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Go Out With a Bang


"I know Christmas is over, but I really really want a miniature pony. Please?"  

If You: Dig Balloons
Your Party:Webster Hall New Year's Eve
Webster Hall ; 8 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
Webster Hall is very excited about its balloons. And why shouldn't they be, as it's apparently "the Largest Balloon Drop in The Free World!" If balloons aren't enough for you, there will also be four floors of high-flying aerial acts (we hope they watch out for the balloons!), fire displays (!), and, oh yeah, dancing; $99-$150.

You're on a boat!   

If You: Would Rather Be on a Boat
Your Party: Take a Cruise
Half Moon Cruise; 8:30 p.m.; SkyPort Marina, 23rd St. at FDR Dr.; 212-496-8625
Paddle Wheel Queen; 9:45 p.m.; SkyPort Marina, 23rd St. at FDR Dr.
Spend NYE on a boat with a couple of options for cruises. Take a trip downriver on the Half Moon, where admission gets you a four-hour premium open bar; $150-$175. Or opt for the Paddle Wheel Queen, a saucy lass who also plies you with alcohol and promises spectacular views of the fireworks at midnight; $170.

If You: Hang Out With D.J.'s
Your Party: New Year’s Eve: Built by Meanred
Loreley Williamsburg; 9 p.m.; 64 Frost St., at Meeker Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-0025
Party with some solid folk when Nick Catchdubs (Fools Gold Records) spins the tunes at this relatively intimate soiree at the beer garden turned party-central. With Jubilee and special guests to be announced; $15-$20.

If You: Still Wear Your Flannel And/Or Leg Warmers
Your Party: Culture Club: Party Like It's 1999
Culture Club; 9 p.m.; 20 W. 39th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-921-1999
Look to the future by clinging to the past at Culture Club, where $75 gets you four hours of open bar and four floors of dancing to hits of the eighties and nineties. A Champagne toast rings in the midnight hour and, who knows, maybe you’ll get to clink glasses with co-owner Debbie Gibson; $75.

Deadmau5 is shy.  

If You: Own Glowsticks
Your Party: EverAfter with Deadmau5
Pier 36; 7 p.m.; 299 South St., nr. Jackson St.
There will be more electronic music than you can handle when the costumed dance-master turns a pier (actually a three-tiered event space) into the place to be, with reduced admission after 1 a.m. Also, this one promises a “light orgy,” so bring protection, we guess. (Just kidding! We know what it means. But you should always use protection); $125-$375, VIP, $2,250-$15,000.

If You: Are a History Buff
Your Party:New Year’s Eve Walk Into the New Year
Meet outside McDonald's; 10:15 and 11:15 p.m.; 160 Broadway, nr. Liberty St.; 888-377-4455
One for bridge aficionados and/or avid walkers: New York Talks and Walks will regale you with stories about the Brooklyn Bridge, then deposit you on the structure itself for the midnight hour, where fireworks will be visible from Central Park, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey as well as the Empire State Building light show; $40 credit card in advance, $50 cash day of.


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