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Going out with a bang! Your guide to Brooklyn’s best New Year’s Eve parties

Out in style: Well-dressed partiers will gather in Grand Army Plaza at midnight on Dec. 31 to welcome the new year with fireworks and Borough President Adams!
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Good riddance to 2017!

What? We’ve still got two weeks before the end of the year? Well, that just means you’ve got time to make a plan for your New Year’s Eve partying. You don’t want to be stranded between parties when the ball drops, so make your reservation for Dec. 31 right now!

High rollers

Dance the new year in with style, confident that the hoi polloi are 22 floors below. Your $275 ticket to Westlight scores you an open bar, passed canapes, and jaunty tunes from the Broadway Project, a band of Broadway performers, along with gorgeous views of the city.

Westlight (111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.westlightnyc.com). 9 pm–2 am. $275.

A Bazaar night

Spend the last night of the year rocking out with musicians Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, who will host a “New Year’s Eve Phantasmag­oria” at the Brooklyn Bazaar, featuring This Way to the Egress and special guests Lacy Rose, Alaina Ferris, and Kalan Sherrard.

Brooklyn Bazaar [150 Greenpoint Ave. at Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, www.bkbazaar.com), 8 pm–2 am. $65.

New beers eve

Drink away the bad memories of 2017 at the Brooklyn Brewery, where there will be an open beer bar, snacks, music from Brooklyn blues and hip-hop performer Ryan O’Neil, and a barrel-aged “Ghost Beer” poured for the first time for the midnight toast!

Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.brooklynbrewery.com). 10 pm–1:30 am. $115.

A Giant show

Beloved Brooklyn band They Might Be Giants will soothe the birdhouse in your soul with their bizarre wordplay and deep cuts from their 35 years of alternative rock tunes.

Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com). 9:30 pm–12:30 am. $40.

Purple pose

Forget 2018 — it’s time to party like it’s 1999! Celebrate the late, great Purple One at the “Purple Rain Dance Party,” at the movie theater-bar-restaurant Syndicated, featuring a Prince-heavy selection of dance music, while wall-sized projections from “Purple Rain” and other trippy visuals are projected on the walls. With a midnight champagne toast.

Syndicated Syndicated [40 Bogart St. between Thames and Grattan streets in Bushwick, (718) 386–3399, www.syndicatedbk.com]. 10 pm–4 am. $30 ($25 in advance).

Decadancers

The nightlife experts of the House of Yes expand into an opulent, five-room space with “The Grand Ball” party, featuring ice castles, fire eaters, aerial performances, champagne showers, and a host of disc jockeys. Black, white, gold, or silver costumes are required.

The 1896 Studios & Stages (592 Johnson Ave. between Stewart and Gardner avenues in Bushwick, www.houseofyes.org). 9 pm–8 am. $105–$125.

Auld lang strip

Be among the exclusive crowd at the Way Station’s burlesque New Year’s Eve party — only 65 audience members will be able to watch the Wasabassco host Nasty Canasta and performers Amuse Bouche, Logan Laveau, Kita St. Cyr, Pam the Natural, and Penny Wren shake and shimmy in the new year. With a champagne toast at midnight and a 1 am bagel brunch.

The Way Station [683 Washington Ave. between Prospect and St. Marks places in Prospect Heights, (347) 627–4949, www.thewaystationbk.com]. 9 pm–3 am. $40.

High in the Heights

Brooklyn’s newest hotspot, the Brooklyn Heights Social Club on the 10th floor of the One Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, will throw a gala New Year’s Eve party looking over the East River, with a three-hour premium open bar, small bites, and a live deejay. Formal attire is required.

Brooklyn Heights Social Club [60 Furman St. at Doughty Street in Dumbo, 10th floor, www.1hotels.com/brooklyn-bridge/taste]. 9 pm–2 am. $250 (and up, $75 after midnight).

A Grand performance

Borough President Adams and the Prospect Park Alliance will welcome 2018 with a giant fireworks display and a party in Grand Army Plaza! The gathering includes a free show from Brooklyn girl group Quintessential Playlist at 10:30 pm, followed by fireworks at midnight.

