Brooklyn nightlife suffered a lot of casualties in 2014. A slew of DIY stalwarts shuttered: 285 Kent, Death By Audio, Body Actualized Center, the Muse, and after the new year, Glasslands is closing, too. We also got the news that the venerable Galapagos Art Space will be defecting for Detroit. Space there is plentiful and cheap, unlike Brooklyn, which is now the least affordable place to buy a home in the country. Yeesh.
Here are 23 stellar ways to celebrate the end of all that nonsense, and look ahead to 2015. There are still a lot of wonderful things left to celebrate in this crazy borough.
New Year’s Eve Options for $30 or less
First-Ever Coney Island Ball Drop
Steeplechase Pavillion, West 16th St. & the boardwalk
A very Brooklyn alternative to the horrors of Times Square. The iconic Parachute Jump will simulate the ball drop with 8,000 LED lights, followed by a fireworks spectacular at midnight. Plus music, DJs, and sideshow performers all night.
Purple Rain NYE Dance Party
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
End 2014 with a screening of Prince’s Purple Rain and ring in 2015 dancing to hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Dress in lace and velvet and sip Prince-themed cocktails like the Apollonia and the Crying Dove.
New Year’s Eve Flamingo Formal
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union St., Gowanus
Don your best black, white and pink outfit, shake a tail feather to DeeJay Workhorse, and play the Shuffleboard Challenge Courts for free before the free pink champagne toast at midnight. (High rollers can book a
private, premium-open-bar court and cabana party.)
New Year’s Eve at Aviv
Aviv, 496 Morgan Ave., Greenpoint
Gimme Tinnitus and Exploding in Sound present a slew of bands in Brooklyn’s newest DIY venue Aviv. With the Gradients, Celestial Shore, Palberta, Baked, and many more, plus free pizza and a free High Life toast at midnight.
NYE Reggae Prom
The Tea Factory, 175 Stockholm St., Bushwick
The fourth annual roots rock reggae new year’s at Bushwick’s Tea Factory, featuring the Far East, the Frightnrs, Grace of Spades, and Jonny Go! Figure. Free before 9pm; BYOB.
Reverend Vince Anderson NYE
Union Pool, 484 Union Ave., Williamsburg
“Dirty gospel” from Rev. Vince Anderson and his Love Choir, plus many special guests and sets from DJ Blunt Master and DJ Ryan Sawyer.
New Year’s Sousveillance
Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave., Bushwick
Along with nine bands and ten DJs, the Silent Barn will have three video crews and be installed throughout with projectors, speakers, mics, and monitors, all patched through the laboratory behind the stage.
Mutual Dreaming NYE
Palisades, 906 Broadway, Bushwick/Bed-Stuy
An intimate party featuring music from Galcher Lustwerk, Huerco S., and DJ Richard, plus visual lighting transformation by Nitemind.
Berg’n, 899 Bergen St., Crown Heights
A great dance party at huge new Crown Heights beer hall and food court, featuring Rich Medina and a live performance by Les Nubians at 1am.
Rubulad’s Pizzazz Parlor
Secret Brooklyn location
Another fabulous fête from underground art partiers Rubulad. Featuring live music from Friend Roulette and Afro-Brazilian drummers Batala NYC, DJs Dirtyfinger, Pork Chop, and Reagonomics, Frankenstein Fashion Environments, puppets, magic, light circus, a scopitronic film fest, and much more.
New Year’s Eve Meditation Celebration
Vajradhara Meditation Center, 444 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
A calm alternative to raucous parties and overcrowded dance floors. Ring in the new year with a guided meditation to contemplate new year’s resolutions for yourself and the world.
The Bunker LTD NYE
Trans-Pecos, 915 Wyckoff Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
An intimate evening presented by Beyond Booking and the Bunker. With DJs Prosumer, Mike Servito, and Bryan Kasenic.