For the past seven years Leslie and I have celebrated New Years at home in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Rather than going to a house party or heading out to the bars, we usually stayed in and watched the festivities on TV. However, this year we realized it was time to do something different.
At first we considered going into Philadelphia to celebrate with friends from Penn State. But we quickly scrapped that idea since it had only been a few months since we saw those friends and Philadelphia isn’t too far from home.
In the end we decided we wanted to celebrate New Years in New York City. While at first we weren’t sure what we would do or who we would do it with, we did know there was no chance in hell we were going to be anywhere near Times Square when the ball dropped.
Celebrating New Years in New York City with Friends from Chicago
Earlier in the summer we visited one of our friends from Chicago (Julia) when she moved to New York. Apart from her, we had not seen any of our other Chicago friends since our final day in the Windy City. To change that we sent out some messages and convinced a few of them to join us to celebrate New Years in New York City!
After everyone checked their schedules we agreed to arrive in NYC a few days early, on December 28th, and to stay through January 2nd. The first few nights we would stay with Taurean, who like Julia recently moved to New York City, at his apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
However, for New Years Eve and New Years Day we opted to split the cost of an Airbnb so we wouldn’t have to head separate ways after the celebrations. We ended up choosing an awesome loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not only was it the perfect place to pregame/prepare for the festivities, but with two beds and three couches, it was also a great place for everyone to pass out at after going out.
On New Years Eve we all cooked a “family” dinner at the Airbnb before heading out to a house party to ring in 2016. Afterwards, we made our way back to the apartment to continue the celebrations before crashing for the night around 5:00am. We’re obviously leaving out a few details from the night, but let’s just say, it was our favorite New Years yet!
Although our time in the city was mainly spent eating and drinking, we did a few other fun things as well! A short walk from Taurean’s house is an outdoor street gallery known as the Bushwick Collective. This free “open air museum” is located on the sides of warehouses and industrial buildings lining Jefferson Street. Street artists from around the world have come here to display their work on these walls. We quickly lost count!
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
One of our favorite spots was the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn (Warning: arrive at least an hour and a half before closing in order to actually play shuffleboard). Although we missed the cut off to play by eight minutes, we still had a blast at Royal Palms. The place has an industrial, loft like vibe, and is incredibly hipster, but what do you expect in Brooklyn? With cozy cabanas, food-truck food, jenga, and ring-toss, we stayed until closing even without the opportunity to shuffle!
How did you celebrate the New Year? Have you ever celebrated New Years in New York City? Let us know in the comment section below!