New York City has been the mecca of places to bring in the New Year since we can remember. I mean, people come from all over the world to experience the true essence of Times Square and get road blocked by millions just to share that kiss under skyscrapers. Well if you’re from New York you may be slightly over the whole Times Square thing and want to venture out. There are so many places not far from the city and right out of Manhattan that have just an intriguing NYE tradition, just without all of the tourist and chaos that comes with midtown this particular day. Here we will provide you with a list of places to ring in 2017 where you’ll be guaranteed to have a equally good time. [Read more…] about Places to Bring in New Year Outside of Times Square
New Year's Eve
The holidays have wrapped up and the new year is rolling in, but what’s going on with your manicure? With just a week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it is easy to let the candy cane mani last a bit too long or your current color chip off rather than start new. But you don’t need to find the time to go back to the nail salon to step up your nail art game for the new year. All you need is a quick swipe of a new color, or even a quick tweak to your existing color before you head out for the night.
New Year’s Eve is only 10 days away people! Can’t believe how fast this month (and year) has gone. If you are like me, you still haven’t figured out what you are doing for the celebration including where to go, where to stay, what to drink and eat, and so on and so forth. Luckily, Manhattan Digest has come up with a great list of places for you to go to celebrate the New Year with friends, family and hopefully someone sexy before the ball drops. Take a look at what we’ve come up with.
The holiday season is here and 2016 is right around the corner, and finding the perfect dress for your upcoming celebrations can be tough. While you’re getting ready to have all of your family over, or travel out to them, the last thing on your mind is what to wear. And with holiday office parties and epic new year’s eve plans ahead of you, you definitely want to look your best. So, here are some party ready dresses for all different budgets.
A lot of people probably don’t think of New Year’s eve as much of a television day. However, quite to the contrary, it’s subtly one of the bigger TV days of the year – with big-ticket sporting events running during the day (it’s the number two college bowl day of the year for example), marathons of favorite shows around the dial (I would be surprised if USA didn’t run 24+ hours of Modern Family or NCIS on New Year’s Eve) and of course, the ubiquitous New Year’s Eve specials that have been a staple of TV since the dawn of the medium.
One notable thing about the New Year’s special however, is that it’s been a fairly monolithic entity, with often one dominant show that the country rang in the new year at-large with. In the early days of television, this was the role of big band leader Guy Lombardo. Lombardo, a New York City native had a show that capped off with “Auld Lang Syne” popularizing the tradition that the Scottish folk song ring in the New Year across the United States.
In the 1970’s however, American Bandstand and Pyramid host Dick Clark had a revolutionary idea. What if in lieu of the stuffy old galas that were the core of the Lombardo scene at the time there was a show targeting the younger more rock and roll oriented scene? This would lead to the creation of Rockin’ New Years Eve in 1972 from Times Square, a staple of New Year’s since then (I defy you to find me a New Year’s Eve Party that doesn’t come to a screeching halt at 11:55 to find the nearest TV and watch the ball drop). Clark’s show would go on to dominate the landscape for the next four decades until his death in 2012.
It would be in the last few years that other networks would slowly start to build up competition to Rockin’ New Year’s Eve much as Clark did to Lombardo. NBC and FOX would also have musically oriented shows emanating from Times Square. Late night cable network [adult swim] would also get in on the experience having specials featuring casts from shows as diverse as long running animated show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, to newcomer anti-talk show The Eric Andre Show. Even Jamie Kennedy got in on the action with a disastrous special that aired on KTLA.
With Clark gone and the year of retrospection out of the way, it seems like now more than ever that there could be stratification and parity on New Year’s eve. Will people stick with Rockin’ New Year’s Eve? They might from familiarity, but Ryan Seacrest is no Dick Clark no matter how hard he tries. Will they go someplace else, whether to Daly or to cable? Will the ball drop remain the center of New Year’s Eve parties? We will know the answers to these questions in the years to come.
Happy New Year and have a Happy Healthy 2014 from myself and everyone here at Manhattan Digest!