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WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEARS?
OUR NYE 2010 PICKS FOR NEW YORK CITY

December 31, 2009 isn't just the turning of a year - it's the end of an entire decade, a Blue Moon AND a Lunar Eclipse. Yes, New Year's Eve can be an overpriced nightmare, but it doesn't have to be. We're here to help!

Though New Year's Eve in New York City clubs is often referred to as "amateur night", it IS possible to spend a fabulous night out without breaking your budget or being in a crowd of the clueless. We've been producing and attending alternative New Year's Eve events in Gotham for years, and are happy to share some tips. First of all, beware of ridiculously high cover charges - they usually mean a crowd that you wouldn't want to rub shoulders with, let alone bring in a new year. Secondly, avoid Times Square and midtown at all costs - the events listed here will take you to neighborhoods where cabs should still be available except at the absolute peak hours, and the streets passable.

Here are four New Year's Eve options that we recommend, including those we've attended previous editions of. We'll be adding to this page as new events come to our attention, and also visit the EDGE OF NIGHT and NYC NIGHTCLUBS AND EVENTS forums on the MOTHERBOARDS for dozens more NYE 2010 options. Have a magical New Year's Eve and we hope to see you at one or more of these!


FOR GLAM KIDS AND ROCKERS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31ST
RATED X/THE PANTY PARTY PRESENTS
RED & BLACK MASQUERADE BALL 2009-2010
DON HILLS
511 GREENWICH STREET NYC
FROM 9 PM - 8 AM (LATE LICENSE)
$15 ADVANCE, $20 AT DOOR
21 AND OVER/ID IS A MUST
INFO AND TICKETS

Hosts MICHAEL T and THEO KOGAN have carved out a fun, affordable, energetic and glittering NEW YEAR'S EVE tradition at DON HILL'S for the past few years since MOTHERFUCKER closed. This year's attractions and highlights include 2 AM cabaret performances by JULIE ATLAS MUZ, DIRTY MARTINI, T-BOY and MAT "SEALBOY" FRASER, MC PEPPERMINT GUMMYBEAR and the 3 AM Hot Body Contest, co-hosts HERRA C, ANDY SHAW and SHIEN LEE, and musical performances (9:30-12) by TYBURN SAINTS, KAYVON, NATASHA KOVOLOV and HYPERNOVA. The Masquerade Ball also features an enforced dress code with a door by THOMAS ONORATO (masks a must), DJs including ROK ONE, TWIG THE WONDERKID and XRIS SMACK! and a plethora of drink specials.

Suggested Dress: Red & Black Lingerie, Pinstripe Gangster Suit w/red carnation or hanky, Tuxedos, Red Gowns, Black Prom Dresses, Black Fame/Flashdance Spandex Jumpsuit w/red Headband, Black & Blood Red Nails!


FOR GOTHIC + DARKWAVE FANS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31ST
NECROMANTIC's BLUE MOON BALL
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery NYC
From 9 PM
18+, Tickets $10-15
More Info and Reduced Pass

Under the cover of a Blue Moon, the Dark Party Collective NECROMANTIC brings you a New Year's Eve party that promises to "have our beloved creatures of the night howling and reeling with wild and inebriated abandon" This evening of Goth, Synth and Wave features many of the scene's most hallowed DJs, including FATHER JEFF, PATRICK, AENGEL, TEMPLAR and the GothDaddy DJ JASON of ABSOLUTION. This evening of Dark Delights takes place at another of the East Village's hometown haunts - BOWERY POETRY CLUB - where drink prices are more than reasonable, and poets and artists comprise most of the staff.


FOR DRAG STARS + TRANNY CHASERS (UPSTAIRS)
FOR GAY MEN (DOWNSTAIRS)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31ST
DANIEL NARDICIO + DINA DELICIOUS PRESENT
THE 3RD ANNUAL NEW YEARS EVE MASKED BALL
LUCKY CHENGS
24 FIRST AVE (BTW 1ST AND 2ND) NYC
$20-30 IN ADVANCE, $40 AT DOOR
danielnardicio.com

Tranny Princess DINA DELICIOUS teams up with gay party Daddy DANIEL NARDICIO to take over LUCKY CHENGS for one night only, promising a zany, two floor funhouse of epic proportions. Upstairs, look for a festive dance hall replete with "trannies, drags and dregs" featuring ANITA GREENCARD, DINA D, PRINCESS DIANDRA, RUBY and all the "girls" who have made Cheng's notorious! Downstairs is "The Rabbit Hole" - a steamy Men Only "dirty disco" with 6 of Nardicio's signature dancers, including SHAY, JASON TYLER, TYLER MASON and OWEN HAWK. DJ JOHNNY DYNELL spins latenight/early morning, and other highlights will include a 4 AM open bar. Reports on this party from last year's edition were glowing - NOT for everyone but DEFINATELY a hardcore, hometown hit!


FOR CHAMPAGNE LOVERS AND SOPHISTICATES

NEW YEARS EVE 2010
THE BUBBLE LOUNGE
228 WEST BROADWAY NYC
9 PM - 4 AM
$25 Advance/ $30 at Door - includes one glass of bubbly
bubblelounge.com

THE BUBBLE LOUNGE is an comfortably elegant Tribeca venue dedicated to Champagne, so naturally it is always a popular destination for New Years Eve. Their December 31 parties are ideal for those who like to do their partying before and during the Midnight Hour, in a civilized environment with great music and a friendly staff. Patrons can dance or lounge to one of New York's most legendary DJs, JOHNNY DYNELL and enjoy shows by BIG ART GROUP starlet HEATHER LITTEER, while enjoying the superb selection of champagne, full bar and food. Lots friends stop by here for the countdown before heading off to late-night revels like the above - and the crowd is always a mix of tourists and locals, gays and straights, and everything in between.


Photos: Last year's NYE at DANCES OF VICE (photo by MINDYNYC on FLICKR) * THEO KOGAN of RATED X * DJ AENGEL of NECROMANTIC * PRINCESS DIANDRA of LUCKY CHENG'S (from QUEENMOTHER.TV) * HEATHER LITTEER, hosting at BUBBLE LOUNGE