Scrambling for some New Year's Eve plans? We recommend you stay indoors and avoid the amateurs running amok, but if you want to be out there when the ball drops—or even when the sun comes up—here are some alternatives to the Jonas Brothers Times Square extravaganza.
FIREWORKS: If you can stand the cold weather, head outside tomorrow night to revel in the glow of fireworks. Prospect Park's festivities will start around 11 p.m. (details here)
RUN: In Central Park you'll find more fireworks, plus runners! "Kick off the New Year with a spectacular fireworks at the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run. With a costume parade, dancing, all the rest, this four-miler is more of a party than a race. Count down the minutes 'til midnight and then count down the miles 'til the finish line." More details here.
MUSIC:Pitchfork has a guide to shows around the city. Our picks: Amanda Palmer's late show at Bowery Ballroom will surely give you a 2nd wind to keep you going through the first early morning hours of 2009. (Tickets)
Meanwhile, Mr. Brownstone will take you back to another decade for some classic Guns n' Roses tunes. These guys party like it's New Year's Eve every night, so one can only imagine the high energy level they'll be bringing to their late show at Mercury Lounge. Check out their recent performance on Letterman. (Tickets)
EVENT: There's a big, mysterious bash planned for an undisclosed 13,000 square foot warehouse near the L at Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn. Let's let the cryptic e-mail we received do the talking: "On December 31st 2008 at 10pm, the Winkel & Balktick Time Engine was re-engaged and set out to explore the Mysteries of Creation, the epic tales that speak of the birth of the universe, plants, trees, beasts, spirits, humans and time itself...With earth-shaking audio black magic on the dancefloor from DJs Dhundee and D_JUICE." Our favorites! There's also live music all night, an explosion of installation art, and an open beer bar between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
PARTY: Escape Manhattan madness with a $2 event at (the John Norris-approved) Death By Audio in Williamsburg. For your money you'll get "your new favorite bands as your old favorite bands"--that's right, it's covers night! Necking will be your Black Flag, Love or Perish pose as The Misfits, Liturgy as Black Sabbath, Titus Andronicus as Weezer and much more. Cheap beer on tap is promised. More details here.
EVENT: The Easy Lover Loft is going to relocate from Manhattan to Brooklyn for New Year's Eve. Justin Carter, Probus and special guest DJ Dex will be set up in the space, which boasts views and high ceilings and whatnot. Free champagne from 9 to midnight, and the party promises to go til sunrise. RSVP, and be prepared to shell out around $25.