Target now has a Pizza Hut inside. T-Mobile by the college McDonalds is hiring. Next door the Pana Express opened and no main course under $8. Maybe bring a friend. For New Year’s Eve make New Year’s resolutions that are realistic and measurable. Make New Year’s resolutions that are realistic and measurable. Most don’t last a week. Don’t try to lose 30 pounds in a few weeks. More realistically is getting it into your schedule such as maybe try for a pound a week and get specific such as a gym class and new diet and checklist.
All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Also see the Ongoing or Seasonal tab at the top. New Year’s Holiday; college is closed from Friday, December 30, to Monday and opening Tuesday January 3, 2017 (all day). Pay your tuition by January 4th for many.
Friday, Dec. 30: Karaoke Tremendous, Lord Easy (of Karaoke Killed the Cat) launches a new incarnation of the supportive and energetic karaoke dance party at Union Hal, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue. http://www.unionhallny.com.
For New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31: Two places in Williamsburg: New Year’s Eve Dinner and Rooftop Party, 5 pm–1 am, DJ Live Story at the McCarren Hotel & Pool Rooftop, 160 N. 12th St. between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue. See their site or call because the menu seems high and it does not say if there is a cover. (718) 218–7500, https://www.opentable.com/oleanders. Shots in the dark, 10 pm–4 am free. Champagne, free shots of Jameson. You can wander into the laid-back bar for free, or spring for the $40 open bar option from 11 pm–1 am. Kilo Bravo [180 N. 10th St. between and Bedford and Driggs avenues in Williamsburg, (347) 987–4379, www.kilobravobar.com. The End of Time Burlesque Show, 8 pm–2 am, $55. Go-Go dancing, a champagned toast at midnight and a 1 am bagel brunch at The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave. between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place. http://www.waystationbk.com. Salzy’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, 10 pm–1 am, $75. Dress in your finest and enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a disc jockey, Salzy Bar, 506 Fifth Ave. between 12th and 13th Streets.
Fireworks display in Times Square and you have to get there hours early and I don’t know how easy it is to get a bathroom. Other possibilities are at Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza (Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, www.brooklyn-u sa.org). 11 pm–12:30 am. New Year’s Eve Fireworks, 11 pm to 1 am. Join the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for this. 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. RSVP to let us know if you are joining, and receive a special prize, Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West, http://www.prospectpark.org.
Coney Island free rides and ice skating starting at 6 pm. Entertainment starting at 9 pm, Fireworks. At the Parachute Jump, Midnight Ball Drop, Boardwalk and W. 19 St. free rides on the Wonder Wheel or the Thunderbolt from 6-10 pm, then watch performances from the high-energy Priceless Band and neon-drenched superhero rocker Blazes.
Luna Park Party $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Brought to you by Coney Island U.S.A.A Funhouse Philosophers Special Event. Ring in the New Year with us, your Not For Profit Arts Organization at the Beach.
Doors open at 8pm with Half Price Beer and Wine until Midnight, for all ticket holders, at the Freak Bar.. Schedule of Events: 9 pm – Sideshows by The Seashore – “New Years Eve in Heaven”, A Performance Art Collaboration by” Dick Zigun, ” The Unelected Mayor of Coney Island & Eckszooberante Newspaper Ninja! Featuring Father Time vs. Baby New Year! Eckszooberante is a World Champion Bboy/Breakdancer, 2D Animator/Fine Artist, Comedian, and Boylesque/Performance Artist. A Miami transplant with extensive stage history, Eckszooberante can be seen many nights a week, channeling the power cosmic at venues all across New York City in a variety of shows. 10 pm – Sideshows by the Seashore – Coney Island Laser Shows presents a special Rock and Roll themed Laser Show. 11 pm – Walk to the Boardwalk for the Parachute Jump Midnight Ball Drop. 1 am – Sideshows by the Seashore – Coney Island Circus Sideshow Fire Finale. http://coneyislandfunguide.com/Events/How-Cool-Is-This-New-Years-Eve-Party_12_31_2016-4980.htm
Dance Away 2016, 8 pm–1 am. Brooklyn Contra hosts a night of contra dancing, with bubbly beverages at midnight. Don’t know how to do the square-dance-style steps? There will be a free lesson at 8 pm. Camp Friendship Brooklyn [339 Eighth St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 965–3695, www.brooklyncontra.org. Charming band, 9 pm–3 am. $25 ($20 in advance), Smiths cover band the Sons and Heirs, then a late-night ’80s dance party, Littlefield (622 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth Avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com.
Much more but more expensive at http://www.villagevoice.com/
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, 1 pm. Polar Bear Club in Coney Island. Hundreds of swimmers go in the cold water and thousands watch. There is usually a band on the boardwalk with many dancers and the bars and eateries are open. It is the last stop on many trains at Stillwell and Surf Ave. At Nathans walk down the main block to the boardwalk. http://www.polarbearclub.org/