Offbeat New Year's celebrations

December 29, 2008 3:55:45 PM PST
You don't need to go to Times Square to ring in the New Year. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the arrival of 2009. While throngs of revelers try to navigate their way through Times Square, grab your own lane at Bowlmor.

The evening begins at 9:00. The ball drop will be broadcast on the big screens as you bowl into 2009.

In fact, last year Bowlmor offered the same event for 30 dollars more. They cut their price just like many other restaurants and bars as a result of the economy.

The new Indian-Latin restaurant called Vermilion is hoping to lure guests in with Bollywood dancers and a seven-course meal based on the seven deadly sins -- but you can be a sinner and a saint at the same time. (Click here to see the menu)

The sinning part is the 200-dollar price tag, but the saint part is a portion of that goes to help children in India through the American Indian Foundation (www.aifoundation.org).

It's philanthropic way to end one year and begin another. As for a healthy to celebrate, how about a midnight run through Central Park.

This is the 30th year for the Midnight Run sponsored by the New York Road Runners Club. (Click here to register at www.nyrr.org.)

The evening kicks off with a dance party, costume parade and fireworks, and then at midnight, runners make a 4-mile trip through Central Park with a little non-alcoholic bubbly midway through. If you're a fast runner, slow runner or not much of a runner, it's certainly a way to kick start your resolution of getting fit. The entry fee is 45-dollars.

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