The best New Year’s Eve events in NYC

Don’t drop the ball on the city’s craziest holiday—check out the best New Year’s Eve events in NYC to ring in 2019
New Year's Eve in Times Square
Photograph: Courtesy Countdown Entertainment
By David Goldberg, Kevin Aeh and Will Gleason |
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When you think about New Year's Eve events in New York, the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is probably the first one that comes to mind. While the rest of the world watches half a million New Yorkers freezing their tails off in midtown, the rest of NYC will be shutting it down like it’s 1999—sorry, we mean 2019. So don your most festive holiday dresses and getups and head out for a night of New Year’s Eve fireworks, amazing New Year's Eve concerts and more first-of-the-year festivities with our roundup of the best parties and events for ringing in the New Year.

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Sandra Bernhard
Photograph: Courtesy Jordan Graham
Music, Cabaret and standards

Sandra Bernhard: Quick Sand

icon-location-pin Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, East Village
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The Divine Sandra's best work gives pop culture a big, sloppy kiss, while simultaneously biting it on the lip. Her annual year-capping residency at Joe’s Pub blends irony, wistfulness, sentiment and tongue-in-cheek (or are they?) rock songs. This year's edition, backed by the Sandyland Squad Band, promises "a brief respite from the endless madness" of the ever more stressful news of the world.

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Photo: Courtesy Mark Shelby Perry
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Dances of Vice: The Celestial Ball

icon-location-pin India House Club, Financial District
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In the skies, the planet Jupiter has just moved into the constellation Sagittarius. And so Dances of Vice welcomes its guests into a year of cosmically-lit adventure, grand creativity and opulence at this sparkling night. Arrive in your most heavenly look, and ready yourself for a night of champagne, dancing and godly performances. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Frank Monkiewicz/BangOnNYC
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BangOn! NYC presents Time + Space

icon-location-pin Various locations,
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During this eight-hour affair, the BangOn!NYC crew brings fire-breathers, aerialists, zip-line performances and a silent disco to a secret location. And as a special New Year’s treat, the entire to-the-wee-hours bash takes place under an expansive solar system installation and touts beats by Captain Claude VonStroke, Blee Bloop and many others. See, you can have New Year’s Eve under the stars without having to freeze your butt off. 

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NYRR Midnight Run

icon-location-pin Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
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Run as if 2018 were chasing you (and truly, can you imagine a scarier horror concept?) at New York Road Runners’ annual four-mile Midnight Run, which provides credit to finishers toward the New York City Marathon. At midnight, start your trek with hundreds of other festive joggers, and take in the gorgeous fireworks display at an endorphin-fueled after party. (Trust us: It’s a hell of a lot healthier than binge drinking and hooking up with a rando.) Be sure to register online before the big date. 

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Moonlight Bike Ride
Photograph: Courtesy Times Up/Peter P
Things to do, Sport events

New Year’s Eve Ride

icon-location-pin Central Park, Central Park
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Sign up for this free night-ride event, which will take you from midtown to to the Lower East Side to ring in the New Year. Bring your bike to the Plaza Hotel (9:30pm), Brooklyn entrance of the Williamsburg Bridge (9:30pm) or Madison Square Park (10pm) for a group ride under the stars before heading to TIME'S UP's Musical After-Party at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space in the legendary C-Squat (155 Avenue C). 

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Prospect Park
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Tom Giebel
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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

icon-location-pin Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
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Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve with fireworks sparkling over Park Slope. Live music starts at around 10:30pm at Grand Army Plaza, where you can also snag a 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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Mano Le Tough
Music, Dance and electronic

Elsewhere NYE

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick
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Elsewhere, the cavernous Brooklyn music venue that opened just over a year ago and wasted no time in becoming a neighborhood staple, rings in 2019 with a stacked lineup of dance music dignitaries. European imports Mano Le Tough and Tensnake sit atop a bill rammed with NYC stalwarts, including ReSolute resident Connie, PAT's Amber Valentine, Level party honcho Andrew Devlin and Working Women's DJ Voices. With this lineup, 6am will arrive before you know it.

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Illuminati Ball
Photograph: Courtesy Mark Shelby Perry
Things to do, Performances

The Illuminati Ball

icon-location-pin Weylin, Williamsburg
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Inspired by Marie-Hélène de Rothschild's outrageous 1972 ball that brought a masked Salvadore Dali and Audrey Hepburn to Paris, this smashing party attracts 1,000 of the most creatively-dressed revelers in the city to descend on the former Williamsburg Savings Bank for a night of magic, tantalizing occult rituals, dances, performances and enigmatic encounters. 

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WRECKEDnyc's Ryan Smith (left) and Ron Like Hell
Photograph: G. Pagliaro
Nightlife

Get Wrecked and Carry NYE

icon-location-pin Analog BKNY, Gowanus
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Will Automagic and Nita Aviance of the Carry Nation join DJ superpower forces with WRECKEDnyc's Ryan Smith and Ron Like Hell for ten hours of reckless gay dance party abandon in South Brooklyn. The party doesn't start until 10pm so go ahead and have a glass of champagne and some canapés with your tamer friends before slipping off into the night.

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