1910 New Year’s Eve party in NYC. Photo via Ephemeral New York

For those following the Gregorian calendar, and that’s most of us, that magic moment when the old year ends in the last seconds of 11:59 on December 31, and the new begins at midnight on January 1, is celebrated with music, fireworks, noise makers, parties and a kiss.

And thus it has been for centuries, with Brooklyn being no exception.


We know you’re thinking about Christmas right now, but don’t forget about the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Grand Army Plaza! There will be live music and hot chocolate starting around 11 pm, followed by the fireworks at midnight. The best vantage points for the show include Grand Army Plaza, on West Drive inside Prospect Park, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Head over to Prospect Park’s website for more details.

Photo by Pixonomy


Image Source: Marine Traffic

As QNYC has already reported, this Sunday, December 30, is the last chance to ride vintage subway cars that were built in the 1930s and 1940s. But those who miss this opportunity shouldn’t get the Monday morning blues, as Queens is bursting at the seams with fantastic New Year’s Eve entertainment options on December 31. Consider the following sample: comedy with a Saturday Night Live star followed by a burlesque show; Dinner and an open bar with pop sensation Reina; a cruise around Manhattan in the Skyline Princess; a meat festival at a smokehouse; a dance party with a famous DJ; and a live music/giveaway gala at the borough’s most visited venue.
New Year’s Eve Bashes
Monday, December 31
Astoria, Long Island City, Flushing, South Jamaica
Times vary | Prices vary


Where to buy your New Year’s Eve party food in Queens

We put together a list of five spots in Queens where you can get some pretty kickass food for your New Year’s Eve party – Irish and UK products at Butcher Block in Sunnyside; Greet treats at Titan Food in Astoria; all sorts of party food at Trader Joe’s in Rego Park; dumplings and Pocky at Family Market in Astoria; and bread, sausages, and cheese at Slovak Czech Varieties in LIC. So many great noms!

The Throgs Neck Bridge gets an honor

The Throgs Neck Bridge – a Robert Moses project – is 50 years old this year, and the Bayside Historical Society (BHS) is recognizing that with exhibit on the bridge. The exhibit displays rare construction photographs selected from the BHS archives, as well as from the MTA Bridges and Tunnels Special Archive. Alison McKay, archivist for the BHS, said about the bridge, “The construction of this span had a major affect on the entire Bayside community. The bridge comes into Queens by way of the Clearview Expressway which cuts right through an already established part of the community.” The exhibit runs through 2013.

The Q58 is the slowest bus in Queens

The Straphangers folks are at it again and are doing some end of the year assessments. The Q58 bus won the 2012 Pokey Award for Queens, an award given the the slowest running buses. On the brighter side, no Queens buses were given the Schleppie Award, the award given to buses that are unreliable. The Q58 runs between Ridgewood and Flushing.

The bike lanes are installed in Astoria Park and they look great

We checked in on the bike lanes installed in Astoria Park and Ralph DeMarco Park along the waterfront in Astoria – they are part of the Queens East River & North Shore Greenway. There are separated lanes for peds and cyclists; some parts are share-the-road; and there are times when peds and cyclists split off to their own lanes. It looks pretty cool. And this will increase usability in park, which is a good thing.

The folkloric dancing of Ecuador is alive in Queens

We came across this fascinating video about the traditional dances of Ecuador, which is a way to stay connected to the culture. Esau Chauca, executive director of Ayazamana Cultural Center in Queens (they practice in LIC) says, “Its very important [that]we teach others about Ecuadorian culture] because what happens is, a lot people say they’re Latino, but they don’t really have an understanding or identify themselves with a particular group or a culture.” The dancing looks like a lot of fun!



Now that Christmas is over and Kwanzaa is in full swing, it’s time to think about New Year’s Eve. Some of you may be throwing a party, so we thought we’d tell you about some of our favorite spots for goodies (AKA food!) that could be considered for a tasty spread at your shindig.

Butcher Block. 43-46 41st St., Sunnyside, NY 11104 (GMAP). If you are craving treats from Ireland and the UK, this is the place to go in Queens. It’s located just a couple of blocks from the 7 train in Sunnyside. Here is a wondrous display of sweet and savory imports like Cadbury bars (regular size and minis), Taytos (we like the salt & vinegar but there are many flavors), candy, and biscuits. They also prepare food at the shop, including roast meats, stews, sausages, and chicken curry. Pick up some beer while you’re there, too. You can even pick up a package of Irish potato farls (a flat bread that you fry in fat) and homemade black pudding for your recovery breakfast the next morning.