What to do in Brooklyn on New Year's Day? Well, here's an idea: how about watching 1200 reasonably sane people take the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean off Coney Island? The Polar Bear dip is just one of the funny, cool, interesting things you can do on New Year's Day — in Brooklyn, New York.
What a wonderful way to start the New Year! Have a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. Be forewarned, it can get crowded!
The morning after the night before! You can stand in line at your favorite brunch place, or make a reservation in advance! Here are some good bets for last minute brunch rezzies for New Year's Day
Enjoy some music on New Years day at tiny Barbes. Following their New Year's tradition, on January 1 Barbes is featuring a Brooklyn duo, The Quavers. As described on the website, "they coax a luminous sound out of decayed samplers, walkmans, vibraphonette, footpedal loopers, tape echo violin and homespun harmonies."
Nestled near the water in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, this beautiful carousel, opened in 2011, offers indoor entertainment for kids of all ages. The historic carousel has been renovated, and attracts thousands of visitors on holidays.
New York Aquarium
Yes, the NY Aquarium is open on New Year's Day. The animals are on exhibit all year round. It's a fun outing for the family!
Bring the kids to the zoo to run around and see the adorable animals and wonderful exhibits. There are indoor exhibits, and a snack bar.
On New Year's Day afternoon, from 2-6 P.M., Brooklyn Bowl hosts a family bowl with no cover. Brunch is delish! Have fun rolling in the New Year!
Visit this interactive children's museum, which presents an orthodox perspective on Jewish life, traditions, and beliefs. On New Year's Day they have special art programs and a Jewishly oriented quiz game for kids.