Times Up, New York’s direct-action environmental coalition, has a great way to spend New Year’s Eve: Enjoy the holiday lights firsthand during their 14th annual New Year’s Eve Bike Ride/Skate Party. Ride from Washington Square Park up to Central Park’s lovely Belvedere Castle for a New Year’s dance party complete with fireworks. You can also pick up the parade at Madison Square Park (23rd and Broadway) at 10:20 or join the “feeder” ride at the Brooklyn side of Williamsburg Bridge at 10. Or if you want to skip the exercise, come directly to the castle at 11:45 for the big blast. Wear your sparkliest (warm) clothes, bring noisemakers, and pack food and drink to share. It’s all free—just be there!

Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., 2011

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 28, 2011

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