It’s no secret that Gotham has a rich history of legendary clubs and parties that transformed the city into a destination spot for creatures of the night. The steady influx of new clubs in New York has only added to this appeal from across the world. And for the financially responsible party animals out there (they do exist), you’re in luck! Believe it or not, experiencing the best parties in New York City isn’t always synonymous with breaking the bank. Check out these free parties and soirees, specializing in everything from house to punk.
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Dreem presents a weekly Wednesday night of flamboyance and fun in a femme-positive safe space where a queer can be a queer. American Horror Story: Hotel screens at 10, live performances (anything from alt drag to experimental music or stand-up comedy) start at midnight and rotating DJs spin until 4am.Read more
Brooklyn resident and modular technician-musician Antenes headlines for what's sure to be an incredible, expertly curated set. Featured in the documentary I Dream of Wires, Antenes uses self-built sequencers and synths in all of her tracks, creating one-of-a-kind unique sounds augmented in her sets of “acid-laced techno, shimmering electro and beyond.” Support comes from 1080p's Umfang, one of the founders of Brooklyn collective Discwoman and leading lady for the recurring club-night Technofeminism. Unafraid of traversing genre boundaries, Umfang's DJ sets often jump from deep house to experimental techno to drum & bass and jungle.Read more
One of our favorite monthlies returns to the fogged-out, strobed-out dance floor of Bossa Nova Civic Club. This month's guests—all playing live sets—include Entro Senestre (W.T. Records, L.I.E.S.), Cienfuegos (Primitive Languages), Nick Klein and Confused House founding member Bookworms.Read more