Friday, December 30, 2011
Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2012 in New York City
I love the app MyCityWay. It's a great resource for finding fun things to do in 40 different cities (so far, with more to come).
Thanks to them, I've cherry-picked some of the most classic and most unusual things to do tomorrow night in the City:
Times Square: This is the mother of all New Year’s Eve events. An estimated one million people descend upon Times Square each year with more than a billion watching throughout the world. Revelers arrive around 4 p.m., opening ceremonies commence at 6 p.m., and then musical performances and celebrity appearances take over until the ball drops at midnight. Mayor Bloomberg gets to invite whoever he wants to help drop the ball: this year it’s everyone’s favorite, Lady Gaga.
Here's the schedule so you can watch on TV if you're not crazy enough to go to Times Square
Webster Hall: America’s first nightclub, Webster Hall has 126 years of party experience. The legendary Village venue has four dance floors, six rooms and four massive floors to celebrate. But the main reason thousands of people choose to ring in the New Year here is for the world’s largest balloon drop. Oh yeah, in case you’re bored, there will also be aerial performances, fire displays, and a performance by Nero after hours. 12 East 11th Street, New York City.
Madame Tussauds: Located a mere block away from the ball drop, the party here will be full of food, cocktails, and 200 life-size wax figures of celebrities. Madame Tussauds will host a live DJ, themed rooms and 85,000 square feet of party space to help you mingle with Miley Cyrus, Diddy, Robert Pattinson, Madonna and many more. 234 West 42nd Street, New York City.
Murray Hill’s Annual NYE Extravaganza at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn: Williamsburg's the destination for debauchery done right. The Knitting Factory will be full of booze and burlesque babes, and the event’s host, Mr. Murray Hill, will be keeping the laughs going all night long. 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-529-6696, Tickets $25-$100.
1st Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Festival at AMC 34th Street: 2011 hasn't been the easiest of years. So why not say goodbye with a good laugh? I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new year's arrival. $55 general admission, 312 West 34th Street, New York City.
Deadmau5 Unhooked at Pier 36: Love electronic music? Break out your glowsticks because the comically costumed dance-master is taking over the three-tiered 64,000 square-foot pier. General admission with four-hour premium open bar costs $215. 299 South Street, New York City.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden: This historic beer hall in Astoria, Queens knows how to ring in 2012 with a buffet and bierhaus bang. 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, 718-274-4925. $90-$100 per person; $160-180 per couple.