Grand Army Plaza (Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, www.prospectpark.org/nye). 10 pm–12:30 am. Free.

Get on board!

Can’t decide whether to stay home with a board game, or go out and party? Why not do both? The Prospect Park Board Gaming Club hosts a basement party with games of Settlers of Cataan and Cosmic Encounter, while upstairs the Society for Ethical Culture will have music, dancing, a comedy show, cash bar, food, and a bonfire in the garden. Move between the two at will — your ticket includes dinner, two drinks, and a champagne toast.

The Society for Ethical Culture [53 Prospect Park West between First and Second streets in Park Slope, www.bsec.org). 9 pm–2 am. $50 ($40 in advance).

It’s hip to be square

Get on the floor with a combination of swing and square dancing tonight, courtesy of Brooklyn Contra Dance’s “A New Year’s New York Fling.” The band Grand Picnic will play, Linda Leslie will call the steps, and everyone gets champagne or sparkling cider at midnight. Lessons at 8 pm.

Camp Friendship (339 Eighth St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, www.brooklyncontra.org). 8 pm–1 am. $25.

New Year’s Om

If there’s anything we’ll need in 2018, it’ll be flexibility. Stretch out your tension with yoga and meditation at “Be the Light: New Year’s Eve Yoga,” with instructor Karen Shelley and live music from cellist Thai James. Center yourself, then pour some champagne and watch the ball drop.

Bend & Bloom Yoga [708 Sackett St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues, (347) 987–3162, www.bendandbloom.com]. 10 pm–12:30 am. $50 ($35 before Dec. 15).

Stay up with the Smiths

Mope in the new year with the Morrissey tribute band Sons and Heirs, who will play classic Smiths songs until they know it’s over.

Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com). 9 pm–1 am. $25 ($20 in advance).

For the masked man

Gowanus event space Gemini and Scorpio hosts “Masked,” a masquerade ball with dancing and “sensation stations” that include body painting, massage, something called “scent activation,” and more. Masks are required, and the dress code is formalware, or lingerie. A cuddle party and breakfast bar will start in the early morning.

Gemini and Scorpio in Gowanus (RSVP for address, www.geminiandscorpio.com). 9 pm–4 am. $40–$60.

Brew year’s eve

The Five Boroughs Brewing Company hosts a relaxed party, with no cover, no dress code, and a new triple IPA to kick off the night. With music from DJ Bocky and food from Pete’s Brooklyn Eats.

Five Boroughs Brewing [215 47th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, (718) 355–8575, www.fiveboroughs.com]. 4 pm–2 am. Free.

Pub partiers

The Greenhouse Cafe in Bay Ridge hosts a party featuring a full dinner, an open bar, hats, noisemakers, and a champagne toast. What more do you need?

Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets in Bay Ridge, www.greenhousecafe.com). 10 pm–2 am. $85.

For the freak

Bid the old year a firm farewell at “New Year’s Eve in Heaven: The Killing of 2017” a piece of performance art from Mermaid Parade Queen and King Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, along with Coney Island empresario Dick Zigun, followed by half-price drinks at the Freak Bar. The party will adjourn to the Parachute Drop from 11 pm to midnight, and then return to the sideshow for fire-breathing performances at 1 am.

Coney Island USA (1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th St. in Coney Island, www.coneyisland.com). 8 pm–2 am. $50 ($40 in advance).

Boardwalk baby!

Dress warmly and cruise down to Coney, where you can scream in the new year with free rides on the Wonder Wheel and the Thunderbolt from 6–9:30 pm (weather permitting). Live bands will play music on the Boardwalk starting at 9 pm, and the Parachute Jump will light up at midnight, followed by a fireworks display.

Steeplechase Plaza (on the Boardwalk between W. 16th and W. 19th streets in Coney Island, www.brooklyn-usa.org). 6 pm–midnight. Free.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at broundy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 5:51 pm, July 9, 2018
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