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New Year's Eve events in New York

From fireworks to bowling, find the perfect event to ring in the New Year

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Looking for ideas on how to spend New Year's Eve? Besides for New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Eve concerts, enjoy fireworks in Times Square or put on something festive and take part in a under-the-stars bike ride through Manhattan. Find the perfect New Year's Eve events to welcome 2015 in style.

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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

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A firm favorite of families and house parties taking a tactical break from drinking to sober up in the night air, this hootenanny warms up with live music and hot beverages in Grand Army Plaza. Try not to get tears in your cocoa as Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz hands the metaphorical keys over to his successor, Eric Adams. The best vantage points for the 15-minute display at midnight are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Enter at Flatbush Ave and Prospect Park West, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

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Prospect Park 31 Dec 2014 Free

Coney Island New Year's Eve

You don't have to head to Times Square this year for a midnight spectacle. Alliance for Coney Island teamed up with Councilman Mark Treyger this year for a digital ball drop of 8,000 LEDs on the Parachute Jump on the boardwalk, along with a New Year's extravaganza to bid adieu to 2014.

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Coney Island Boardwalk 31 Dec 2014 Free

Sandra Bernhard Is #blessed

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The Divine Sandra is a mouthy actor, comedian and singer whose best work gives pop culture a big, sloppy kiss, while simultaneously biting it on the lip. She returns for her annual year-capping residency at Joe’s Pub, where's she'll wrap up 2014 with her blend of sentimentality, caustic wit, wistfulness and sarcasm and belt out plenty of tongue-in-cheek (or are they?) rock songs.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Until Wed Dec 31

15 for 2015: A Flashback New Year’s Eve

A party for the musically nostalgic, this New Year’s Eve bash lets you keep one ear in the past as you dance into the future. Favorites from 1989 to 2004—we're talking “Like a Prayer” all the way to “Since U Been Gone”—will keep you celebrating all night long!

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Union Hall 31 Dec 2014

New Year's Eve Spectacular

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Wine, dine and laugh yourself into 2015 with comedians Joe List, Gary Vider, Ricky Velez, Michelle Wolf, Dan Soder and Mark Normand. Watch the ball drop live, and as the clock strikes midnight, enjoy a live DJ and dancing.

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Carolines on Broadway 31 Dec 2014

New Year's Eve: The Diamond Horseshoe

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Queer nightlife scenesters Brandon Voss and Patrick Duffy invite you to an opulent evening featuring a live orchestra, a performance by the cast of Queen of the Night, installation art by Darrell Thorne, beats from DJ Spun and a late-night set by Nomi Ruiz. The more expensive tickets include dinner before the party. The dress code at all price points is black-tie masquerade.

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Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel 31 Dec 2014

Disco New Years Eve 2015: Dark Disco presents Tiki Disco

Tiki Disco has thrown solid summer shindigs since 2009, never failing to deliver afternoons and nights of glorious, sweaty dance parties (resulting in very sore morning-afters). For this special wintry New Year's Eve edition, the party collective is headed to Bed-Stuy's hippest restaurant meets disco, Sugar Hill Supper Club, joining forces with MeanRed and Good Peoples (aka Dark Disco).

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Sugar Hill Supper Club 31 Dec 2014

BangOn! NYC Presents NYE 2015: Time & Space

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The BangOn! bunch returns with a New Year's Eve bash held in a secret warehouse space (location to be revealed to ticket holders). As usual with this crew, it's sensory overload—circus performers, art cars, art installations, body painting, food vendors, and of course, DJs. Expect electronic rhythms from Mr. Hot Creations himself, Lee Foss, singer Anabel Englund, hip-hop beatsmiths Shiba San and Sweater Beats,Thriftworks, Gladkill and the Golden Pony.

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Location TBA Wed Dec 31 - Thu Jan 1

New Year's Eve with !!!

Sacramento dance-punk band !!! (pronounced "chik-chik-chik") bids adieu to 2014 with special guests Prince Rama and Cakes Da Killa. Tickets include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

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Knitting Factory 31 Dec 2014

The Liar Show: New Year's Eve

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Start celebrating 2015 early at this theatrical performance during which four storytellers detail events from their lives, ranging from the merely interesting to the revelatory. The catch: One of the four is fabricating everything. The special New Year’s Eve event brings in Martin Dockery, Ed Gavagan, Leslie Goshko and Richard Greene.

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Cornelia Street Café 31 Dec 2014

Murderfist’s New Year

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No-holds-barred sketch troupe Murderfist returns to deliver their annual New Year's event. The night will be filled with performances from local sketch groups and stand-ups. After the laughs, there's a champagne toast at midnight. Be ready for something wild.

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The Creek and the Cave 31 Dec 2014 Free

Brooklyn Bowl New Years Eve

Bowling on New Year's Eve? It's an entirely novel way to celebrate the turn of the calendar. This year might as well split. (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves. )

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Brooklyn Bowl 31 Dec 2014

The Rub NYE

Resident DJs Ayres and Eleven man the beats for this New Year’s Eve mainstay, accompanied by Still Life, Mawkus and Prince Klassen. Complimentary champagne is available at the start of the midnight countdown.

