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The long-running legendary Green Door NYC party infiltrates Don Hill's with a loud, messy rock 'n' roll bash recalling the days of auld lang syne in a wilder New York. Fittingly, the late, great '90s punk band D Generation's singer, Jesse Malin, appears with his new band, the Heat. Malin, an artist in the classic punk songwriter mode, has collaborated with Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen; amid all the sweat and guitar noise, his songs are driven by story, character, and atmosphere. Go-go dancers make the party a party and former D Generation and Danzig bassist Howie Pyro spins records. A midnight champagne toast is included in the admission. At 11:30, 511 Greenwich Street, 212-219-2850, $20. K.H.
Earth NYC is visually and culinarily inspired by South and Southeast Asia and was designed by Manish Malhotra. The establishment straddles the border between restaurant, lounge, and cluba very well-lit border, thanks to the proliferation of candles that threaten to set its pretty fabrics aflame. New Year's Eve brightens the place up further with a six-hour open bar, and house, hip-hop, rock, and '80s music. At 8, 116 Tenth Avenue, $85. K.H.
Europa Night Club
A recipe for diversity, North Brooklynstyle: Take one Greenpoint Polish nightclub, fill it with Brazilian music, and cap the festivities with a Swedish meal. Samba Novo bring a little carnival steam to the dead of winter, shaking out the bossa nova, forro, batucada, reggae-samba, and yes, good old samba. A floor show complete with dancing girls and capoeira completes the experience. Europa promises that its celebration will include games and New Year's accessories in addition to the salmon, midnight champagne toast, and open bar. DJ Berni plays for the crowd. Elegant attire required. At 9, 98104 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-383-5723, $100 with dinner, $60 at the bar. K.H.
This isn't just the dimpled, diaper-wearing mascot of the New Year; it's a bar and music venue on the Lower East Side, andmost importantlyit's happily far, far away from the ball-dropping frenzy that will be taking place in midtown. Who needs confetti when you can have a five-hour open bar and the requisite champagne toast at midnight? Several DJs will take turns spinning a mixture of the hottest dance tracks. 112 Rivington Street, 212-533-1888, $100. A.B.
This event space only hosts parties of 100 or more. It's literally under (and built into) the Queensboro Bridge, with vaulted tile ceilings, granite arches, and a mezzanine level to take architectural advantage of the unusual, cathedral-like space. It's actually a New York City landmark known for the romantic "old New York" feel but was updated in 2005 to include a glowing glass-front bar; drink specialties include the Flirtini. New Year's Eve means they'll have the standard DJ, buffet stations featuring their American nouvelle cuisine, and hors d'oeuvres from 9 until midnight. Cocktail attire required. Your ticket stub also gets you into the after-hours parties at Snitch, Home, and Guest House. At 8, 409 East 59th Street,212-980-2455, $150 general admission, $250 for "ultra V.I.P." service. A.B.
This may be another celeb-pursuing West Twenties bottle-service club, but it's undeniably well-appointed: the red floor, brown leather banquettes, and damask wall coverings give the place a louche boys'-club vibe. The Home offshoot's NYE celebration promises its usual house music and a six-hour open bar. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 3 a.m., 542 West 27th Street, $150 and up. K.H.
Part of that same wave of gauzy, whiny David Byrne imitations that brought you the Arcade Fire, 2005 indie favorites Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have worked their way up from a weekly Pianos residency way back when to the mammoth Hammerstein on the biggest night of the year. Out with the old and in with the new: It's a time for looking back and looking forward for the little Brooklyn-Philadelphia quintet that could. Tonight's performance and a soon-to-be-released second album should determine whether they're a flash in the pan. Will the boys follow their evil sides down the road that gave us the unlistenable "Clap Your Hands!" intro and the horrifically titled "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth," or will they listen to the good angel on their other collective shoulder and produce more songs like the winsomely melodic "Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)"? At 8, 311 West 34th Street, $95$140 (Ticketmaster says it's $42). K.H.
The Neverland party kicks off at this rustic music space in industrial-but-trendy Red Hook. Turntable guests include DJ Monk (of Rabbit in the Moon) and Skylab 2000 featuring Sunrize, Pleasurehead, Havok, and ODI. Catch glimpses of cruising party boats and the fireworks over at the Statue of Liberty from the Red Hook waterfront, and then enjoy a late-night/early-morning urban adventure making your way back to civilization using Red Hook's limited public transportation (so travel with friends). At 9, 18 Commerce Street, Brooklyn, 718-797-3007, ticketweb.com, $25. A.B.
The boys and girl of Brazilian Girls are the thinking man's party band, setting Neruda poetry and odes to the Deutscher Bauernkrieg to dance music to lounge by. Not Brazilian at all, they're nonetheless cosmopolitan and multilingualbut all that worldly sophistication has local roots. The Girls came together at Nublu, the tiny Avenue C bar that has nourished a stable of artists including the Wax Poetics crew and Kudu. Now they're on their second album,Talk to La Bomb, and they've been remixed by the likes of egghead dance maestro Matthew Herbert. At 9, 17 Irving Plaza, 212-777-6800, $55 in advance, $60 at the door. K.H.