Don't want to deal wiht the crazy Manhattan crowds? Here’s a sampling of cool and festive things to do right here in Queens and Brooklyn.
New Year's Eve - Queens Style
Queens Theatre’s Golden Dragon Acrobats
Catch this world-famous Chinese cirque for an unforgettable experience! Performers (pictured above) juggle everything from umbrellas to soccer balls; see amazing acrobats and mind-boggling contortionists!
A mix of traditional dance with spectacular costumes; ancient meets modern music; remarkable theatrical techniques. Complimentary champagne toast at the New Year's Eve performance. (Dec. 27 – 31, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.) | Cost: 4 tickets - $100 ( or $32 each). Where: Flushing Meadows Park. Visit queenstheatre.org for more information.
Comedy in Long Island City
For a night of no-holds-barred comedy, check out L.I.C.’s The Creek And The Cave.
Over-the-top, bawdy sketch troupe - Murderfist - featuring “gross-out” material by weird comedians will take to the stage a t 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve. After the laughs, stay and dance until 4 a.m. | Cost: Free. Where: 10-93 Jackson Ave. (at 49th Ave.) For more information, visit thecreeekandthecave.com.
5-Hour NYC Skyline Gala Dinner Cruise
From the World's Fair Marina in Flushing aboard the Skyline Princess, set sail through the NY Harbor for an exciting evening that starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m.
Dance the night away to live music on the Skylight Deck, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop and fireworks in the distance. Free bubbly at midnight.
Buffet Dinner/Dessert/Open bar
Free parking at marina
| Cost: $225 per person. For more Info/Reservations: 718-446-1100 or visit skylinecruises.com.
Party at Club Odyssey!
The doors open at 10 p.m. and the open bar starts at 10 through midnight. Midnight toast/Free hors d'oeuvres/Cont’l breakfast
DJ’s / Party favors. | Cost: $40 before 12am / $25 after 12 a.m. Free bottle of bubbly w/table reservation. Where: 33-02 Queens Blvd., L.I.C.
For more information, check out www.clubodysseynyc.com.
A top tier view at Terrace On the Park
Celebrate in style at Terrace On The Park at 9 p.m.
Enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, yummy drinks, gourmet surf and turf. Dance into 2012 and watch the clock tick down to January 1st on a live simulcast of Times Square | Cost: $125. Buy a table of 10, get 2 tickets free! Where: Flushing Meadows Park. For more information, call 718-592-5000.
Ring in the New Year at Austin's Steak and Ale!
On New Year's Eve this Kew Gardens spot will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres. At the restaurant expect a four-course dinner per person for $49.99 and a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Call 718-849-3939 for more information, or visit their site at austinsteakandalehouse.com.
Put a little Bourbon in your New Year's celebration
New Year's Eve at Bourbon Street Cafe in Bayside starts from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy unlimited bottle beer and top shelf drinks, live music, party favors, hot and cold buffet, champagne toast at midnight. Multiple flat screens to watch Times Square ball drop. | Cost: $60. Where: 40-12 Bell Blvd., Bayside.
Don't forget about the kids
For those with little ones who want to get out of the house that night, the Applebees at the Skyview Center in Flushing will have a live DJ and dancing all night until 1 a.m.
There will be complimentary buffet and open bar, a champagne toast at midnight as well as a chance to watch the ball drop on Hi-def televisions. Party favors and noise makers are also part of the fun. | Cost: $69 per person; kids under 12 are free. Where: 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing. For more information, call 347-226-7900.
So, we've conquered Queens for one of the most exciting nights of the year. It's now time to head to Brooklyn.
New Year's Eve - Brooklyn Style
Celebrate at Brooklyn Winery
BK’s sophisticated yet decadent soiree will take you and your friends back in time to Paris in the 1890’s - with fine wine, craft beers, absinthe cocktails - even music from that era. Picture burlesque dancers and a strolling magician! BK’s transforming their wine bar into an authentic Belle Époque-era lounge. Light bites.
Asstistant manager, Rima Campbell says, "While Malbec is our best-selling wine, in winter, many people buy the Lagrein -- a wine that literally tastes like Christmas. Every time I drink it I’m transported to the day after Thanksgiving, when my family brings down ornaments from the attic. It’s packed with musty, pine-y notes and delicious mulling spices…” | The party starts at 10 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. | Cost: $200 per person in advance, $250 at the door. Where: 213 North 8th St., Williamsburg. For more information, visit bkwinery.com.
Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into The New Year
How about a late evening walk over the Bridge, while watching fireworks from Central Park, Grand Army Plaza, Staten Island, NJ – and the Empire State Bldg. light show? Sounds good, right?
Tour leaves from McDonald's (160 Broadway between Liberty & Cortlandt Streets.). Walks begin between 10:15 and 11:15 p.m and end at midnight | Cost;: Registration begins 9:45 p.m. - $50 cash on-site, $40 in advance.
For more information, call 888-377-4455 or visit newyorktalksandwalks.com.
Knitting Factory New Year's Eve Extravaganza
At 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Murray Hill’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza will spike up the night right to ring in 2012.
Neovaudeville anyone? Drag king comedian hosts a wild variety show. Enjoy free bubbly and dance party at 12am! | Cost: $25 – $100. Where: 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg. For more information, call 347-529-6696 or visit bk.knittingfactory.com.
The Nutcracker At Bam
The American Ballet Theater performs at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s whimsical world return to BAM for the winter holidays and just in time to ring in the new year with the family.
The last performance is December, 31 at 2 p.m. | Cost: $25-$120. Where: 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.
Live Music And Fireworks Spectacular At Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park
Ring in 2012 with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz as he brings in the new year with a bang at the 30th annual New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular at Grand Army Plaza (pictured above).
The free celebration, sponsored by Markowitz and held in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance, starts at 11 p.m. with musical entertainment by Brooklyn’s Rock ‘N’ Soul Experience and free hot chocolate. Best locations for viewing the midnight fireworks include anywhere in Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
Midnight Run in Prospect Park
If you want to do something more than the restaurant or party celebration on New Year's Eve, join the NY New Year's Eve Fun Run: Do a Midnight 3 Mile Run in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
Now a tradition, start the New Year off on the right foot. It's an excellent way to kick off your New Year's resolutions to exercise. After the race, participants are treated to hot chocolate — and can then go watch the fireworks. The New Years Fun Run course starts at Prospect Park's Ninth Street entrance at 11:15 p.m. and is open to marathoners as well. | Cost: $25 before December 30; $30 after.
For more information or to register, visit nycruns.com.
Kabarette at Galapagos Art Space
Enjoy a Floating Kabarette as New Year's Eve is set in Paris of the 1920s. Doors open at 8 p.m. Open bar until 1 a.m., dancing until 4 a.m. Cost: $150. For tickets and reserved seating, call their box office at 718-222-8500.