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Around NYC Today (NYE) Times Sq. Ball Drop, BackFat Year in Review, Fireworks

Happy New Year!


New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, Times Square, Dec. 31 (Sun), midnight

Times Square is synonymous with New Year’s Eve. To get a good spot when fireworks explode and confetti go airborne, show up at around 3pm. You’ll need to navigate a maze of street closures and endure an outdoor version of a packed subway ride for hours. Check out the schedule of the pre-ball drop show here.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration, Grand Army Plaza – Brooklyn, Dec. 31 (Sun), 10pm – 11:59pm

See Brooklyn’s answer to the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.  Featuring a performance by Quintessential Playlist starting at 10:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at the stroke of midnight. Free. RSVP required.

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks, Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk, Dec. 31 (Sun), 6pm – 11:59pm

Greet the new year with live music and Coney Island’s side show performances. Go on rides such as the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster, The B&B Carousell and Deno’s Wonder Wheel for free (weather permitting). There will also be fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. Free


Fruit & Flowers, Rose Gold (Formerly Cape House) – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10. 

Forever Young – NYE New Wave Dance Party w/ DJs Templar, Ash, Michael T, V-Christ, Mercury Lounge – LES, 11:59pm, $10. 

Cypher League Presents: A Holiday Gathering (NYE) w/ Deem Spencer, Madwiz, Connor Donovan, Silent Barn – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8. 

Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir, Union Pool –Brooklyn, 7pm, $10. 

The Awesome Aughts New Year’s Eve Party w/ DJ Steve Reynolds, Union Hall – Brooklyn, 10pm, $5. 



BackFat Year in Review w/ Julia Shiplett (HBO’s Crashing, The Moth Radio Hour, McSweeneys), Kenice Mobley (2 Dope Queens, Laughs on FOX), Chris Calogero (Vice), Maria Wojciechowski (Seeso), Larry Mancini (of the band The Tracys), Carmen Lagala (Bridgetown Comedy Festival), Elise Valderrama (Fusion TV correspondent), Drew Anderson (Stevie), Kale Bogdanovs (Devour Hour Comedy), Frank Nelson (Finger Lakes Comedy Festival), Emily Winter (Fusion TV, Glamour, TV Land), 61 Local – Brooklyn, 7:30pm, Free, RSVP. 

Edward Farrell (Edward Farrell’s Diet Coke Reviews on Yelp), Napoleon Emill (Flatbush Misdemeanors), Hosted by Rachel Joan (New York Comedy Festival), Old Man Hustle – LES, 8pm, Free, RSVP. 



‘Volez Voguez Voyagez’ Louis Vuitton Exhibition, 86 Trinity Place – Lower Manhattan, Until January 7, (Mon to Sat – 10 am to 8pm; Sun – 11am to 7pm), Free. RSVP.

Winter Village, Bryant Park – Midtown, Until January 2, Weekdays – 11am to 8pm, Weekends – 10am – 8pm, Free.

Holiday Market at the Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center – Lower Manhattan, Until January 2, 9am to 9pm, Free.


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