And like a flash, 2018 is gone. Every December, we wonder where the time went. Hopefully, everyone has some happy memories to reflect upon after a year that seemed to pull no punches. What better way to celebrate the year we had and welcome the new one than with friends and Champagne?
New York sometimes feels like it is the capital of the world, in terms of excitement and activity. On New Year’s Eve, the city unequivocally dominates—the iconic Times Square Ball Drop is a staple across not only the U.S. but also the world, in ringing in the New Year. But there are many other events happening that night, should you spend your final hours of this year in that great city. Reflecting the diversity of the area, many unique parties are planned to accommodate every niche interest. And though most events include a heaping of debauchery, there are plenty of ways to bond with your community in a more wholesome setting.
Check out our roundup of NYC New Year’s Eve events and find something that you and your friends can all enjoy together. We got through this year; let’s celebrate the past and rally for the future. Start your 2019 off with not just a bang but a fully orchestrated detonation.
The best parties are at secret locations. If you don’t mind the uncertainty, grab your tickets to BangOn!’s wild New Year’s Eve party, which is rumored to feature live music, virtual reality, fire breathers, and so much more.
Get Wrecked and Carry NYE
The Brooklyn natives that founded Wrecked, a regular DJ night at National Underground, will be partying until well into the hours of 2019. The mission of their project began as a refuge for like-minded queer folk to enjoy the music that they have always loved most: from disco to house to everything in between.
New York Road Runners Midnight Run
Looking for a healthy and wholesome alternative to NYE madness? Sign up for the relatively short four-mile run around Central Park with NYRR, a society for New York’s runner populace. Complete this sprint into the New Year and receive credit toward the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.
New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise
Need a quick recharge before the ball drops? This three-hour cruise will take you around New York Harbor as you enjoy a four-course dinner with a midnight glass of Champagne—and everything else on the ship—included with your ticket.
New Year's Masquerade with Sleepy & Boo
All you need to bring to this party is your best disguise. TBA Brooklyn’s annual masquerade is an extravagant affair, and this year will be soundtracked by the soothing, pulsing tones of Sleepy & Boo.
The Illuminati Ball
New Year’s Eve is your final chance every year to emulate royalty, and depending on your interests, your allegiances may lie with Audrey Hepburn and Salvador Dali. In which case, you must visit the Illuminati Ball—the event was developed around the legendary 1972 bash hosted by Baron and Baroness de Rothschilds. VIP passes to this exquisite affair will give patrons access to secret rooms, and everyone will get to keep their chosen mask after festivities end the following morning.
NYE Love Bomb
Underground DJ duo Soul Clap headlines this Love Fest at Good Room. Their fusion of funk with dance music always makes them a crowd favorite. And if you needed extra incentive to grab yours, tickets include Champagne and bagels, too.
Dances of Vice: The Celestial Ball
When we celebrate the passage of time, we should also be aware of the celestial bodies moving overhead. Or at least, that is what Dances of Vice intend to impart through its dazzling showcase at India House on Hanover Square.
John Digweed at Output
Catch techno connoisseur and veteran of the genre John Digweed spinning at Brooklyn’s Output nightclub. This is an event for anyone who wants to ring in the New Year on the dancefloor and keep moving until the sun comes up.