Ring in 2019 in the better borough!
There is no need to subject yourself to the misery of trekking to the distant isle of Manhattan to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve — whether you prefer a fireworks display, an all-night dance party, a beer bash, or a candlelit yoga class, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the auld lang syne right here in Kings County.
When the ball drops, the Bushwick dance party “Odyssey” will just be getting started! Your feet might get tired after 27 hours of dancing at Avant Gardner, but your ears will stay fresh from the variety of sounds on offer: four stages worth of underground artists — including Honey Dijon, Lee Burridge, and Tale of Us — will spin their hits. And a bevy of local food vendors will offer grub to keep you fueled for the dance floor.
Avant Gardner [140 Stewart Ave. at Meserole Street in Williamsburg, (347) 987–3146, www.avant
Party with a view
Ring in the New Year on a luxurious note at Westlight, the William Vale Hotel’s 22nd floor rooftop bar overlooking the twinkling lights of Manhattan and the many events happening around you in Williamsburg. The party has a hefty price, but it features an open bar, passed canapés, live tunes from the Borough Boys band, and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight.
Westlight at the William Vale [111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 307–7100, www.westl
Brew year’s eve
At Brooklyn Brewery’s recently renovated taproom, you can celebrate a new year and new beers, as you sample your way through the taps of its open bar. Enough brews and you’ll have the courage to bust some moves to the tunes spun by DJ Tekit Izi! And when the clock strikes midnight, you can toast with a previously unreleased “Ghost Bottle” from the brewery’s barrel-aging facility.
Brooklyn Brewery taproom (79 N. 11th St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.brook
Dance the year away
C’mon out and party at C’mon Everybody, where DJ Rich Medina will spin house, garage, and other dance grooves all night long. The party will only stop for a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave. between Clifton Place and Greene Avenue in Crown Heights, www.cmone
Light up the night
Take in a dazzling display of fireworks exploding over Prospect Park when the clock ticks down to the new year. The 39th Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks event, co-sponsored by the Prospect Park Alliance and Borough President Adams, will welcome thousands to Grand Army Plaza, where families can sip on hot cocoa and listen to local band Quintessential Playlist before the big bangs!
Grand Army Plaza (Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, www.prosp
Om to the New Year
Instead of indulging in a bacchanalian display, greet the new year with peace and serenity at a candlelit yoga class in Park Slope. Bend, stretch, and flex your way through a vinyasa flow and restorative yoga class, followed by a meditation session — all accompanied by live tunes from musician Nora Heilmann on the African kalimba and the Australian didgeridoo. Post-class, quench your thirst and toast the new year with a glass of champagne.
Bend and Bloom Yoga [708 Sackett St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (347) 987–3162, www.benda
Reverse the clock
2018 was not a great year, and we have our doubts about 2019. So let’s head back to the early 2000s instead! You can dance to throwback hits from the early aughts at Union Hall’s affordably priced “New Year’s Eve Time Machine” bash — and the cheap ticket means you will have plenty left over for drinks!
Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, www.union
Or you can throw it back to the 1980s at “New Year’s Eve with the Smiths,” starring the Sons and Heirs, a four-man tribute band honoring the British rock group. The band plays with opening act Gigantic — a Pixies tribute band. DJ Ceremony will lead the New Year’s Eve countdown and complimentary champagne toast, and will host a post-midnight dance party, spinning indie, British, and 1980s alternative hits.
Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littl
Party in the sky
Bundle up and head to the People’s Playground to welcome the new year, at a family-friendly midnight fireworks display, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Coney Island. Live bands will play on the boardwalk until midnight, when fireworks will crackle through the sky and the Parachute Jump will light up bright.
Steeplechase Plaza (on the Boardwalk between W. 16th and W. 19th streets in Coney Island, www.allia
Let your freak flag fly as you wave goodbye to 2018 at Coney Island USA’s adults-only New Year’s Eve bash. “How Cool is This New Year’s Eve Party?” will feature half-price beer and wine before midnight, and a performance-art duel between the unofficial mayor of Coney Island, Dick Zigun, and the unofficial Queen of Coney Island, Bambi the Mermaid. The party will take a brief break just before midnight to watch the fireworks, followed by an outdoor fire-eating performance!
Coney Island USA [1214 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372–5159, www.coney