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 2018
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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 2018. 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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New Year’s Eve events in NYC

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Things to do

Dances of Vice: Demimonde Speakeasy

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Indulge yourself with an upscale bash as Dances of Vice takes over The DTA for an evening of "Demimonde." With hypnotic performances from cabaret performers set in a four-story, old world speakeasy setting, this party offers you a chance to end your year with a little debauchery.

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Just a Show: New Year’s Eve Edition!
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Comedy

Just A Show: New Year's Eve Edition

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We can all agree that after making it to the end of 2017, we need some deep, hearty laughter—and a Xanax. Laugh and cry at this curated monthly comedy showcase to release all that bad energy before hanging your new wall calendar. The show’s New Year’s Eve edition is appropriately titled “Fuck Off, 2017: One Last Hurrah” and has a lineup that boasts The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s Jo Firestone, Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s Casey James Salengo and more.

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Molly Pope and Kim David Smith
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Music, Cabaret and standards

No Thrill from Champagne

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Since you’ll avoid traveling above 14th Street on New Year’s as if your life depended on it, why not spend the final moments of 2017 with two of downtown’s most exciting stars? Cabaret sensation Molly Pope and the charismatic performer Kim David Smith join forces for a festive New Year’s Eve show at East Village supper club Pangea. Over a three-course dinner, the duo performs glamorous renditions of classic standards and inventive takes on cutting-edge music as you toast to 2018 with copious champagne. You can be sure that the evening of live singing will be way better than whatever Blake Shelton knockoff they have bouncing on the Times Square stage.

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Westlight
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New Year’s Eve at Westlight

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We’re not saying you have to dress like the Monopoly Man (some quick trivia: His official name is Rich Uncle Pennybags), but if you’re itching to break out your tux or sequins—or a tux with sequins!—this is the fete to attend. The chic space, on the top floor of the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, offers some of the best views of Manhattan, so your lofty surroundings should adequately match your attire. Passed apps, fancy cocktails and dancing seal the deal, plus the opportunity to rub shoulders with people who can afford to live in all those brand-spankin’-new Williamsburg high-rises.

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Phish at MSG
Music, Rock and indie

Phish

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The tireless jam band returns to Madison Square Garden for another New Year's Eve run. The Vermont quartet has played MSG more than 50 times, making it part of an elite club that includes Billy Joel, Elton John and the Grateful Dead. With seasoned vets like these (in particular ones that have a reputation for eye-popping NYE shows), you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy your trip at…umm, we mean to the Garden.

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Diarrhea Planet
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Music, Punk and metal

Diarrhea Planet

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Afraid of losing your edge? Lose your shit and mosh like a maniac at this guaranteed good time of a concert. The Nashville outfit Diarrhea Planet graces Williamsburg with its tight, ecstatic punk—along with five blaring guitars—for two nights of sweaty dancing at Rough Trade. The energetic anything-goes vibe will have you finishing the year like a beast, and you might just leave with the sort of recharged ass-kicking fervor you need to bend 2018 to your will.

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LeBain NYE
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Tiki Disco with Eli Escobar

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Can’t decide if your dream S.O. is more of a Brooklyn hipster or a flashy Manhattanite? You can try both types on for size at this sky-high party in Meatpacking District, where you’re bound to find a range of prospects packed together at the bar. Good Room mainstays Tiki Disco combine their Kings County cred with Le Bain’s elite vibe for this end-of-2017 bash with a special set from disco evangelist Eli Escobar. Check out the amazing views of downtown, grab a drink, and work your way to the dance floor for a meet-cute moment that’ll set the tone for ’18.

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Coney Island NYE
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Things to do

Fourth Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at Coney Island

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The only headache you’ll wake up with after this extravaganza will be from taking one too many spins on the Ferris wheel. Once again, the Alliance for Coney Island opens the city’s famous summertime playground at the end of December. In addition to fireworks over the boardwalk and live sideshow performances, chilly seaside revelers have the cool opportunity (if the weather cooperates) to take rides on the B&B Carousell, the Wonder Wheel and the Thunderbolt. The New York Aquarium also joins the action by welcoming visitors until 9pm—the penguins have already donned their tuxedos for the big night.

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Moonlight Bike Ride
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Things to do, Sport events

New Year’s Eve Ride

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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) 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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AgernInteriors
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Things to do

New Year’s Eve at Agern

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Ignite your taste buds for the New Year with an exclusive palate-expanding tasting menu at the midtown Scandinavian hot spot. You’ll go on a culinary sleigh ride through a host of unique ingredients like Icelandic seawater and Finnish caviar. Not only will you start 2018 with an adventurous meal, but the Instagram story of your epic Nordic dinner will prove that you are the true master of  #hygge.

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