Countdown to 2024: Where to ring in the New Year in Brooklyn

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Ring in the new year with the classic New Year’s Eve fireworks in Prospect Park!
File photo courtesy of Andrew Gardner/Prospect Park Alliance

The countdown to 2024 is underway, and if you are looking for somewhere that is not Times Square to ring in the New Year, Brooklyn has something for everyone — whether you’re a night owl or an early bird.

For the traditionalists

The traditional New Year’s fireworks are returning to Prospect Park this Sunday. A Kings County staple for more than 40 years, celebrations at Grand Army Plaza will begin at 1o p.m. with live music by Quintessential Playlist, followed by a fireworks spectacular at the stroke of midnight.

The event is free to attend, though Brooklynites are encouraged to RSVP in advance.

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A dazzling display of fireworks will light up the sky above Prospect Park on Dec. 31. File photo by Jordan Rathkopf

For the club rats

If you’re more about a beat drop than a ball drop, clubs and bars throughout the borough are hosting their own New Year’s Eve parties into the early hours of 2024.

Here’s a selection of them:

Bushwick: THIRST, a queer strip party, is taking place in the Sultan Room at the Turk’s Inn at 234 Starr St. Live performances start at 8 p.m. with a strip club dance party rounding out the night until 4 a.m. Tickets are $50 and can be found here.

Bushwick: Artists collective and nightclub House of Yes, at 2 Wyckoff Ave., is throwing a Gala Galactica with DJs Bianco and Moderna among those on deck throughout the night. Party-goers are asked to don their best galactic glamor to be in with a chance of winning a bottle of champagne and free entry to the House of Yes for a full year. Tickets cost $70.

Bushwick/East Williamsburg: Have an immersive New Year’s Eve experience at 1896 studios as Junxion & Sonic Jungle transform the warehouse space with multiple creative experiences and musical stages. The party ends will continue until dawn, when revelers will head to  the glass roof enclosure and outdoor courtyard to experience the first sunrise of the year. Tickets start at $100.

Carroll Gardens: Parklife’s annual New Year’s party at 636 Degraw St. offers a variety of experiences, from spending the night on the dance floor or competing with friends in trivia. The event is free with RSVP but admission is not guaranteed unless you purchase a drink package, which includes two house cocktails and prossecco to toast with at midnight. Sign up here.

Sunset Park: The Carreau Club at Industry City is throwing a Boule Ball starting at 9 p.m. For $200, up to 15 friends can reserve a pétanque court from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The reservation includes all of the necessary equipment and a pétanque guide to teaching everyone how to play. No reservations are needed, find more information here.

Sunset Park: Barrow’s Intense Tasting Room is hosting its first ever Masquerade New Year’s Eve Party at their Industry City venue. Masquerade masks will be provided for all attendees, and ladies are in luck as entry provides them with two complimentary drink tickets. Entry costs $35 for women and $45 for men. Tickets can be purchased here.

For the early birds

Brooklynites are invited to celebrate the start of 2024 at Dave and Buster’s big New Year’s party at the Atlantic Center. Starting at 4 p.m., families can enjoy tasty food, arcade games and more — all for the price of a $20 ticket. There will also be a celebratory toast at 6 p.m. Find more information here.

There is also a later party starting at 9 p.m. first those who are so inclined.

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For those who prefer New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve, head to Coney Island for the annual Polar Plunge! File photo by Erica Price

For the New Year’s Day players

Start of 2024 with a fresh blast of the icy waters in Coney Island. The 121st annual Polar Bear Plunge — between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — doubles as a fundraiser to benefit local non-profits with donations optional.

For those interested in taking the plunge this New Year’s Day, online pre-registration is open until midnight on Dec. 31, while day-of registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. inside Luna Park at 1000 Surf Ave. in Coney Island.