If there’s one thing every Brooklyn resident knows about New Year’s Eve it’s to stay out of Manhattan. Avoid the tourists and stick close to home, which is becoming easier and easier to do these days with a growing list of end-of-year events throughout the borough.
Below, a few options both for those who like to party the night away as well as people who want nothing more than to hit the sack not long after the ball drops.
Once again, the most reliably fun thing to do in Brooklyn on New Year’s is to stroll over to Grand Army Plaza and watch the fireworks. Now in its 38th year, the festivities begin at 10 p.m. with live entertainment, followed by the fireworks at midnight.
If you want to go down to Coney Island, you can ride some of the attractions and ice skate for free as well as see fireworks. There will also be live music. For details, check the event’s Facebook page.
Both are free, which is a plus, but it will also be crowded and cold, so plan accordingly.
Drink the Night Away
You have a few options here. Brooklyn Brewery and Coney Island Brewery are both having New Year’s events, with the former costing you $115 and the latter $75. That means you have to drink that much beer to make it worthwhile, so make sure you have your Uber ready for the dizzying ride home.
There’s also the Brooklyn Winery’s “A Date with Fate,” which promises to transport you to an “evening in the sultry 1940s.” This may require a costume and costs $150 so if either of those things doesn’t float your boat we bet you can find some cheaper good times down at your local watering hole.
Dance to the Music
If how you want to spend New Year’s is jammed in a space among other sweaty people than we have you covered. You can head over to the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg to catch The Budos Band, stalwarts of the Bushwick-based Daptone Records family ($50), or stroll over to the Good Room in East Williamsburg to see the DJ duo Soul Clap spin records in what they are calling the “NYE Love Bomb” ($50), whatever that means.
The Bell House in Gowanus is having a party called “The Rub,” with tickets for $60, or you can fork over $30 for a ticket to The Bunker’s New Year’s party, which is at a 300-person warehouse whose location will be announced soon.
Stay at home
It’s always an option.