NYC LIFE: Rolling into the New Year
If you didn’t have time to take in the holiday sights before Christmas, now is a great time to enjoy this beautiful season as only New York can do it. Check out some of the many holiday suggestions we’ve posted this month. Plus, our favorite holiday bars too. Want to see a show? Check out Valerie Smaldone’ s Broadway show reviews. Love cabaret? Check out who’s where. And here are some ideas on celebrating the New Year and a heads up on fun things to do after the New Year, like joining The Three Tomatoes for Old Master’s Week at the galleries on the UES.
Dec. 31. Peace Concert at St. John the Divine
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event with uplifting performances by the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra, solo singers, and bright candles, led by Director of Music Kent Tritle. General admission seats are free and open to the public on the night of the show. Reserved seats available now.
Dec. 31. New York Philharmonic Celebrates Sondheim
What a great way to ring in the New Year at Lincoln Center. Living legend and multi-award winner Stephen Sondheim’s oeuvre takes center stage at the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concert, hosted by Sondheim specialist Bernadette Peters and featuring Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) — soon to star in Company — and music from Company, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and more. Get tickets.
Dining Out on New Year’s Eve
There are still reservations to be had with special New Year’s menus. Here are a few of our picks. Ring in the New Year with festivities at Milos at Hudson Yards. They’ll have a live jazz quartet and Champagne toast with stunning views over the Hudson River. And then there’s the very romantic Felida’s (Lidia Bastianich’s restaurant.) Check out more New Year’s Eve dining at Open Table.
New Year’s Day at the Museums
Feb. 1. Gallery Hopping on the Upper East Side
Join us on a private guided tour with art historian Nadja Hansen when the usually cloistered Old Masters galleries throw open their doors, for one week only. This is the preeminent event of the year exhibiting and celebrating Old Master drawings (along with some painting and sculpture). This 2-hour tour from E. 66 to E. 93 will feature the best of this exciting week of art. You will see exquisite art almost never on view, get a sense of the market for old masters, and see beautiful galleries rarely open to the public.
And for those who want to join the head tomato for lunch (Dutch treat), I will pick a restaurant in the area. We are limited to 15 people. $48 for NYC Insider Club Members; $58 for nonmembers. Get tickets here.