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The five best places to celebrate New Year's Eve alone

The Rub's Eleventh Anniversary
Photograph: Bertie Cheng The Rub's Eleventh Anniversary

So, you've got nobody to french when the ball drops? And all your friends successfully found a mate during cuffing season, leaving you without even a pity date? Maybe your significant other decided to stay with their stupid far-away family through January 3. Well that doesn't mean you have to stay inside and watch Netflix—there's still plenty of fun for those ringing in the New Year solo.

The Rub NYE
Brooklyn's long running dance party delivers the soul, house and hip-hop. Bring your dancing shoes and it's unlikely you'll be moving alone for long. By the time you get to the complimentary champagne toast at midnight there will plenty of fellow revelers to cheer. 

New Year's Eve Ride
Celebrate the occasion with a ride up Manhattan's west side to Central Park from Time's Up. Unless you happen to own a bicycle-built-for-two or you're the inventor of some sort of tantric set of roller blades (gross) than this free group activity won't give anyone a chance to think about who's riding beside them. The ride ends with a pot luck under the fireworks, which sounds like a sweet opportunity to meet like-minded new friends. 

New Year's Masquerade
New York electronica DJs Sleepy & Boo will bring plenty of groove-worthy beats to this party at Cielo. As it's being billed as a masquerade you can show up in a fancy mask, which will add a bit of mystery to you as a lone figure and maybe the people there will all just assume you're one of their crew in disguise. 

Laughing Lotus
Close up the end of 2015 with an invigorating yoga session at Laughing Lotus. You'll not only be getting a head start on some resolutions, but you'll be actually glad you went alone—who wants a sweaty, stinky kiss at midnight? Unless, that is, there's a yogi on a mat next to you with a particularly well defined full straddle forward pose.

The Sons and Heirs NYE
If you're committed to wallowing in your misery, at least join others in expressing your feelings at Morrissey and Smiths cover band The Sons and Heirs show at Gowanus's Littlefield. Audience members are encouraged to sing along, which will make crooning, "I look at yours, you laugh at mine and 'love' is just a miserable lie" a communal experience.    

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