time for New Yorkers to gear up and ring in the New Year in typical Gotham party-rocking style. Believe it or not, celebrating New Year's in NYC doesn’t have to cause your wallet to hemorrhage green either --- you can do it right in the Big Apple on a budget. We've got a few low cost and free options to help you live it up, no matter what an ancient, buzz-killing civilization has prophesized. 
Staten Island Ferry
If you like the grand spectacle of pyrotechnics, in addition to the ones in Manhattan and Brooklyn, hop on the Staten Island Ferry to view the colorful displays going off adjacent to Liberty Island. Most firework extravaganzas begin at 12am, so make sure to check the schedule for departure and arrival times. Free.

Grand Army Plaza fireworks
The festivities begin at 11pm at Grand Army Plaza outside the main entrance of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, with free amenities such hot cocoa and music. But you’ll be wise to get there early for a prime viewing spot, and dress warm—you’ll thank me. Fireworks kickoff at midnight. Just like viewing fireworks via the Staten Island Ferry, this one is free too.

Emerald Nuts Midnight Four-Mile Run in Central Park  
If you feel the need to start your New Year on a good foot, why not enter the Emerald Nuts Midnight Four-Mile Run in Central Park? The four-mile run is perfect for the garden variety racing nut—who relishes arctic conditions—complete with DJs pumping tunes at 10pm and a costume parade and contest starting at 11pm at the Central Park Bandshell, just south of the 72nd Street transverse. 

Run four miles on New Year's Eve!--credit

The run gets underway at midnight, and includes an impressive fireworks display. But make sure to register today (12/26), or you’ll be left out in the cold (fees apply). And if you're not a runner or you procrastinated, join in the music and parade festivities while you cheer on the winner.

Times Up! New Year's Eve Ride and Outdoor After Party
Rather bike than run? Times Up!, a New York City-based not-for-profit, direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city, is holding a New Year's Eve ride and outdoor after-party. The ride begins at 10pm and meets at Washington Square Park under the arch.
The jaunt ends with a massive party and fireworks exhibit at Belvedere Castle in Central Park (at 79th St.). 

Ride from Washington Square Park to Belvedere Castle in Central Park--credit

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace
The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, commemorates the evening with its annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace --- a celebration of music, dance, prayer and inspirational words, ending with the lighting of thousands of candles held by all parishioners in attendance. 

It’s also another free NYE event, which starts at 7pm, but it’s first-come, first-serve seating. Otherwise, you’ll need to dole out $60.00 for a reserved ticket.

Pete’s Tavern at 129 East 18th Street in Manhattan from 9pm – 2am
If you have your heart set on dining, dancing and drinking, Pete’s Tavern’s has a good deal at $95.00 per person. The five-hour party includes an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, an appetizer, salad, a choice of entrĂ©e, and dessert and coffee or tea. Plus, groove the night away with two DJs and a champagne toast at midnight. Afterward, recover with a full breakfast at 1:45am, according to their website. 

Whatever you do on December 31, you're in "the city that never sleeps" and it's sure to be a blast. Make it a New Year's to remember. Happy New Year!

Celebrate New Year's at Pete's Tavern--credit

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