Make Some (Virtual) New Year’s Eve Plans in Brooklyn

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    New Year’s Eve will be different this year in Brooklyn. Most things are canceled. No fireworks, no parties, crowds or celebratory drinks — those are unfortunately off the table. Most people will be spending the night at home, keeping warm, quietly counting the minutes until the new year begins. With that in mind, in lieu of our usual roundup of things to do around the borough on New Year’s Eve, we have compiled a list of virtual events you can watch from the comfort of your home. 

    Watch the ball drop.

    As mentioned, the fireworks at Prospect Park will not be happening this year. But if you’re still craving traditional festivities, you can watch the famous ball drop in Times Square virtually from your couch on the other side of the river. There’s even an app that was created specifically so you can feel like you are standing in Times Square without actually being there. Welcome to our new world. 

    I need some tunes.

    Well, you’re in luck. The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a virtual holiday concert with Infinity Song, “a sibling band that began performing in front of audiences before they were old enough for kindergarten.” Sounds good to us.

    What to do with the children? 

    The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has you covered. Browse their BCM+You page for a list of guided projects for kids, including making a collage of your block, constructing a carton sailboat, building recycled wind chimes and much, much more. 

    I’m looking for some peace.

    If it’s inner peace you’re after, look no further than the Brooklyn Zen Center. They will be holding their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration and Sit, starting at 10 p.m. Usher in the new year with some tranquility. It’s free, with a $10 suggested donation.

    Read a book.

    Meditation is not your thing? How about ending the year with a big book. We suggest Thomas J. Campanella’s massive “Brooklyn: The Once and Future City.” Don’t own a copy or don’t want to trudge out to an independent bookseller? You can always grab a digital one (or audiobook) via the Brooklyn Public Library, where you can sign up for a virtual lending card here.

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