Happy New Year! Or should we say, L’Shana Tova? Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew new year and one of the High Holidays in Judaism, began at sundown Wednesday night. Rosh Hashanah is traditionally celebrated by blowing the shofar, eating apples and honey and spending time with family and friends. While you may not get to see a ball drop for this new year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate in New York City. By Carly Sitzer.

Shofar in the Park

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Central Park Bandshell
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Jews have been blowing the shofar, which is a hallowed ram’s horn, as a way to celebrate the new year for thousands of years. This year, Chabad of the West Side and Chabad Centers of Manhattan, are gathering at the bandshell of Central Park for the blowing of the shofar. New Yorkers are encouraged to escape their busy lives for one hour, beginning at 5 PM, on Sept. 29 to join together in this Rosh Hashanah tradition.

Rosh Hashanah Challah Cooking Class

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Taste Buds Kitchen
109 West 27th St.

What is a better way to spend the day off from school than honoring the tradition of eating apples and honey (to bring in a sweet year!) by learning to cook? On Sept. 28 and 29, Taste Buds is offering a two-day cooking class for kids ages five to 10, who will get to make Apple Honey Challah.

StorahTelling High Holidays

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City Winery
155 Varick Street
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Join City Winery and the StorahTelling for an all-new High Holiday experience. With the purchase of your ticket, you’ll be admitted to a service that combines all the tradition of a High Holiday service, with fun and exciting elements such as music, interactive learning, visual media and more. Following the service, there will be a Kiddush catered by City Winery.

Honey: Tasting and History

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92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Honey has long been a part of Rosh Hashanah traditions, especially when served with apples with the hopes for a sweet new year to come. The 92 Street Y will have expert Francine Segan on hand to teach not only about the taste of honey, but also the significance and history of this sweet treet.

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