Spend New Year's Day in Brooklyn

A Guide to What's Open on New Year's Day

Coney Island Polar Bear Club Holds Annual New Year's Day Swim
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New Years in New York City is a unique experience. Certainly the city-wide revelry is fun and memorable. And, though many cultural institutions in Brooklyn are closed on New Years Day, others are open. So take some time to start the year by exploring Brooklyn.

Closed on New Years Day in Brooklyn

New Year's is a federal holiday, and so all federal offices (such as post offices) are closed. So are public schools and banks. Also closed:

  • Bargemusic
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Coney Island USA
  • NY Transit Museum
  • Prospect Park Skating Rink
  • St. Ann's Warehouse
  • TKTS Booth (open Tues-Sat.) Indoors facilities at public parks
  • Public schools, colleges and universities
  • Private schools, colleges and universities
  • Major department stores in Brooklyn's malls

Open on New Years Day in Brooklyn

  • All public parks: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Sunset Park and so on
  • Abe Stark Skating Rink (ice skating rink; limited hours)
  • Aviator Sports (indoor ice skating rink)
  • Boardwalk at Coney Island and Brighton Beach
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Coney Island Polar Bear Club--Dip into the Atlantic on Jan. 1
  • Green-Wood Cemetery (no alcohol permitted; see general rules for visitors)
  • Jane's Carousel in DUMBO
  • Many supermarkets including Fairway in Red Hook and Whole Foods in Gowanus
  • Most faith organizations
  • Most restaurants and liquor stores
  • Movie theaters
  • Prospect Park Programs
  • NY Aquarium in Coney Island (some indoor exhibits)
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • Everything in orthodox Jewish neighborhoods: Borough Park, parts of Williamsburg, parts of Crown Heights. 
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