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Go Out With a Bang

From busty bombshells to electronica on a pier, a guide to where to party on New Year's Eve.


Nobody told Mike the costume party was off.   

If You: Enjoy Lithe Ladies
Your Party: Murray Hill's Annual NYE Extravaganza!
Knitting Factory; 9:30 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-529-6696
It’ll be booze, boobs, and bawdy entertainment with the bombshells of burlesque and their humble ringmaster Murray Hill. The lineup includes shimmying showgirl Dirty Martini, performance artist Neal Medlyn, singer Amber Martin, and, in its always highly anticipated appearance, a monkey. $25-$100.

If You: Are Athletic
Your Party: Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
Meet at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park; 10 p.m.; Fifth Ave. at 72nd St.
Start the night off with revelry at a D.J.-ed dance party and costume contest, then, at midnight, toast to good health with a run organized by New York Road Runners. And no worries if you’re more interested the first part than the running part: Volunteers are welcome; $10-$55.

If You: Try to Keep It Classy
Your Party: New Year's Eve at Silver Lining
Silver Lining; 10 p.m.; 75 Murray St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-513-1234
Facilitate that midnight kiss with oysters, sweet and savory bites, and smooth live jazz at the new (and super swank) Petraske joint in Tribeca. Tickets are only sold in advance, so plan early for this one. And don't forget to dress to impress; $125.

If You: Would Rather Talk to Mannequins
Your Party: Madame Tussauds New Year's Eve
Madame Tussauds; 8 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP); 234 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 800-246-8872
You know when you go to an event and everyone's so fake? Well expect just that at this shindig just a block away from the ball drop, with food, cocktails, and 200 life-size wax creations to party with. Who knows, maybe one of them will give you a peck at midnight? But that might be creepy; $50-$700.

Hearts Melissa Joan Hart.   

If You: Stalk Celebrities
Your Party: Good Units New Year's Eve Party
Hudson Hotel; 8 p.m.; 356 W. 58th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-554-6000
The celebrities are a little more real at Good Units, where Adrien Grenier is hosting a party and performing with his band the Honey Brothers. Worth it to gaze into his eyes and talk his ear off about the masterpiece that is Drive Me Crazy; $99-$545.

If You: Like Sports
Your Party: Bowling
Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge; 8 p.m.; 624-660 W. 42nd St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 646-829-0170
Bowlmor Times Square; 8 p.m.; 222 W. 44th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-680-0012
Strike out this New Year—in a good way—with a couple of options for Times Square NYE bowling. Over way west, Lucky Strike hosts six hours of open bar with the option for a private room, $55-$300, while closer to Times Square you can ring in 2012 in the many rooms of Bowlmor, which will provide food, an open bar, and a D.J., if your girl is the type who likes to party all the time; $45-$135.

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