New Year’s Eve in New York City is one of those polarizing events for residents. Many will proclaim to hate it, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of alternative New Year’s Eve plans to ring in 2015 that are a step above the house party (which we also love, don’t get us wrong).
1. Capitale on the Bowery. In Stanford White’s 1893 Beaux Arts 40,000 square foot party wonderland, you’ll find two ballrooms, three VIP rooms, six hours of open bar, a full buffet, and a live DJ. Celebrate a glamorous New Year from 8 pm-3 am. 130 Bowery. $99.
2. Masquerade party at the McKittrick Hotel following a performance of “Sleep No More.” If you haven’t checked out the amazingly decorated maze of rooms at the McKittrick (a real former hotel), this is a great way to do it festively. Right now the only tickets left are the masquerade only or the midnight feast + masquerade.
3. Wild Life NYE is hosting a concert/dance party at Pier 94 on Twelfth Avenue. See Disclosure, Claude VonStroke, Dusky, Ten Walls, Kyle Hall, and Isaac Tichauer with the Hudson River as a backdrop. 8 pm-6 am. 711 12th Ave. General admission $125.
4. Emerald Nuts Midnight Run with New York Road Runners is a 4-mile run, parade/costume contest and fireworks show. After a countdown to midnight starting at 11:59, the 4-mile run begins exactly at midnight. Starts at 11 pm. 72nd Street Transverse in Central Park. $55 members / $60 non-members.
5. Ride the Staten Island Ferry to see a completely free fireworks show of both Manhattan and Brooklyn. The poor man’s cruise, make sure to bundle up on your midnight ferry ride! Enter on South St. All-night. Free.
6. Jivamukti Yoga Relaxation Studio is offering to lead you into the New Year through peaceful meditation, eating delicious vegan food, practicing asana, chanting with kirtan wallahs, and reflecting in silence. 5 pm-1 am. 841 Broadway 2nd Floor. Similar event at Kadampa Meditation Center.
9. Midnight Run in Prospect Park. Is your New Years resolution to exercise? Ours isn’t either. Nonetheless, check out a fun midnight run in Prospect Park with prizes and hot chocolate at the finish line. Starts at 11:15 pm. 9th St. Entrance, Prospect Park. $21-30 to register.
10. Brooklyn Bowl is hosting an after-party “Washed Out” DJ set with Josh Kolenik from Small Black.
11. Fireworks in Prospect Park with live entertainment and hot chocolate at Grand Army Plaza
12. Coney Island Ball Drop: The Alliance for Coney Island will have its own ball drop on the boardwalk, using the 8,000 LED lights on the Parachute Jump. Plus don’t miss the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge on January 1st.
13. Last Ever Steam Whistle Blow at Pratt Institute: From 10pm to 12:30am, Conrad Milster, the chief engineer at Pratt Institute in Fort Greene, will do his annual steam whistle blow outside the school’s power plant. Some of the whistles in his collection come from such illustrious places as the SS Normandie that was destroyed in New York City. This year, sources say, will be the last ever, as Milster is getting older.
Sold out: Last show ever at Glasslands in Williamsburg (sad!) will be on New Year’s Eve.
14. Bohemian Hall Beer Garden. Spend New Years Eve at the oldest and biggest beer garden in NYC with an open bar, buffets, and a midnight champagne buffet. 7:30 pm- 2 am. 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria. $80 Single/ $150 Couple.
15. Celebrate New Year’s At Staten Island’s only brewery, the Flagship Brewing Company, with tour, buffet, DJ. Tickets here.