Brooklyn New Year's Eve Activities — Things to Do on New Year's Eve in Brooklyn

New Years Eve Ends 2013, Begins 2014

Not sure what to do this New Year's Eve in New York City? Check out the options right here in Brooklyn on how to usher in 2014.
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    ••• Fireworks in Brooklyn, seen from Grand Army Plaza.

    Find out when, where, and how to get to the fireworks in Brooklyn. And, here are 5 Brooklyn itineraries for a great New Year's Eve 2014 including the Prospect Park fireworks. Get ideas about dining, bar hopping, and even going to the movies, in combo with the fireworks display.

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    ••• New Years at Galapagos in DUMBO. Galapagos

    Want to go dancing? See an over-the-top show? Find out what's happening this NYE in cool, hot, there's-nothing-like-it Brooklyn.


    Brooklyn's 10 Best Shows and Venues for New Year's Eve 2011-2012

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    ••• Brooklyn Bridge. Ellen Freudenheim

    So you want to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge on New Year's Eve 2014? What a great idea! There will be fireworks in NY Harbor near Liberty Island at midnight.

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    Open from 9:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., this cute children's museum has a special New Year's Eve program for children age 5 and older. It's called Happy New Year and there are programs throughout the day to explain to little kids that 2014 is about to begin!
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    21 Ways to Spend New Year's Eve at Home

    Most Americans, surveys find, prefer to spend New Year's Eve at home. 

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    Midnight Cyclists Party at Belvedere Castle: TIME'S UP New Year's Bike Ride

    If you're a cyclist, join in the late night ride to Central Park with the annual TIME'S UP New Year's Eve ride! Meet in Brooklyn, and join others in Manhattan's Central Park for a DIY, BYOB, and FUN New Year's Eve  party. 

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    ••• Brooklyn Brewery's NYE Bash 2011-2012.
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    New Year's Eve in a Brooklyn Sports Bar

    On the other hand, it's so appealing to stay local on New Year's Eve. And why not? Brooklyn's got neighborhoods to be proud of. So head toward your local sports bar (or one with a big TV), meet some new people, and watch the freezing throngs count down to midnight in Times Square — while you're sitting inside, comfy and warm.

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    New Years Masquerade Costume Ideas: Be a Knish

    ••• Costume by self-styled knish researcher and author of The Book of Knish: Loss, Longing and the Search for a Humble Hunk of Dough. Photo courtesy of D.Vander Sande
    Be a Brooklyn knish for a New Year's Eve party. It's so Brooklyn!
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    Guided Tours of Brooklyn on New Years Eve

    Take your pick of a few great tours for New Year's Eve:

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    Don't wake up after New Year's Eve without a plan for New Year's Day! Even if you expect to be nursing a hangover, you can probably manage brunch at, say, 3 P.M. Many Brooklyn restaurants don't take reservations, even on holidays, so you can take your chances like everybody else and just head toward your favorite place and wait in line. But if you want to book ahead, here are a few good places to get a reservation for brunch on New Year's Day.

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    Don't ruin the holiday by getting stuck. Here's a list of 100 car services in 20 different Brooklyn neighborhoods. Call well in advance.
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    Last year, New York City offered about $30,000 worth of free MetroCards and $15 prepaid debit cards for use in cabs and car services during the holiday season. Why? To reduce drunk driving. But anyone over 21 can get one. Learn more. Stay tuned to see if they reissue this offer in 2012-13. In any event, it's a New Year's reminder: if you drink, don't drive!

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    New Year's Day offers opportunities for fun in Brooklyn, with kids and family, tourists and guests, friends, and a significant other. See what's open on January 1, and what's not. And, find out about the Coney Island Polar Bear dip into the Atlantic....brrr...

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    Top Brooklyn Picks from NY Magazine & Time Out New York

    Stay tuned for a quick run down of what trendsetting magazines, Time Out New York and New York Magazine, are recommending for New Year's Eve in Brooklyn.
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    ••• Coney Island Tour Ad. Coney Island USA
    In the past, folks have been able to join in a fun tour of Coney Island by a NYC licensed tour guide to find out about America's historic playground, see the sites, and discover how Coney is being reborn for the 21st century. Get in touch for their schedule.
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    Last-Minute Tax Deductible Charitable Contributions

    ••• Brooklyn Community Pride Center is raising funds for a home of their own. Photo of Facebook page, courtesy of Community Pride Center

    It's not very, you know, sexy. But if you haven't done your charitable contributions for tax purposes yet, you still have till midnight. So check out this list of great Brooklyn nonprofits; in most cases you can make a contribution online. Read the small print, however, to make sure your donation will be recorded in the year of your choice.


    Happy New Year!