When you think about New Year's Eve events in New York, the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2017 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—er, we mean 2017. 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 other first-of-the-year festivities with our roundup of the best parties and events for ringing in the New Year.
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New Year’s Eve events in NYC
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.
During this nine-hour affair, the BangOn!NYC crew brings fire-breathers, aerialists, zip-line performances and a silent disco to a secret Bushwick 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 Aussie tropical-house spinner Thomas Jack. See, you can have New Year’s Eve under the stars without having to freeze your butt off.
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 Savoir Adore, DJ Juan MacLean, Paperwhite and more. Would the Knitting Factory let you down?
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.
Sign up for this free night-ride event, which will take you from Brooklyn to Central Park to ring in the New Year. Bring your bike to the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge or the Washington Square Park arch for a group ride under the fireworks to Central Park's Belvedere Castle. Once you've disembarked, you will join other endorphin-fueled revelers for a party in the park.
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.
The Artist Formally known as Prince may have left the physical plane behind this year, but his music and influence will live on in 2017 and beyond. Throw on your three-eyed glasses and velour trenchcoat and get ready to dance the night away at this tribute, which will project 1984's Purple Rain on the wall while you get down to classics like "Raspberry Beret" and "Cream."
Spend NYE with Dirk Diggler and company as they bid farewell to the '70s and you bid farewell to 2016. Dirk was as unclear about what the '80s would bring him as we are about 2017. So, celebrate NYE by dancing the night away while Boogie Nights plays in the background.
Be prepared to sweat out all the toxins of a bad year—or hell, even a bad decade—dancing to New York’s favorite funk heroes Soul Clap. The duo is bringing their perfect mix of funk, retro soul and rock to Brooklyn's Good Room, and the beats won’t stop: The line-up also includes electronic beat-loving team No Regular Play and DJs Justin Strauss and Bill Caldwell. Don’t worry if you don’t know whom you’ll kiss when the clock strikes at midnight—there will be plenty of sexy strangers ready to partner up on the floor.