Top 10 outside-the-box ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn
Tired of trekking into Times Square to watch the ball drop? Don’t leave the borough this year and try one or a few of these outside-the-box New Year’s Eve celebrations in Brooklyn. There’s something for everyone.
1. New Year’s Eve Grand Army Plaza Fireworks Show
As an alternative to heading into Manhattan, New Yorkers can check out Grand Army Plaza’s 37th annual fireworks show just off of Prospect Park with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The event is free and the fireworks start at midnight.
Be sure to arrive early, as it gets crowded well before the clock strikes 12, and there is live entertainment and hot chocolate starting at 11 p.m. This year’s gathering will be extra special since it will also be a celebration of Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary.
For more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-fireworks-in-prospect-park-150th-celebration-tickets-29255054656.
2. New Year, New Beer
What better way to spend the night than at the New Year’s Eve Brewery Bash at the Brooklyn Brewery? Join other Brooklynites as they celebrate the brewery’s new beers this year.
There will be music, an open bar featuring more than 20 beers, tasty snacks from Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Martin’s Pretzels and North Fork Potato Chips and a toast of an unreleased Ghost Bottle at midnight, fresh from the brewery’s barrel aging facility.
The party starts at 10 p.m. and is 21-plus. Please note that this event is sold out, but there are still spots on the waiting list.
For more information, visit brooklynbrewery.com/events/2016/12/31/new-year-s-eve-brewery-bash-nyc.
3. Amble Across the Brooklyn Bridge
With a forecast set for 41 degrees and no signs of rain, spend the evening walking across the Brooklyn Bridge or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade if the overpass is too crowded. Come around midnight to see fireworks all over the city’s skyline from Brooklyn, Central Park, New Jersey and even Staten Island.
There is also a guided tour led by historian Dr. Phil who will be leading a group across the bridge all the while offering tidbits about the history of Brooklyn’s famous landmark. At midnight, the tour will pause so that attendees can feast their eyes on the many pyrotechnic displays.
Afterwards, hop on the subway or take a cab to another event on the list.
For more information, visit nycwalks.com.
4. New Year’s Eve Ride
Start the year off right on your bike or skates at the 19th Annual New Year’s Eve Bike Ride and Outdoor After Party. Start at 9:45 p.m. on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge and ride to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for a free dance party with fireworks.
Festive attire is encouraged, and don’t forget to bring food and drink. Careful not to ride and imbibe!
For more information, visit times-up.org/rides/new-years-eve-ride-dance-party.
5. Coney Island New Year’s Eve Celebration
Ring in 2017 at the Third Annual Coney Island New Year’s Eve Celebration. Attendees will be treated to live entertainment, sideshow performances, free rides and free ice skating starting at 6:00 p.m.
At midnight, there will be a fireworks show off the beach and boardwalk, and don’t forget to watch the midnight ball drop from the Parachute Jump next to MCU Park.
For more information, visit www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/12/31/third-annual-coney-island-new-years-eve-celebration.
6. Gemini and Scorpio’s Labyrinth Lounge
Attendees never know what to expect at a Gemini and Scorpio party. Hosted in a spacious 3000-square-foot loft in Gowanus, the company’s themed costume parties are always a spectacle.
For New Year’s Eve, come to the “Labyrinth Lounge,” where partygoers will be celebrating “30 years of puppets, goblins and Bowie’s crotch with an intimate, immersive two-location featuring live bands, unexpected performances, strange creatures and irresistible dance grooves.”
This 21-plus (25-plus suggested) event runs from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tickets range from $40 to $60.
For more information, visit geminiandscorpio.com/events.html.
7. Disclosure’s Wild Life BK NYE
It’s not until after the ball drops and the fireworks stop that the true partying starts. Throw on your dancing shoes and join three-time-Grammy-nominated English electronic music duo Disclosure, along with techno heavyweights Tiga and Kenny Larkin at a secret warehouse location. Rounding out an already impressive lineup is New York native and Bushwick party curator Eli Escobar.
This 18-plus event goes from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and tickets range from $99 to $115.
For more information, visit wildlifebk.frontgatetickets.com/event/e9ek7mr6gk77vhdn.
8. BangOn!NYC’s Time and Space
BangOn!NYC has established itself as a staple of the Brooklyn music scene, having thrown many legendary warehouse parties. The event production company prides itself on not only bringing in a stellar lineup of DJs and artists, but also on creating an immersive, interactive and innovative experience for its guests, and that’s exactly what they have in store for New Year’s Eve.
Their New Year’s Eve party, dubbed “Time and Space,” features tropical house stalwart Thomas Jack and will take place in a massive East Williamsburg warehouse with 20-foot high stain glass-colored windows. This extravaganza will feature two stages, a silent disco, interactive performances, fire breathers and large-scale art.
This 21-plus event goes from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and tickets range from $60 to $90.
For more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/bangonnyc-presents-new-years-eve-2017-time-space-w-thomas-jack-tickets-29266708513.
9. Be Yourself vs. MoodRAW
Dance the night away in a secret Brooklyn warehouse with Grammy-nominated record producer, DJ and Brooklynite Danny Tenaglia, along with the Lebanese-Nigerian music producer and DJ Nicole Moudaber. This strictly techno party is not for the faint of heart. Expect this one to go to the wee hours of the morning with these two techno titans going back to back on the turntables.
This 18-plus event goes from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and tickets range from $50 to $95.
For more information, visit ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1382833.
10. New Year’s Eve Masquerade
Bid adieu to 2016 and say hello to 2017 at Sleepy & Boo’s New Year’s Masquerade at TBA Brooklyn in Williamsburg. This married house and techno DJ duo has hosted many unforgettable parties at this discreet nightspot tucked underneath the Williamsburg Bridge. With a three-hour open bar, buffet dinner and champagne toast, this is a great way to spend the night.
Expect virtuous vibes, flavorsome food and delicious drinks.
This 21-plus event goes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., and tickets range from $25 to $80.
For more information, visit residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?900514.
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