If you want to avoid the mad rush for cabs or just don't feel like trekking too far on December 31st, pick one of these celebrations close to home
Pier 36 New Year's Eve Party
299 South Street
8 pm-4 am
The Pier 36 New Year's Eve party features an electronic music lineup and open bar from 9 pm-12 am. Tickets start at $75.
St Mark's Church Poetry Marathon
131 E. 10th St.
1:30 pm (New Year's Day)
More than 140 local poets will participate in the annual St. Mark's Church poetry marathon in conjunction with the Poetry Project. Tickets are $20.
Artichoke Basille's Pizza and Bar
114 10th Ave
8 pm-5 am
Artichoke Pizza's Meatpacking location will be ringing in the New Year with pizza, complimentary champagne and other party favors. Admission is $55.
Santo's Party House
96 Lafayette Street
Get down this New Year's Eve at Santo's Party House, one of the most happening mega-nightclubs downtown NYC has to offer. Tickets start at $30 for latecomers and $75 general admission.
Drom's Le Chat Noir Masquerade Ball
85 Avenue A
Drom in the East Village will take you back to early 20th century Paris with this whimsy-filled masquerade ball. Come out for gypsy-cabaret and free-flowing champagne. Tickets start at $40.
Celebrate New Year's in The General's modern lounge with vibrant lights, live DJing and an open bar. Tickets start at $20 for latecomers, $115 general admission.
8:30 pm-2:30 am
The Empress Yacht mega yacht party cruise features a four hour open bar with sight-seeing, dancing and DJ performances. General admission is $115.
8 pm-3 am
The legendary Capitale's New Year's Eve gala features a six hour open bar with general admission tickets starting at $125.
9 Avenue A
General admission tickets start at $85 to party at one of the Lower East Side's hottest, sleekest hangouts.
120 Orchard Street
Ring in the New Year at the Lower East Side's Gallery Bar-an art gallery by day, and hipster hotspot by night. Tickets start at $20 for latecomers and $75 general admission.
125 E. 11th St.
Webster Hall features New Year's Eve's largest balloon drop with four dance floors, six rooms, an open bar for silver ticket members, performances and a live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop. Tickets start at $50 for after hours, $99 general admission.