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The best New Year's Eve events in NYC

Don’t drop the ball on the city’s favorite holiday with the best New Year's Eve events in NYC to ring in 2016

Photograph: Courtesy Frank Monkiewicz/BangOnNYC

When you think New Year's Eve, you think New York. While the eyes of the world are on the half million New Yorkers freezing their tails off in Times Square, the rest of NYC is shutting it down like it’s about to be 1999. So don your most festive holiday dresses and getups and head out for a night of fireworks, amazing New Year's Eve concerts and other first-of-the-year festivities with our roundup of the best New Year's Eve events NYC has to offer.

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New Year's Eve events in NYC

Annaleigh Ashford

Don your most decadent 1970s Studio 54 look and take a seat for a cabaret party for the ages. Sylvia and Kinky Boots star Annaleigh Ashford will command the house with her band the Whiskey 5, while guests indulge in three marvelous courses and Champagne. After the show, the tables will be rolled off, and 54 Below will return to its disco-dancing club roots for a late night of glam revelry.

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31 Dec 2015

BangOn! NYC New Year's Eve: Time and Space

If you'd prefer pyrotechnics, gorilla masks and overalls over Champagne and tuxedos, then head to BangOn's latest secret warehouse location for a spectacular hot mess that includes a rocket launch, silent disco, 3-D projections, art cars and other visual delights. With two stages of music by DJs Justin Martin and Kill Frenzy, this rager will have your senses overloaded for the entire new year.

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Thu Dec 31–Fri Jan 1

The Celestial Ball

Indulge yourself with an upscale hedonistic bash worthy of the gods as Dances of Vice takes over the Down Town Association. With heavenly performances from fire dancers, puppets, and spangled musicians and the choice to opt in for a splendid Dionysian feast, this party offers you a chance to end your year with a bang that could be heard on Mount Olympus.

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Thu Dec 31–Fri Jan 1

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band + Huey Lewis and the News

It's five o'clock—and apparently 1978—somewhere. Forget packed clubs and overpriced dinners and rock out with one of the chillest men alive as Jimmy Buffett and his crew nail hits like "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" live. And Huey Lewis and the News is sure to be feeling "The Power of Love" for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, and the band is likely to deliver a joyous and spirited performance.

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31 Dec 2015

Knitting Factory NYE Party

Williamsburg revelers should avoid the L train at all costs this New Year's and instead keep it in the neighborhood. The Knitting Factory will be rolling out a late night of solid dance sets and free Champagne, with Avan Lava, Vito & Druzzi, Deidre & the Dark and more. Would the Knitting Factory let you down?

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31 Dec 2015

The Last New Year's Eve Disco Extravaganza

New Yorkers who remember the wild, outrageous New Year's Eves of the 1970s will rapture in this night of unrelenting disco revival in Coney Island. Enjoy performances by Soul Train–era divas Rochelle Fleming and Melba Moore, then nod your head and get to steppin' with vinyl classics from DJ Nicky Siano. If Coney Island is the last bastion of the old New York, then this may be one of its purest throwback nights in history.

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Thu Dec 31–Fri Jan 1

Lewis Black

Whether he's barking, twitching or yowling in pain brought on by dim-witted leadership, one thing seems clear: Lewis Black was born to rant. Ring in New Year's Eve with the endearingly acerbic Daily Show mainstay, joined by Broadway's Liz Callaway and comedian John Bowman. (The doors open at 6pm.)

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31 Dec 2015

New Year's Eve Fireworks

Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve with hot beverages and fireworks sparkling over Park Slope. Live music starts at around 11pm at Grand Army Plaza, where you can also snag a free cup of hot cocoa. At midnight, fireworks will go off at Long Meadow; the best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

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31 Dec 2015

New Year's Eve at Output

Some NYE partygoers can barely make it past midnight. But if you're looking to ring in the New Year with a body-breaking, mind-melting 22 hours of raging on the dance floor, then head to Output and don't plan on leaving. DJ Oscar G will end 2015 with a long set of perky, high-throttle electro, and DJ Victor Calderone will play an all-day set of deep swirling house to give 2016 a proper start.

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Thu Dec 31–Fri Jan 1

New Years Eve at Queen of the Night

Join the Queen in a special celebration of 2016 and the powers of seduction. Arrive as early as 6:30pm for a wild performance of ballet and acrobatics, as well as a full dinner of roasted leg of lamb and salmon wellington, plus an open bar till 2:30am. Drink to your health, and the mysteries of the night. Just remember: Always say yes.

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Thu Dec 31 - Fri Jan 1
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