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The Bell House 31 Dec 2014

New Year's Eve Party Ride

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Grassroots environmental organization Time’s Up organizes this under-the-stars bike ride, which begins in Washington Square Park (and a few satellite locations) and ends at Central Park’s Belvedere Castle at 11:45pm. Participants are encouraged to wear festive outfits and bring treats for the outdoor after-party.

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Washington Square Park 31 Dec 2014 Free

Laura Benanti: New Year's Eve

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The enchanting Laura Benanti has captured Broadway's heart in shows from Into the Woods and Gypsy through Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. In her New Year's Eve show at 54 Below, she reunites with ace pianist Todd Almond in a new set that promises to start 2015 with a champagne pop of class and effervescence. (Ticket price includes dinner, champagne, tax and tip.)

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54 Below 31 Dec 2014

Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band: New Year's Eve Gala

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Escape those tweetbooking whippersnappers with dinner and dancing in the expansive Art Deco grandeur of the Edison Ballroom. Every ticket includes a four-course meal and the chance to put your knowledge of actual dance steps (steps that have names, dammit) to good use while Joe Battaglia and his brassy crew dole out swing classics. Book a table on the mezzanine for a cheaper ticket.

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Edison Ballroom 31 Dec 2014

Murray Hill’s New Year’s Eve Late Show

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NYC's favorite drag king carries on his annual pageant with an A-grade lineup in tow: Burly-Q beauty Dirty Martini, singer extraordinare Bridget Barkan, comedy-dance duo Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover, boylesque star Mr. Gorgeous and Neal Medlyn (in his Champagne Jerry guise) entertain the audience until the big countdown to the dollar-store-balloon drop. The fun continues with a dance party (with DJ Half ’N Half, otherwise known as Hill, on the decks), and the opportunity to corner one of the performers for a smooch.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 01 Jan 2015

Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Swim

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Meet at the Boardwalk and Stillwell Ave, Coney Island, Brooklyn. Suggested donation of $20. Would you believe us if we told you a dip in the Atlantic is great for a hangover? Even if you don't buy it, cheering those brave—or crazy—enough to take the plunge will stir you from your stupor. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's Day Swim welcomes hundreds of swimmers, without the benefit of blubber, underfur or guard hairs, to venture out into the ocean. Warm clothes, a pair of sneakers you don’t mind ruining (or surf boots, if you’ve got them) and the fortitude to actually go through with it are all that’s required to take part in the brisk tradition. Membership is not required for this dip, but if you're planning on taking the plunge, help the organization raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a charity that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

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Coney Island Beach 01 Jan 2015

New Year's Eve at Times Square

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Broadway between 40th and 53rd Sts. Since 1907, a sparkly sphere has been lowered in Times Square, and even though the rest of the country has adopted the tradition, New York can still lay claim to it. Arrive by 3pm (earlier if the weather is nice) to stake out a spot in the Broadway–Seventh Avenue bowtie, and be prepared to stay put: There are no public restrooms or food vendors, and leaving means giving up your spot. It may sound like no fun, but this is really the best kind of holiday masochism, and your endurance will be rewarded with performances held across two stages, beginning at 6pm. A burst of pyrotechnics from One Times Square, every hour on the hour through 11pm, should whet the appetite for the ball drop at a minute to midnight. The geodesic sphere (11,875 pounds, 12 feet across and covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and 32, 256 LEDs) descends 70 feet before an almighty 60-second fireworks display of more than 3,000 colorful effects and confetti is released into the city sky.

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Times Square Wed Dec 31 - Thu Jan 1 Free

41st Annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading

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What better way to banish that New Year’s Eve hangover than with verse and good food? On the first afternoon of the year, almost 200 of the city’s best poets, artists and performers gather at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery and, one after another, recite their work to a hall full of listeners. Readers this year include Philip Glass, Eileen Myles, Anne Waldman and Thomas Sayers Ellis, and local shops will cater the 11-hour affair.

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The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church 01 Jan 2015

New Year's Eve Meditation

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The Kadampa Meditation Center in Chelsea offers a serene alternative to the flashy excesses of New Year's Eve in NYC. You'll start the evening snacking on hors d'oeuvres, then sit for resident teacher Kadam Morten leading the Buddha of Compassion practice (prayers, mantras, meditation). You'll finish the night setting intentions for the coming year and toasting 2014 with a booze-free beverage. Cruise into New Year's Day with your dignity intact? How very civilized.

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Kadampa Meditation Center Wed Dec 31 - Thu Jan 1

New Year's Eve Concert for Peace

Wrap up 2013 with timeless works by Mozart, Handel and Haydn, joined by legendary vocalist Judy Collins and NBC correspondent Harry Smith, who will host the program. A limited number of free tickets will be available at the door.

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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 31 Dec 2014

Dr. Phil’s Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year

Guides trained by historian and tour leader Dr. Phil (not that one) organize multiple groups to take in the New Year from the iconic landmark. After tidbits about the bridge are revealed, all the tours will pause to scan the skyline for midnight fireworks. To book tickets call 888-377-4455 or visit nycwalks.com. Meet in front of McDonald's, 160 Broadway between Cortlandt and Liberty Sts. Tours depart 10:15–11:15pm. 

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Manhattan 31 Dec 2014

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