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New Year’s Eve on the Lower East Side – Part 2

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We just posted part 1 of our last minute guide to New Year’s Eve. Now here’s part 2.  If you are feeling particularly joyful, you can begin a day early, on Sunday the 30th, at The Salon’s annual New Year’s eve party at the DL on Delancey Street. With a spectacular lineup of more than 40 performers, including the George Gee Swing Orchestra, Queen Esther & the Hot Five, Gelber & Manning, and DJ Flouer and Ron Sunshine & Band, plus artisan cocktails and a rooftop lounge with a view of the Lower East Side, this party should get you nice and warmed up for the next night’s festivities.

On New Year’s Eve beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Public Theater has a host of events in its newly renovated space to help usher in 2013, including dinner and dancing in the new The Library restaurant, and music and comedy in Joe’s Pub, featuring singer-songwriter Willie Nile, and the twisted humor of Sandra Bernhard.

New York Gypsy All Stars.

A few blocks away on Avenue A, Drom‘s New Year’s Eve party features the infectious music of the New York Gypsy All-Stars.  A limited number of table seatings, with champagne and Mediterranean grill, are available.  A bit further East, The Puerto Rican roots band, Yerbabuena will be playing at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Third Street. For something a bit more eclectic, Dan Fishback and Jessica Halem’s Stormqueer: A New Years Extravaganza for the New World Disorder kicks off at 9pm at Dixon Place. The price of admission includes a midnight champagne toast.

If you want to do it up big, here’s your ticket: the LES’s newest space, the mega-complex Pier 36 on the East River, features a New Year’s Eve party with DJ Magazine’s No. 1 DJ, Armin van Buuren, plus a premium open bar.

Still want to continue the party? Head back to Dixon Place on New Year’s day for the 19th annual alternative spoken word/performance extravaganza, Bruce Weber and 150 Friends! Black Blizzard. Eight hours, one hundred fifty poets and performers including Anne Waldman, Bob Holman and Cornelius Eady, will be on hand to read their original poetry and prose. Plus there’s an open mic where you get the chance to share your best work with the crowd. There is no better place to be to nurse your hangover!


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