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.
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.
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.
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.
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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