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Don't settle for another NYC New Year's Eves that doesn't live up to the hype. If you're not up for battling the crowds to see the ball drop in Times Square (only the brave need attempt it), we've got 20+ more New Year's Eve party picks to choose from.

Ring in 2013 with a night to remember. We've got a New York New Year's Eve option for every personality -- from club scenester to health nut and more.

1. Times Square All Access Pass

Go party hopping right in Times Square this New Year's Eve with an all-access pass that lets you belly up to open bars at several Times Square area clubs. Tickets are $275-$390 per person and the pricier tickets get you a prix-fixe dinner.

2. New Year's Eve at Madam Tussauds in Times Square

Party with wax celebrities in the heart of Times Square at the Madame Tussauds New Year's Eve bash. All ages are welcome at this party. General admission tickets are $155 (under 21) and $215 (over 21, 6-hour open bar). You can also shell out a bit more for a VIP table (includes food, champagne, reserved seating, cocktail service, VIP line admission).

3. New Year's Eve Midnight Run

Get the New Year off to a healthy and energetic start by joining the New York Road Runners' 4-mile Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in Central Park. The fun begins at 10 pm with a DJ spinning tunes to get you warmed up. At 11 pm, there will be a costume contest and parade. And at midnight, runners take off from the 72nd Transverse at Bethesda Terrace while fireworks explode overhead. You can register online before 11:45 pm on December 26th to run in the race, but all are welcome to join the fun and cheer the runners on.

4. Mardi Gras New Year's Eve Party at Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street in Times Square is hosting a Mardi Gras party for New Year's Eve, including classic New Orleans cuisine. Ring in the new year with an open bar, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, and pecan pie. Ticket options include $95 for general admission and $495 for a private VIP table for two.

5. New Year's Eve Concert for Peace

Ring in the New Year at the Concert for Peace at St. John the Divine in Harlem, the world's largest Cathedral. The evening will include music, readings and meditations, and the traditional passing of candle flames while singing This Little Light of Mine. The Concert will end in more than a thousand points of candle light and many voices singing together. Arrive early for free general admission or order $75 reserved seats online (limited number of reserved seats are sold). For more information, call 212-316-7540.

6. New Year's Eve at Bryant Park Grill

According to NewYears.com editor Annsley Chapman, Bryant Park Grill hosts one of the best New Year's Eve parties in New York City every year. "The event draws a diverse mix of singles, large groups, and couples, and nearly everyone will be under 30," says Chapman. "It's your safest bet for a classy-but-not-stuffy New York New Year's." Tickets range from $115 (general admission with 6-hour open bar and food) to $1000 (a private VIP table for 2).

7. New Year's Eve at Webster Hall

The party at Webster Hall will feature four levels of party with 8 DJs, aerial performances, stilt walkers, snake charmers, and magicians. At midnight, see the world's largest balloon drop featuring 100,000 balloons falling from the sky at the stroke of midnight. General admission tickets are $99. A $150 Silver Ticket gets you access to the open bar from 8pm until 2am.

8. Hilarious New Year's Eve

Start the New Year laughing. At the New Year's Eve Comedy Spectacular, you can see a great improv show, followed by a party with the cast. Tickets are just $79 and include admission, a catered buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight. Buy tickets online or call (212)629-5202.

9. Circle Line New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

Circle Line will take you on a three-hour harbor cruise for $149 per person. Enjoy a full open bar and watch the New Year's Eve fireworks at the Statue of Liberty. Admission also includes a live DJ, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight. Circle Line tickets must be purchased in advance.

10. New Year's Eve With The New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic will celebrate the new year with a program celebrating the music of Marvin Hamlisch. Tickets range in price from $65 to $245 purchased online.

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