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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 2020.

New Year's Eve in Times Square
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It's been a long year and now we all have the opportunity to leave the bad behind and start fresh. That's why it's important to start it off right with the perfect New Year's Eve. No matter how you’re hoping to ring in 2020—sloppy, sober, laid-back or nuts—we’ve got the NYE celebration for you. So don your festive 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 this roundup of the best parties and events for ringing in the New Year.

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New Year’s Eve events in NYC

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The Jesus Lizard + Protomartyr

Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg

Let’s face it: The rich will keep getting richer, the oceans will continue to rise, and whoever wins the election next year won’t fix any of it. Nineties noise-rock icons the Jesus Lizard and Detroit post-punks Protomartyr both make bum-out anthems that elevate everyday misery into a mystically cathartic experience.

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Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos

Rattle N Hum West, Hell's Kitchen

Two piano men battle it out to prove who is truly the master of all 88 keys, with a playlist decided entirely by the audience. Whether you’re in the mood for Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera or current chart toppers, these pianists are up for the challenge. But they expect you to do your part by singing along. And for New Year's Eve, count on a wild throwdown at Gran Morsi's Cellar, featuring a four-hour open bar. 

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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

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.

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

Alongside contemporary house DJs Claptone and Shiba San, this massive trip into immersive psychedelia will feature, well, a lot. We’re talking aerialists, a mirrored room, a pirate ship, a comfy nook for snuggling (really), body painting, a silent disco, an LED dome, lots of memorable costumes and more.

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