Cool ways to celebrate New Years
by Lisa A. Fraser
Dec 29, 2010 | 15965 views | 0 0 comments | 848 848 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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To celebrate this new year, skip TimesSquare and instead chill out with these events happening around Queens and Brooklyn.


Check out Brooklyn Bowl’s all star New Year’s Eve celebration with The Roots.

It is on the pricey side and very selective but it might be better to stay warm indoors and groove to some good hip hop soul music.

To a select few they are offering tickets and the best leather couch to ring in 2011 complete with bowling, a special menu by Blue Ribbon, Premium Open Bar. They will also throw in a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.Bubbly to ensure that good ol’ New Year feel.

Check out and respond to with “NYE Do you want more?” as the subject line. Please respond promptly as lanes are very limited and filling up fast. All reservations are Non-Transferable.

The Brooklyn Brewery is asking you to join them in tasting the new year at their celebration from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. For $100 per person. Please note that this is not for the under 21 crowd. The brewery will also throw in an assortment of cheese, sandwiches and salads. And of course, there will be an open bar featuring eight different Brooklyn beers on tap. There will also be music and gifts.

Space is limited as they are only letting 150 people in. Visit to get more information.

If beer isn’t your style, maybe some wine will do it for the new year. The Brooklyn Winery invites you to ring in the new year with class at their winemaking center on N. 8th Street.

Here’s what you can expect:

A main bar featuring all-American wines and hearty food, with live Jazz playing.

Intimate upstairs space hosted by The Noble Rot, featuring an Old World, Euro-themed affair with French wine, music, and charcuterie.

A bubbly-soaked boogie in the wine production room surrounded by barrels and fermenting wine. A quirky Magnolia Photo Booth will snap mustached shots all night, as DJ Miss Bliss spins a mix of old school soul and pop dance tunes. Visit for more information.


Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve that’s a bit more on the unconventional side? Then visit the Claret Wine Bar at 46-02 Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside to get a tarot reading by expert tarot card reader Lorraine Schein. Have last minute resolutions that you are unsure of? Wondering if you should leave behind something that’s hard to let go of? She’ll present some insight that perhaps you’ve never heard. Even if you don’t take it to heart, it’s still an interesting way to start off the New Years Eve festivities.

Visit for more information.

Bohemian Beer Hall Garden is hosting a jacket and tie semiformal gathering. Celebrate New Years Eve with Czech and Slovak dance favorites performed by Express Band live in the Main Hall.

Doors Open at 8:30pm, open bar is from 8:30pm-midnight, and includes buffet dinner and champagne toast; New Year’s Kapustnica (Slovak sauerkraut soup); party favors, coffee, cake; and even a raffle. Tickets are available in the office or at the bar at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. For more information, visit

The Giving Tree Yoga Studio is offering a New Year’s Eve Workshop with Anne-Margaret from 5:30-8pm. Relax and unwind before the madness of the night ensues.

Bring a friend and join your Giving Tree community in a conscious letting go of 2010 and welcoming in of 2011.

Want to release something that is physically or mentally bothering you?

Come with what you want to release from this past year that no longer benefits you.

Also, feel free to bring a token or idea to be blessed to set as an intention for 2011. Led by Anne-Margaret, this transformational experience will include yoga: vinyasa & restorative, meditation, visualization, and written reflection.
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