New Year’s Eve and weekend events

All events are in Bklyn unless noted and most free and NY means Manhattan. New Year’s Eve in Times Square, NY: don’t drop the ball  New Year’s Eve in Coney Island with a digital ball drop and fireworks at midnight—plus some sideshow performers and local acts. The 95-year-old Wonder Wheel will be in operation (9–11 pm) as will the Thunderbolt (8-11 pm) and the B&B Carousel (both 8-11 pm), all of which you can ride free, you can also skate for free at the Abe Stark Skating Rink (7–11 pm). The main festivities begin around 9 pm and are centered around the historic Parachute Jump tower, where LED lights will create a visual countdown of the final seconds of 2015 under the Parachute Jump. Best viewing spots are Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk, but make sure to dress for the weather and not a day at the beach. New Year’s Eve Disco Extravaganza with DJ Nicky Siano, in concert with Rochelle Fleming, Melba Moore, and DC LaRue, 10 pm–6 am, $100, The El Dorado, 1216 Surf Ave between W. 12th Street and Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island. Fireworks 11 pm – 12 am, locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Enjoy live entertainment by DJ C. Live featuring the Brooklyn Mash It Up Band, and also hot chocolate, at Grand Army Plaza prior to the big display. NYE 2016 with Justice with this warehouse party somewhere in Brooklyn (location: classified). Performers include crucifix-carrying DJ duo Justice, along with local act Bob Moses and former Major Lazer collaborator Switch, now operating under the nom de turntable With You. Promoters also promise “a VERY special guest”, Snarky Puppy at Irving Plaza  is a movable, musical feast, Snarky Puppy has more than a dozen members and brings in all kinds of collaborators for its mix of jazz, R&B and world beat.  100 Years of Psychedelic Animation, 8 pm @ Chain Theater, 21-28 45th Rd, Long Island City, Queens.  Cinema Under the Influence (CUI) event, think classics likeTron and Fantasia, or the works of the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.) The Chain’s black-box room will have a Mystery Science Theater approach to viewing, but there will be more reflective spaces with films on loop for audiences who prefer not to hear commentary. Karaoke will be set up in the lobby, with musical performances by Future Punx, Brian_Constant, and Chuck E. Mendez. CUI works closely with Queens Comfort, and at midnight they’ll be sending over their sublime doughnuts to start 2016 off sweetly.

Happy New Year or as Steve Harvey might say: Merry Easter. 
Friday, January 1, 2016 (remember it is 2016): Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim at Coney Island at the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island. Swim time it starts sharply at 1 pm.

Saturday: Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum free 5 pm on and includes musical performances by Tamara Renée, Discwoman, and Young Paris, a social justice workshop led by Police Reform Organizing Project, and screenings of “GoFish” and “Don’t Tell Anyone.” Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue. Reggae Retro 1st Saturdays Party as thhe underground reggae show features music from DJ Jase, DJ Silence, and Hypeman Guidance from Point Break Sound 11 pm, $20 ($10 in advance), Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

Sunday: LEGO workshop as you use Lego blocks to build BBG’s renowned Cherry Esplanade in miniature form, 10 am – noon, free with garden admission at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Parkway.  New York Road Runners Open Run: Run for Life at Marine Park, 9 am–10 am, this event repeats every week on Sunday till 3/31/2016. All runs in this program are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5-3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home. It is at Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, 3000 Fillmore Ave.


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