New Year's Eve Event Guide

Webster Hall
Who needs Times Square when the Hall's management boasts the biggest balloon drop in the world? Z100 will be broadcasting from the four-floor club, along with eight different DJs and a surprise live performance by a "chart-topping artist." Somehow this party also includes a flying trapeze, a 2 a.m. breakfast buffet, a bagpipe orchestra playing "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight, and liquor service until 8 a.m. Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, 212-353-1600, white-ticket admission is $60, cash bar; silver-ticket is $125; 2007 membership card gets you free admission until 1 a.m.; V.I.P. tables for four are $599; note the $40 after-hours ticket (2 a.m. onward). A.B.


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Affairs Afloat
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The Affairs Afloat paddleboat and two Djs bring Top 40, retro, r&b, and hip-hop to the Statue of Liberty fireworks display. The boat offers a three-hour open bar and hors d’oeuvres; a dockside continental breakfast follows at 1 a.m. Boards at 9, Pier 40, West Houston Street and the West Side Highway, 212-843-2400, $144. K.K.

Fireworks
Catch the fireworks in Central Park at midnight, without breaking a sweat. Best place to watch? Some say Bethesda Fountain. Enter the park at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street and you'll avoid the runners lining up for the 5K. A.B.

Brooklyn's got its own fireworks extravaganza, the 25th annual fireworks show in Prospect Park, at midnight at Grand Army Plaza. (This is the northern part of Prospect Park's Long Meadow, near the Memorial Arch.) Watch from Grand Army Plaza, the western side of the Prospect Park Drive loop, or along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. (Park on Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Park West, and nearby side streets.) Or find a friend with a rooftop in Park Slope or Prospect Heights. Call 718-965-8999 for info. A.B.

If you want views of several fireworks shows (from Staten Island, Prospect Park, Central Park, and New Jersey) and don't want to spend a lot, bundle up and grab a bottle of champagne to welcome 2007 from the Brooklyn Bridge. For an organized group expedition, complete with a professional tour guide spouting Brooklyn Bridge trivia, join the 12th annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk. Organizers say you might also catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building light show. At 10:30, departs from Blimpie's restaurant, 38 Park Row, 888-377-4455, newyorktalksandwalks.com, $35 pre-paid credit card reservation includes refreshments and prizes; $40 to join that night ($20 for kids under 15). A.B.

Bike
Bikers and skaters can join Time's Up, the environmental activist group behind the monthly Critical Mass rides, for their ninth annual New Year's Eve Party Ride to Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Meet under the arch in Washington Square Park or join the pack a bit later as they pass Madison Square Park (23rd Street and Broadway, near the Flatiron building) around 10:40 p.m. By 11:15 they'll be at the Sherman statue in front of the Plaza Hotel, 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. At 10:30, Washington Square Park, 212-802-8222, times-up.org.A.B.

Bowl
Bowl the night away in borrowed shoes at the city's 68-year-old colorfully retro-styled bowling alley. The open bar is just that, and there's a full dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight. From 9 p.m. through 3 a.m., Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place, 4th floor, 212-255-8188 x10, $95 and up. A.B.

Run
Resolving to get in shape for the New Year? Start 2007 off right with the Midnight Run in Central Park organized by the New York Road Runners Club. The evening begins at Tavern on the Green with a DJ and dancing, a costume contest and parade, and then fireworks and the 5K at midnight. Champagne at the halfway point will keep you tottering toward the finish line, and Emerald Nuts, the race sponsor, is offering a $300 cash prize for the "Emerald Nuttiest" costume. Non-athletic friends and family can volunteer with the Road Runners. At 10, Tavern on the Green, Central Park West and 67th Street, 212-860-4455, nyrr.org, $35 registration fee for nonmembers who sign up before December 16, $40 after that. A.B.

Bargemusic
This all-Bach performance proves that you can find classical music right on the water, for both culture and fireworks: Bargemusic is a floating chamber-music hall on the Brooklyn side of the East River. Price of ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and wine. At 7, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, 718-624-4061, $125. A.B.

The Circle Line Fleet
Celebrate the New Year with a four-hour cruise to see the fireworks above the Statue of Liberty. Each ship offers a full open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, DJs, a midnight champagne toast, and the option of watching a live broadcast of Times Square just like you would at home. The 143-foot luxury Zephyr departs from the South Street Seaport while the Miss Circle Line leaves from Battery Park. From 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Zephyr , South Street Seaport Pier 16, $175;Miss Circle Line, Battery Park Slip 3, $125, 866-925-4631. K.H.

Cloud 9 IV
The 135-foot charter ship enters the watery fray for the usual deal: fireworks and Liberty, open bar, dancing to current hits—and a four-course dinner of filet mignon and lobster tail. Boards at 9, New York Skyport Marina, 23rd Street and the East River, 212-843-2400, $165. K.H.

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