Don’t be the afterglow.
Be the explosion, the celebration, the catalyst, the moment. Be the reveler and the revelry because you were born to sparkle, darlin’. This year was shitty, that’s undeniable. But let’s leave with a beautiful whisper upon our lips and light in our hearts, holding hands as we countdown and put the past behind us and look towards a brighter future and a greater hope that will grow to a roar at midnight. It’s within us and it’s become us. Revelers, we. This city was made for us so now let’s do with it what we want.
oh yeah and fuck you, 2016.
Fuck Off 2016 | A Tribute to George Michael, Prince, and David Bowie and House of Yes in Bushwick.
these visionaries, artists, creators, movers and shakers deserved so much more than to go down with the SS Shit Ship that was 2016. and for that reason, we have a responsibility to dance, magic dance to commemorate them in the best way we know how. it’s dirty thursday’s at house of yes’s special Fuck 2016 edition. this event is free because that’s how they would have wanted it. all other info is here. 10pm-4am, 2 wyckoff ave at house of yes, where you do have to put on the red light™.
Gypsy Jazz Dinner at Le Fanfare in Greenpoint.
What better way to close out this year than a good meal, live jazz, close friends and the cozy-chic interior of le fanfare? There is no better way. Unless of course your dinner guests include leon russell, david bowie, george michael, leonard cohen, muhammad ali and zsa zsa gabor at the table with you. order the burrata, the octopus, and the hanger steak. settle in, relax, and warm up. 1103 manhattan ave.
because our voices should never be a careless whisper and we all need somebody to love after all the hell 2016 put us through. let’s find each other at littlefield friday night in celebration of the life of such a wonderfully talented human being. $5 gets you in. 10pm. all other info here, 622 degraw st at littlefield.
nope, nothing else here. rest up for tomorrow you fucking maniacs. (i love you.)
i’m only doing this because i know you have resolved to stop procrastinating in 2017. you haven’t made plans yet? WTF?!?! thank god i’m here. read below for your best NYE options that still have tickets available. and buy yours today, ok? let’s hop on the good foot and do the bad thing, one more time, to put the nail on the coffin of the shit storm that was 2016.
this, of course, is what you should be doing. see what can happen when you don’t wait until the last minute? absolutely pure fucking magic. this will be the NYE party you wanted to be at. their words here: “Tonight we express ourselves as everything we’ve ever wanted to become. We invite you to adorn your flesh to fit your perfected future self, idealize with your eyes and shine your heart the brightest into the New Year of the New You. Reinvent your everything. Reinvent the future. Together we can become as perfect as we already are. Dress in your finest, fiercest most favorite future of this life, your next life or your eternity.” it doesn’t get more perfect than that. transcend into 2017. and, you know, start planning ahead. you could be spending new years here. 2 wyckoff ave. at house of yes, where they don’t take no for an answer… unless they are sold out.
Fuck 2016 Party at the Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint.
live bands. djs all night. a ballpit drop (hmmm? the entire pit?? whatevs cool.), putt putt, ping pong, photo booths, kissing booths, kissing at midnight, kissing after midnight, and lots of secret little nooks in this former polish social hall to, you know. have one thing lead to another. also, there will be dancing. tickets and all info here, 150 greenpoint ave. after party at my place, and then we brunch.
god i love these guys and their parties and their shameless marketing and all of the marvelously bad decisions i make with them at the helm. get fucking nasty this year, it’s the best way to bury all of this filth, and then re-emerged rinsed and hopeful, and likely with a new lover beside you. introduce yourself. because hey, new year new you baby. tickets and all other info here. location announced on new years eve. go to this.
The Brooklyn Getdown at Studio 301 in “East Williamsburg”.
food, funk, dance, drinks. burlesque dancers and big band tunes. djs. open bar. do you get the theme yet? it’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a new year’s eve party. the brooklyn get down. $100 has you covered all night. tickets and other info here. 8pm-2am. 301 ten eyck st.
Or this big dance party at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg.
look at that lineup. rock bands. djs. rock starts acting like djs and ds acting like dancers and danceers acting like fireworks exploding across the sky in a big fantastic burst of love and light. be a part of it. $60 includes a 1-hour open bar plus champagne toast at midnight. tickets and all info here.
New Years Eve Dinner and Rooftop Party, Mccarren Park Hotel, Williamsburg.
for the slightly more refined reveler. find yourself in the fancy schmancy basesement of the mccarren park hotel for dinner at oleanders, then to the rooftop for dancing and champagne and real pain, hopefully not until the morning. party is free, dinner of course is not, but you’ll feel free. all info here. 160 N 12th st.
Other noteworthy events that might not be sold out:
this dope party at bembe, one of the best hidden mostly latin and afro-based dance spots in williamsburg. $30, check it out and warm up those hips.
dinner and dancing at the federal bar, the knitting factory’s more refined but still hip sister restaurant. make your reservation here and meet me (ok, well not me. but other really cool people!) on the dance floor.
midnights in williamsburg wants to take care of your hunger for good food, inventive cocktails, dancing all night and more than anything, transition. leave it all behind or out on the floor. make your reservation here.
nurse your hangover. seriously, you should. here are some things that may help.
The 43rd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading, St. Marks Church, the East Village.
do so by attending the 43rd annual marathon poetry reading at st. mark’s church. it’s your first reason to cross the river this weekend and it’s a damn good one. hear over 150 artists and writers read their work or the work of others at st. marks church. 131 E 10th st. 3pm-?. $25, beer provided by brooklyn brewery. come, be part of this powerful and moving event to start your year off right because “We believe a large part of the fight against demagoguery and hate occurs on the premises of language.” damn right. all info here.
this is ill-advised. i thought the point of new years was to make all of your bad decisions and relish in the —— of the evning and wake up to a hangover and a stranger and a promise to reinvent yourself going into the new year. oh wait, monday is a federal holiday? so like, sunday is the weekend too? fucking beautiful. go to this day party. there will be yoga and massages and tarot readings and a glitterifictation station and music. let’s show 2017 just how good we’re going to make it, and let’s do it together. all info here. 2 wyckoff ave. at house of yes, where good night is the same as good morning.™
Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island.
are you fucking out of your mind? listen, if i know one thing it’s that hangovers evolve. and are certainly very diverse depending on the victim and the poison and the previous night’s bad decisions. however, if this warms your heart up a bit, it’s for a damn good cause- to help send children with life-threatening diseases to camp sunshine, a retreat for healing. do something completely crazy for a really good cause. if you think that the polar bear plunge is right for you in this quest to get yo’ self right and start the year off on a good foot, i salute you, polar bear. it’s at coney island, registration starts at 10am, plunge at 1pm. all other info is here.
here’s to a great year together, brooklyn.
2017- let’s fucking do this.