Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year
Learn Brooklyn Bridge trivia and take in the lights with this family-friendly tour. Guides will lead observers across the bridge in groups of 25, with gifts and prizes for the first 300 to arrive that day. Plus, you'll enjoy refreshments and stunning views of the fireworks and the Empire State Building's light show. The tour meets at 160 Broadway, and multiple walks will start between 10:15 and 11:15 p.m.
Cost: $50 online, $60 day of the event; children 8–18, $30 online, $40 day of the event; children 7 and under, free
Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
Why bother with glitter when you can have sweat sparkles as you ring in 2014 with the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run? The night kicks off with dancing at 10 p.m., a costume contest at eleven, and then the four-mile race starting at the Central Park Bandshell. The New York Road Runners promise treats and cider along the way, but you'll also be done in time to hydrate with some Champagne. Prizes are awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place male and female racers, and the first three runners to beat predetermined times.
Cost: $55 for NYRR members, $25 for junior or senior members, $60 for non-members; day of the event, $60 for NYRR members, $35 for junior or senior members, $65 for non-members
Time's Up New Year's Eve Bike Ride
Watch the fireworks atop your bike by celebrating with environmental advocacy group Time's Up's annual New Year's Eve bike ride. Join the riders under the Washington Square Park arch at 10 p.m. or at 23rd and Broadway at 10:20 p.m. The ride ends at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. If you just want some fresh air, you can skip the ride altogether and join the festivities there.
Laughing Lotus’s Spirit Dive New Year’s Eve Class
Start the New Year off sweaty, just minutes after a vinyasa yoga class at Laughing Lotus. D.J. Bryan Black will mix the sounds for a fun session, and there will be treats and kombucha on tap to celebrate afterward. Advanced sign-up is wise, as the workshop has sold out the last two years.
Nineteenth Annual Brooklyn New Year's Eve 5K
If you don't want to trek all the way up to Central Park, the Brooklyn Road Runners are hosting their annual 5K on New Year's Eve, in Prospect Park's only nighttime race. Runners take off at 11:15 p.m. and then celebrate at the finish line with hot chocolate and sparkling cider, just in time to catch the fireworks and share a kiss.
Cost: $25 through 12/23, $30 from 12/23 to 12/30, $40 race day
New Year's Celebration at Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini's New Year's Eve celebration with Sat Jivan Singh will feature songs, history, yoga, meditation, and refreshments. The workshop runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time after for a late dinner or a night on the town.
Cost: $30 online, $40 at the door