Pop champagne, ohhh, the New Year is here! Thank the heavens, because 2016 has been a rough one, folks. And it ain’t even over yet. Although watching the ball drop in Times Square might be a top bucket list item for half the country, true New Yorkers know better. This list is for you, at reasonable prices that won’t break the bank.
If you want to be traditional, minus tourists, head over to Prospect Park for their annual fireworks spectacular. On top of the New Year, they are also celebrating 150 years! Live music and fun awaits, for free, which never happens in this city on New Years. All you need to do is RSVP. Attempt to sneak in some champagne in a water bottle, but don’t say I sent you.
For those who want to gear up on that “new year, new me” fitness bandwagon, the 19th annual NYE Bike ride and outdoor after party is for you. The group will meet at 10pm at Washington Square Park, under the arch, and will then be riding up to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for the best free New Year’s Eve dance party in the city.
They also have fireworks, so things will really be getting festive. Participants are told to dress festive, bring your noisemakers and party favors, and bring food and drink to share. Sounds like 2017 will get off to a healthy start.
Send off 2016 in honor of the great Prince. The Bodega in Brooklyn is hosting a free NYE party featuring fairly loud Prince and 80’s music all night long. If you dress like Prince, you also drink for free. Live video will be up from the Times Square ball drop with a free champagne toast as well. This is essentially for those cheapskates who are also obsessed with Prince. Aka us all, right?
In celebration of quite possibly the worst year on record, go off and destroy it at the Brooklyn Bazaar. With a ball pit drop at midnight, music by Titus Andronicus, and complimentary midnight champagne, this party will help you forget all that 2016 had to offer. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.
In case you are looking for an expensive all-out-balls-out club New Years Eve, check out this list as well. May 2017 #bless us. We’re going to need it.