New Year’s Eve Guide: More Options to Ring in 2014


ROARING ’20S party

We hope you know how to do the Charleston, old sport, because Dances of Vice, promoters of some of the city’s most spectacular costume parties, are traveling back to the Roaring ’20s with a scene straight out of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Dance the night away to a spectacular lineup of musicians and performers, including Dandy Wellington & His Band, Joel Beaver Trio featuring Pooquette, Bettina May, Medianoche, and Donny Vomit. Taking place in a private Victorian-era landmark built in the style of a Renaissance palazzo, the event features dinner service for VIPs and open bar all night for everyone. Dress fabulously jazzy. At 9, 1 Hanover Square,, $150–$200 ARACELI CRUZ


Wyatt Cenac and Judah Friedlander have been bringing the laughs all year at clubs around the city, so it’s fitting that they keep cracking us up right into 2014. They join Sherrod Small, Dan St. Germain, and others at two back-to-back shows at the Stand in Gramercy Park, with a countdown to midnight at the 10:30 show. If you want to be closer to Times Square, check out the New Year’s Eve Spectacular at Caroline’s on Broadway, where you can watch the ball drop on their big screen while enjoying nationally recognized comedians, including Michael Che, Vince August, and Phil Hanley. Stay after for DJs and dancing into the wee hours. At 8:30 and 10:30, The Stand, 239 Third Avenue, 212-677-2600,, $55 for open bar, $85 for premium tickets; at 7:30 and 10 (party only for 10 p.m. ticketholders), Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, 212-757-4100,, $44–$164 HEATHER BAYSA


Everyone resolves to work out more on January 1, but to really keep your promise, why not get started at the stroke of midnight? Instead of an evening of debauchery (because, c’mon, we do that practically every week), set a healthy tone for 2014 with the New York Road Runners’ Midnight Run. The scenic four-mile course, more relaxed than strenuous, winds through Central Park and highlights its landmarks. Live music, dancing, and a costume contest take place beforehand followed by a 15-minute fireworks show at midnight and a party at the finish line. Pause to toast the new year with a flute of sparkling cider at the halfway point. Performances at 10, race starts at 11:59, Central Park Bandshell at 72nd Street Transverse,, $60–$65 HEATHER BAYSA


Wish you could travel somewhere else for New Year’s Eve? Like, perhaps, New Orleans? Radegast Hall is throwing one hell of a New Orleans–style party. On tap is live music by Professor Cunningham and his Old School jazz band and a burlesque performance by the Love Show. And though you’ll be living it up inside a warm biergarten in Williamsburg, you can still catch the madness in Times Square via a screening of the ball drop at midnight. Truly thinking of everything, your hosts also promise to quiet the booze buzzing in your head with a serving of their traditional “anti-hangover garlic soup” at 2 a.m. At 10, Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn,718-963-3973,, $10 ARACELI CRUZ


Sometimes, the best way to ring in the new year is to spend it with people you’ve been partying with all year long. Thankfully, Marcelo C. (Nacotheque), one of our favorite DJs in New York, is hosting Rico Suave’s NYE Party, and he’s inviting you and some of his personal pals, too. Tonight’s fiesta includes guest DJs Rat (one half of the D.C.-based collective Maracuyeah), Lechuga, and Claruxxx (NYMosaico, Remezcla), who spins Ibero-American pop, rock, tropical, kitsch — and everything in between. There’s a vodka open bar from 10 to 11 and free champagne at midnight. At 10, Fontana’s (basement), 105 Eldridge Street, 212-334-6740,, $5 ARACELI CRUZ


“Why pay a lot of money to go to a party you don’t want to attend . . . when you could do things that you like?” ask the good folks over at LaunchPad. And we have to admit, they have a point. If you want to avoid the crowds and exorbitant covers, head on over to this chill Crown Heights spot for board games, crafting, a potluck dinner with home-brewed beer, and cozy hanging out. Don’t fret, revelers, there will be karaoke and plenty of dancing to music you might actually want to listen to. At 9, LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn,, $10 HEATHER BAYSA


In a perfect world, New Year’s Eve would mean getting ready in a fabulous hotel room, taking the elevator to an insane party, and then crashing in your room without ever leaving the building. Well, it’s totally doable. Here’s our roundup of the best hotel parties happening on New Year’s Eve.

Tonight’s party at the Hudson Hotel, just blocks from Times Square, includes an open bar, live music all night, and complimentary champagne at midnight. At 9, Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street, $115–$400 (your ticket includes a free entrance to an after-party at B.B. King Blues Club)

The Hotel on Rivington, in the heart of the Lower East Side, is throwing two parties. Start off at its restaurant, Co-Op, where they’ll pass out funny hats, free drinks, and great food. Then head up to The Penthouse and take in views of New York’s skyline, with DJs all night. At 9, Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington Street, 212-475-2600,, $105–$350

Ring in 2014 at the Gansevoort Park Avenue in one of its six luxurious party rooms, including the Blue Room, which features a beautiful outdoor terrace and fireplace. Each room features live music, open bar, and much more. At 8, Gansevoort Park Avenue, 420 Park Avenue South, 212-317-2900,, $125–$395

The Dream Hotel Downtown, nestled between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, offers a super festive NYE party that includes an open bar, live music, and a live feed of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. Plus, free party favors. At 9, the Dream Downtown, 355 West 16th Street,, $150–$375 ARACELI CRUZ