If you want to avoid the mad rush for cabs or just don't feel like trekking too far from home, pick one of these celebrations on December 31
1403 2nd Ave., 8 pm-4 am, bounceny.com
Celebrate New Year's Eve at one of the Upper East Side's most popular sports bars with a five hour premium open bar and live DJ performances. Tickets start at $10 for latecomers, $85 for general admission.
Central Park Bandshell, 10 pm, nyrr.org
Feel like ringing in the New Year with a little festive exercise? Put on your craziest costume and meet up at the Central Park band shell for a four mile run and post-race festivities, including fireworks and DJ performances. The entry fee is $60.
409 E. 59th St., 9 pm-3 am, Guastavinos.com
Ring in the new year under the Queensboro Bridge at this massive party space with DJ performances all night and a six hour premium open bar. Tickets start at $60.
115 E. 60th St., amalinyc.com
This fine Upper East Side eatery is offering up a special a la carte menu this New Year's Eve and one lucky patron will win a dinner and wine tasting for two.
Molly Pitcher's Ale House
1641 2nd Ave., mollypitchersnyc.com
Looking for a FREE celebration this New Year's Eve? Look no further than Molly Pitcher's Ale House with complimentary party favors, live DJing and a midnight champagne toast.
302 E. 92nd St., 7 pm-sunrise
If you're looking for something a little more low-key for the holiday, check out this neighborhood bar's FREE New Year's party.
The Stumble Inn
1454 2nd Ave., 8 pm-4 am, nycbestbar.com
Regale in the five hour open bar from 9 pm-2 am though the party will be going on much longer at this Upper East Side hotspot. General admission is $85.
The Armory Show at 100
170 Central Park West, All New Year's Day, nyhistory.org
Celebrate the first day of the new year with an exploration of the New York 1913 Armory Show on its 100 year anniversary from an artistic perspective. The show will feature 75 carefully chosen works.
Whales: Giants of the Deep
The American Museum of Natural History, 79th St. and Central Park West, 10 am-5:45 pm New Year's Day, amnh.org
Spend your first day of 2014 with some of the ocean's most fascinating creatures. This special exhibition traces the history of whales and their significance to mankind. Admission is $25 for adults, $14.50 for children.