New Year's Eve 2009

Remember your '08 resolution? You've still got time to keep it. Here, five New Yorkers tell us what they swore they'd do in 2008, and we tell them where to be at the countdown to make it happen.

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Jonathan Franzen

Illustrations: Tom Nick Cocotos

The resolver: Jonathan Franzen, author
The resolution: "It would be good to start going to more galleries."


Jonathan Franzen

Illustrations: Tom Nick Cocotos

The resolver: Jonathan Franzen, author
The resolution: "It would be good to start going to more galleries."
The solutions: 1. Rude Year's Eve Commune with starving types at this arty dance party, which includes an"underwater fantasy world" installation, DIY mosaic walls, performances by Hearts Revolution and Bubblyfish, and free Colt 45. The Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (rudeny.com). 9pm--4am, $25.
2. Golden Age of Hollywood, NYE Extravaganza Wear a zoot suit or other period costume to this bombastic art ball, featuring swing from Grandpa Musselman & his Syncopators, belly dancing, burlesque and a magic show. Montauk Club, 25 Eighth Ave at Lincoln Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-638-0800). 8pm--2am, $25--$30.


David Wright

The resolver: David Wright, third baseman for the New York Mets
The resolution: "My '08 resolution carries to next year: I plan to work twice as hard during the off-season to bring a championship to Citi Field."
The solutions: 1. 31st Annual Emerald Nuts Midnight Run Enter a "nuttiest" costume contest before burnin' calories in this four-mile midnight race. Central Park Bandshell, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St (212-860-4455, nyrr.org). 10pm--1am, $30--$50. Registration encouraged.
2. Time's Up 11th Annual New Year's Eve Ride Critical Massers start at Washington Square Park, the Queens Court House and the Brooklyn entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, then schlep to Belvedere Castle for fireworks and a rowdy dance party with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra. FREE Visit times-up.org for more info.


Soledad O'Brien

The resolver: Soledad O'Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN
The resolution: "Well, I had on my list to be fluent en espaol. That didn't happen."
The solutions: 1. BPC New Year's Eve Don't say hasta la vista to your bilingual aspirations just yet: DJs Comrade, Geko Jones, Felix Cumbe and others will be spinning salsa, merengue, dubstep, palo and more during the Bowery Poetry Club's worldly bash. 308 Bowery between Bleecker and E Houston Sts (212-614-0505). 9pm--4am, $10--$75.
2. Blonde Redhead Take a crash course in other languages at Terminal 5, where indie-rockers Blonde Redhead are ringing in 2009 with Islands and Elvis Perkins. The trio is known to sing in Italian, Japanese and French. 610 W 56th St at Eleventh Ave (212-260-4700). 9pm, $35--$40.


Michael Lucas

The resolver: Michael Lucas, gay porn star and founder of Lucas Entertainment
The resolution: "I promised to speak my mind more often and piss more people off."
The solutions: 1. Sandra Bernhard Be inspired by the biggest big mouth of all in back-to-back shows at Joe's Pub. Lady's gonna be kvetching about the usual: idiot politicians, idiot laws, idiot celebrities and—we hope—idiot New Year's Eve revelers. 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-967-7555). 9pm, $100; 11pm, $150.
2. The Comedy Cellar Dave Attell, Ben Bailey, Robert Kelly and other potty mouths mince no words in this NYE lineup. Put on your free hat or tiara and try not to spill your champagne as comedian Keith Robinson leads the countdown. 117 MacDougal St between Minetta Ln and W 3rd Sts (212-254-3480). 10:30pm--1am, $65.


Scott Stringer

The resolver: Scott Stringer, Manhattan borough president
The resolution: "Eat healthier! Less takeout!"
The solutions: 1. 20th Annual Silent New Year's Eve Mauna Earn karma points at this Jivamukti Yoga class, vegan dinner and Indian dance party, followed by a three-hour silent mauna. 841 Broadway between 13th and 14th Sts, second floor (212-353-0214). Class and dinner 5--8pm, $75; dance party and mauna 8pm--midnight, free.
2. Welcome 2009: New Year's Eve Bash Eat healthy before you get hammered at Monkey Town's three-course feast with veggie options. After dinner, Shilpa Ray, the Wild Yaks and Lone Wolf & Cub take the floor. 58 North 3rd St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-1369). Dinner 6--11pm, $35; concert and party 11pm--4am, $12.

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