What's open on New Year's Day in New York City? You've got plenty of options for New Year's Day fun in the city that never sleeps. Start 2013 right and set the tone for the whole year. Meet friends for a leisurely brunch, visit one of New York's top museums, hit the sports bar for the college football games, play tourist for the day, or get a bit of exercise.
Kick off the new year with a live show a BB King Blues Club and an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform while you chow down on scrambled eggs, bacon, and buttermilk biscuits.
Visit the American Museum of Natural History and kick off 2013 among the wonders of earth and space. You can wander the exhibits and catch an IMAX film, visit the Hayden Planetarium for a Journey to the Stars space show, explore dinosaur and frog exhibits, or visit the butterflies in the Butterfly Conservatory.
Get some exercise and fresh air after a night of killing brain cells. Hit the ice at the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink, The Pond at Bryant Park, and other top NYC ice skating rinks. Who knows? Maybe everyone else will be sleeping off 2012 and you'll have lots of ice to yourself.
Join Big Onion Walking Tours at 1PM on January 1 for a special New Year's Day tour of historic Times Square. Stops could include The New York Public Library, Astor Hotel, Palace Theater, Sardi's and sites associated with the Shuberts, Flo Ziegfeld, Bob Hope, Fanny Brice, and Damon Runyon. Join the tour for $20 per adult and $15 per senior, student, or active military member. Meet at the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.
Celebrate the beauty of New York City on New Year's Day with a trip to the Top of the Rock to gaze upon the majesty of Manhattan from 70 stories up. Top of the Rock is open from 10AM until midnight (last elevator to the top at 11:10PM) on New Year's Day. See photos of the amazing views from Top of the Rock.
Play tourist on New Year's Day and visit The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Admission to both attractions is free, though you will have to pay for your ferry ride from Battery Park ($12 per adult, $5 per child). Ferries depart every hour, but it's a good idea to book a reserve ticket in advance.
Spend the first day of 2013 admiring the works of modern masters at the Museum of Modern Art. The museum will be open from 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM. Explore the highlights of the MOMA collection or enjoy New Year's Day film screenings of films including 1955's Pickwick Papers and 2012's Argo.