This year has been, it’s pretty unanimously agreed, a trash fire. But celebrating New Year’s Eve has always been more about looking to the year ahead than commemorating the one about to be consigned to history. Say good riddance to 2016 by drinking, running, dancing, flirting, moping, masquerading or time traveling your way into 2017.
Brooklyn Bazaar’s celebration is all about catharsis. Instead of watching the ball drop, exorcise your 2016 angst by thrashing around in an actual ballpit. Write down your worst moment from 2016 and watch it explode in a midnight confetti bomb. Sweat out your bad vibes to eclectic DJ sets from Michael T, Dirtyfinger and Cousin Cole, or jump around until you’re happy to performances from indie-punk outfit Titus Andronicus, the surf-poppy High Waisted and high energy rockers Toys in Trouble. Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $40-$80, bkbazaar.com
If you pretend you’re someone else for the final night of 2016, maybe you can forget this trying year ever happened. Don a mask, dress in red, black, white or gold, and surrender to a night of surprises at the hotel’s bohemian soiree. Anything is possible at the home of “Sleep No More,” the spooky, Macbeth-inspired interactive theater production. Enjoy open bar, music and dancing; select packages include entry to that night’s performance of Sleep No More and dinner at the hotel’s indoor rooftop restaurant, The Lodge. $100-$385,mckittrickhotel.com
Hoping to meet someone special in 2017? Start at this singles-only celebration at The Stitch Lounge. The two-floor event space will fill with an expected 400 guests ready to mingle — with the help of an open bar, Top 40 DJ, photobooth and a Celebrity Couples icebreaker. $60 advance, $100 after Dec. 30, singleandthecity.com
A rooftop is a wonderful locale to spend New Year’s eve, especially when it combines an open bar, fireworks and a view of the Manhattan skyline. That’s what you’re in for at the Westlight cocktail bar atop the William Vale, the newest addition to Williamsburg’s boutique hotel scene. Enjoy dancing, hors d’oeuvres, speciality cocktails and a midnight champagne toast. From $225, westlightnyc.com
Nothing like an endorphin boost to get your mind right before the new year. Thousands of runners, clad in glittery attire, will get a head start on their 2017 fitness goals with a four-mile midnight run around Central Park’s inner loop, as fireworks shoot off above. Arrive at 10 p.m. for a pre-race dance party at Rumsey Playground; wind down at the finish line with live music and sparkling apple cider. If you’re looking to quench your thirst with champagne, the adjacent Tavern on the Green is hosting ticketed pre- and post-run celebrations. Race registration, free-$60; Tavern on the Green packages, $95-$150, nyrr.org
Forget it was ever 2016 at all at this party set in another era. East Williamsburg’s The Graham hosts a time-traveling night of 1920s speakeasy vibes, with the help of bespoke cocktails, a live swing band and burlesque performances. Whether your retro look is “Peaky Blinders,” steampunk, or “The Great Gatsby,” keep in mind, “it’s a classy joint, see?” $60,thegrahambrooklyn.com
Wallow in your mopey feelings about the year with a night of Morrissey tunes, performed by tribute band The Sons & Heirs at Littlefield. Post-show, liven up at the ‘80s dance party Tainted Love, with tunes from DJ Jane Elizabeth. Midnight champagne toast is free; and if you’d rather wait until 2016 is officially over before you celebrate, entry after 1 a.m. is only $10. $20-$25, littlefieldnyc.com