Your Guide to Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn

Photo via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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    Brooklynites have a slew of choices for how they’d like to ring in 2016 — from a prime fireworks-viewing rooftop with friends and family to a disco Soul Train revival party out on the beach to the swells of live music at any number of venues.

    Party at Prospect Park
    To start, the fireworks will be in Prospect Park, so the best views will be from Grand Army Plaza to 9th Street, along the Park’s West Drive, or from the roof of your friend’s Park Slope or Prospect Lefferts Garden brownstone or apartment building.

    Brooklyn New Years Eve Parties

    Photo via the Prospect Park Alliance

    Musical Talent
    Looking to enter the New Year in song? Choose from a host of live New Year’s Eve music performances, from Jimmy Buffett and Huey Lewis and the News at the Barclays Center to They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

    Dan Deacon is playing Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl, Avan Lava and French Horn Rebellion will be at the Knitting Factory, and Penguin Prison will be doing a DJ set at Output.

    For those seeking a more refined evening, Brooklyn Brewery’s New Years Bash will feature an open beer bar and midnight toast of an unreleased Ghost Bottle.

    Over in Dumbo Burlesque Below the Bridges will throw an airborne party, featuring aerialists, acrobats, and a host of burlesque stars, in addition to an open bar, and Downtown Brooklyn’s classy Amarachi restaurant will host a DJ’d final meal of 2015.

    Coney Commotion
    Coney Island is pulling out the stops this year, bringing back the 1970s with a throwback disco party at Eldorado Auto Skooter.

    There will also be plenty of free fun for the having: the Wonder Wheel will be free for the night, from 9 to 11 p.m., and there will be an array of eclectic performances leading up to a midnight Parachute Jump Ball Drop, followed by a performance by the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and, of course, fireworks.

    Brooklyn New Years Eve Parties

    Photo by Stefan Kominsky via Facebook

    Warehouse Parties
    For the borough’s party monsters, consider attending BangOn!NYC’s warehouse rave at an undisclosed location off the Jefferson L stop, Jukely’s underground warehouse shenanigans, The House of Yes’ grand opening extravaganza, or NYE Blackout’s all black affair at Cascades Ballroom.

    Update: This post has been changed to reflect the fact that the Inaugural Brooklyn Ball with Borough President Adams has been cancelled.

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