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Insider's Guide: New York City In 24 Hours

Most of us don't have the luxury of taking a week long holiday around New Year's Eve. With the Christmas holiday having just ended, our vacation time at work has been all dried up and New Year's may even seem like a luxury to some people. So for those of you who want to get the most out of your New York City New Year's Eve experience, here is our Top 10 places to see, in travel order, before you hop the plane back home and back to reality.

1. Central Park: Start your tour through the park at 72nd Street and Central Park West, heading east toward 5th Avenue. You will pass Strawberry Fields where John Lennon played and through the meadow and past The Pond. You will get picturesque views of the Midtown skyline from all angles as you cut across the park.

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Insider's Guide: New Year's Eve In The Hood

If you have never been to New York City before, or are unfamiliar with our eclectic neighborhoods, take some time now to get familiar with what's where and who's going to be there. New Year's Eve is a great time to take in some culture and the party spans out well beyond the confines of Times Square.

Manhattan island is split up into three major sections: Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown. Doesn't give you much to go on does it? Let this be your whirlwind tour of the three major geographic locations in NYC.

Uptown:

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H is for Hotels

On New Year's Eve, some of the hottest parties will be taking place at the best hotels around Manhattan. If you want to party in style at one of these preferred nightlife destinations, check out our top hotel choices to bring in the year 2011 with a bang.

First up is Aspen Social Club at The Stay Hotel. Located on West 47th Street, this stylish, sexy hotel was designed by owner Vikram Chatwal to be a five star wonder in the heart of Times Square. The club inside, created by nightlife entrepreneur Greg Brier, is a Rocky Mountain wonderland, impersonating a chic, swanky chalet.

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G is for Glamour


New Year's Eve is all about style, sophistication, and of course, Glamour. On the biggest party night of the year, glamorous faces, outfits, venues and celebrity style are all the buzz during December. Check out our top three picks for "Most Glamorous" this New Year's Eve in New York City.

1. RdV (aka Rendezvous): Nestled under Bagatelle, RdV is one of New York's City's most sophisticated nightlife venues. The decadent decor and upholstered seating illustrates a rendezvous between yesteryear and the modern nightlife scene. This is a dress to impress velvet rope, so don't skimp on the outfit, especially this New Year's Eve.

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Don't Be An Idiot On New Year's Eve

Whether you're a New Yorker or visiting from out of town, we all know that one person in every group who is embarrassing to be around on a night on the town. So, if you know who this person is already or, better yet, if you have an idea that YOU might be this person, you should take note of our Top 10 ways to avoid being the New Year's Idiot.

1. Don't be the one managing everyone else's time for them. No one likes an OCD trip planner on New Year's Eve. Roll with the flow and don't make your friends mad at you.

2. That velvet suit you bought looks horrible on you. There's no need to wear it and we don't even know why you bought it. Either take it back and get your money back or leave it at home. Your friends will leave you.

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E is for Eats

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter ‘E.’

E is for Eats

We all know that New Year’s Eve is going to be a night of heavy drinking. But you can also expect some delicious food from some of the best restaurants around New York City during the holiday season. Check out these popular restaurants that will be throwing New Year’s bashes.

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D is for DJs

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter 'D.'

D is for DJs

Check back tomorrow for more of our insider’s guide to New Year’s Eve.

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Where To Hide In Times Square On New Year's Eve


Times Square. The Crossroads of the World. 42nd Street and Broadway. Midtown Manhattan. Whatever you want to call it, it's where everyone coming to New York City has to go. Before the Statue of Liberty, before the Stock Exchange, New Yorkers avoid it like the plague and tourists flock to its pedestrian-friendly esplanades adorned by five story jumbo trons. This is the place to be on New Year's Eve, of course.

No doubt it's going to be cold. And maybe even a little wet. So, let us give you the New Yorker's guide on where to go to get out of the elements and away from the masses of people, if only just for a few minutes.

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C is for Cruises

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter 'C.'

C is for Cruises

Either cruise option will surely be a fun change of pace this New Year’s Eve. Get a group of friends, hop on a boat and enjoy a night of smooth steppin’, sailing, and sight seeing.

Check back tomorrow for your insider's guide on the letter D for New Year's Eve DJs.

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B is for Bottle Service

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter 'B.'

B is for Bottle Service