1. 100 Years of Times Square Stroll the confetti-strewn streets after the ball-drop on a new tour, and reconsider the glitz, grime, and irritating tourists that have defined a centenarian public space.
1/1 at 1pm. Meet at Bryant Park, southeast corner of Sixth Ave. and 42nd St. (212-439-1090): $12.
2. Poetry Project Marathon Thirty years running and 130 performers strong, the sixties-style happening features Philip Glass, Dael Olandersmith, and Patti Smith playing, reading, and shouting well into the night.
• 1/1 at 2pm to1/2 at 2am. Poetry Project, 131 E. 10th St. (212-674-0910); $15.
3. In From the Cold Poetry Project too mainstream? A ten-year-old free alternative spoken-word series—having recently moved to the Bowery from the Knitting Factory—hosts even more performers (some coming straight from the Marathon).
1/1, 2pm to midnight. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (212-614-0505); free.
4. New Year’s Day Antiques Show Once held in the much-loathed (and since demolished) Coliseum, an old tradition returns with nearly 100 dealers, this time in Chelsea.
• 1/1, 11am-6pm. Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W. 18th St. (metropolitanevents.com/antiques); $10.
5. A New Year in Old New York Have eighteenth-century confections and punch at the Merchants House while learning the old ritual of “calling” (now known as “party-hopping”).
1/1, 3-6pm. Merchants House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. (212-777-1089); $25.