Have a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn and Queens
by Holly Tsang
Dec 29, 2009 | 37912 views | 0 0 comments | 702 702 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don’t have New Year’s Eve plans yet? Forget standing out in the frigid weather waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square unless you want to go into 2010 as an ice cube. There’s a lot going on in Queens and Brooklyn, so consider making plans to stay within your borough and avoid the Manhattan crowds and overpriced parties.

Austin’s Steak & Ale House | 82-70 Austin St, Kew Gardens | 718.849.3939 | www.austinsteakandalehouse.com

What better way to end the year than with an open bar? Only $65 (plus tax and gratuity) per person AND you get unlimited access to a dinner buffet, party favors, a champagne toast and plenty of big screen TVs so you can watch the ball drop in style. DJ Frank will be spinning all night. Reservations are recommeded—after all, it’s New Year’s Eve.

Bargemusic | Fulton Ferry Landing near Brooklyn Bridge | 718.624.2083 | www.bargemusic.org

Classical music lovers, feel free to get away from the pandemonium of all the New Year’s Eve parties going on in the city. Those who prefer quieter festivities can hear Bach’s Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Orchestra and the Bach Brandenburg Concerti—at a concert hall on a boat under the Brooklyn Bridge! Tickets $150, includes complimentary wine and cookies.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden | 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria | 718.274.4925 | www.bohemianhall.com

Why spend 40+ bucks just to go to a dance club when you can enjoy all-night appetizers and a buffet plus music spun by DJ Vlado all in one place? At a very reasonable price of $45 for advance tickets and $55 at the door, this is a fun way to ring in the new year without paying an arm and a leg. At midnight there will be a complimentary champagne toast. Here’s another reason to celebrate: Bohemian Hall, NYC’s oldest beer garden, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Tickets available online or by telephone. Reservations are recommended.

Brooklyn Ale House | 103 Berry St, Williamsburg | 718.302.9811 | www.brooklynalehouse.com

What’s the big deal about New Year’s Eve? If that’s how you feel about the whole darned thing, then just come to Brooklyn Ale House and hang out with friends, listen to some tunes, knock down a few drinks and watch the countdown on big screen televisions. FREE champagne at midnight. No cover charge and open until 4am. Come back at noon on New Year’s Day for the FREE bagel brunch.

First Unitarian Church | 48 Monroe Pl, Brooklyn | 718.288.5994 | www.firstacoustics.org

Join The Fort Greene Project and vocalist/musician/actor/writer/social activist Eric Spruiell for a very jazzy New Year’s Eve. Serious practitioners of the Jazz idiom, Fort Greene Project’s roots run deep into rock, soul, spoken word and stone cold blues, with a topspin of churning funk. Lifelong Brooklyn resident Selah is in love with the heady combustion of bohemian flavor, cultural diversity and historical resonance of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area. This very special event includes dinner at 8pm followed by the concert and dancing from 9pm to 1am. Tickets $75. Advance reservations required.

Galapagos Art Space | 16 Main St, Brooklyn | 718.222.8500 | www.galapagosartspace.com

End 2009 with a bang by checking out this explosive show that will have you laughing all night long. This year, New York’s nightlife superstar and beloved comedian MR. MURRAY HILL is going the distance and providing you with a one-stop entertainment option all night long! Catch his show at 10:30pm, featuring a laugh-tastic, boozy, bodacious variety show with New York’s finest, wildest, and wackiest performers. Mr. Showbiz plays the comic ringleader to this circus of burlesque bombshells, flying trapeze artists, ballsy and bawdy singers, and acts that, quite frankly, leave you guessing! Stick around for the after party (free with admission!) with DJ MEL HUCKABEE who will get the crowd dancing, and Murray DJs a late-late night set with classic hits and some of his favorite ballads to encourage romance and heavy spooning to start the new year. As the clock strikes midnight, bottles of champagne descend from the ceiling onto the audience, a make-shift "ball" drops on stage, Murray appears as the BABY NEW YEAR and leads the cast and audience into a rousing off-key rendition of "New York, New York!" Yes, all this happens within a two-minute time span! You do not want to miss this NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOWBIZ EXTRAVAGANZA to wash down 2009, and come in swinging, tassel twirling, and feeling like a million bucks, even if you're unemployed! Tickets: STANDING ROOM ONLY - $25.00 - champagne toast, after party; GENERAL ADMISSION - $45.00 - includes seat, champagne toast, after party; V.I.P. TICKETS - $100 - front pod seats, open bar pre-show & during intermission, champagne toast, after party.

O’Neill’s | 64-21 53rd Dr, Maspeth | 718.672.9696 | www.oneillsfinefood.com

Grab the whole gang (even the kids) and head on over to O’Neill’s for the New Year’s Eve festivities. There’s an open house-type event going on, with the full menu available as well as food and drink specials. All four of the dining rooms will be open, so there’ll be plenty of space for all your holiday hijinks. Local DJ Nicky Bop will be playing a variety of tunes all night and there’ll be a dance floor open so you can boogey to your heart’s content. Get in the spirit with balloons, party hats, noise makers and free giveaways. The ball drop will be televised on 110 televisions so you won’t miss a second of the countdown. The party starts at 7pm, the dining area closes at 2am and the bar’s open til 4am. Also consider popping by for O’Neill’s ‘Legendary’ New Year’s Day Brunch from 11am to 4pm the following day. Please make reservations.

Prospect Park | Brooklyn | 718.965.8999 | www.prospectpark.org

It’s not July, but there’s no better way to ring in the New Year than with a dazzling display of fireworks in Prospect Park. Start the family-friendly celebrations around 11 pm with entertainment and hot refreshments at Grand Army Plaza. Fireworks will go off at midnight. Prime viewing locations include: anywhere in Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive and along Prospect Park West between grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

Puppets Jazz Bar | 481 5th Ave, Park Slope | 718.499.2622| www.puppetsjazz.com

Puppets features some of the hottest new up-and-comers and legendary jazz artists in the world. Let the music fill your ears, mind and heart while the food and drinks fill your stomach. Bill Ware's Vibes Quartet will play from 6-9pm. Then from 9pm-4am, join fellow jazz enthusiasts for an awesome end-of-the-year celebration at Puppets’ Dj'd New Year's Eve Party. No cover charge.

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