2007 is just around the corner, and we've got a little tip sheet on where to be when the clock strikes midnight.

2006_12_arts_clock.jpgMUSIC + PARTY

2006_12_arts_clap.jpgClap Your Hands Say Yeah will help ring in the new year with their guests the Bob Mould Band and Final Fantasy at Hammerstein Ballroom. Our friends at Stereogum are sponsoring the show, and tickets are still available here. Clap's second album, Some Loud Thunder, comes out in January, here's one of the songs you'll hear on it: Love Song No.7.mp3

• As you know by now, James Brown was supposed to play a New Years show at BB King's. We received this email last night announcing the show that will take place instead:

"We here at the club feel extremely blessed to have had to opportunity to work with the late, Great Mr. James Brown on many occassions. His legend will forever ring true within our halls and we vow to continue to celebrate his life and music in all upcoming performances.

In commemoration of his memory as the Godfather of Soul we now present the Queen of Soul, Chaka Khan."

"Tell Me Something Good", “I Feel For You” -- yes, please! More info here. And check out the calender - American Idol Ruben Studdard performs the night before!

Crashin'In brings us 12 Hour Party People - a party that will go on for half a day. The bands are: Foreign Islands, Northern State and Right on Dynamite. The party also features the ever so important 2 hour open bar to get you started off on the right (or wrong) foot. The party goes from 6pm to 6am, so sneak in a Sparks or four to keep you going.

• It wouldn't be a holiday in New York without a Motherfucker party. Their Dance, Dance, Dance Gala will surely be a glittery spectacle set to the tune of about, oh, 80 million deejays they have listed as spinning. Dress code: Sequins and Spandex, Leather and Lace, Silk Blouse, Satin Pants and Solid Gold. Just make it festive...okay?

Oh My Rockness has a little New Years Eve rock show guide, right here.

2006_12_arts_clock.jpgFAMILY

If you have been getting up many times a night with a baby, the prospect of staying up late to see the clock move from 12:00 to 12:01 is less exciting than it once was. However, even sleep deprived parents can find a festive way to send out the old and ring in the new...without losing much sleep.

• Party in the afternoon!
Thee will be live music and fun for the whole family with Bowery Kids from 12 pm till 3 pm.

• Kids between the ages of 2 and 8 can eat and mingle at Orsay's New Years Eve Kids' Party
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• If your little ones won't be awake for New York's midnight countdown, order in some Chinese food and celebrate earlier with Hong Kong, Mumbai, Berlin and Rio via your computer.

• Take the kids to view the holiday lights at the Bronx Zoo.

• If you are set on staying up for the big moment, bring more portable babies bundled in their stroller or their Bjorn to the fireworks at Grand Army Plaza. Fireworks don't start until midnight, so you may want to nap first.

2006_12_arts_clock.jpgCHEAP

• There's always the obvious, watching the ball drop at Times Square - if you feel like sharing your New Year's with a million other people. Expect to have to get there super early, to have to deal with massive crowds, and to most likely not see anything. The streets officially close at 5pm and there are several special eventsleading up to the countdown. Tips for Times Square on NYE here.

• If you are interested in doing the club thing, you can check out JoonBug's web site for links to many parties going on in New York as well as several other major cities.

• If you are looking to be active, participate in the Twelfth Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year. Participants will be treated to tour guides, refreshments and fireworks. Or, you can do the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run. It takes place in Central Park and there will be DJ Music and dancing starting at 10pm and a costume parade and contest at 11pm. At midnight there will be fireworks and a 4 mile race.

Since New York on New Years Eve is pretty much amateur night, we suggest having a plan in mind that does not involve wandering around from bar to bar. And don't forget to have dinner. What are you doing when the ball drops?

Other contributers for this post: Christina Piluso and Margaret Harper.