New Year’s ease

We can pretty much guarantee that ’80s band Rubix Cube won’t be singing “Auld Lang Syne.” (Marcus Linial)

New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be about shivering in Times Square for hours or sipping watered-down cocktails at an overpriced, crowded open bar. There are a slew of options for those who want to ring in the new year in style but don’t want to break the bank. Take a look at these eight options (we’ve got something for everyone from devoted yogis to fans of hair metal!), and don’t forget your noisemakers.


* What: Back to the Eighties Show

* Where: Canal Room, 285 West Broadway, at Canal Street,

9 p.m.-2 a.m. $109 at or 212-941-8100.

You might be about to ring in 2011, but the Canal Room will be turning back the clock 30 years at this dance party, which includes a five-hour open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a performance by ’80s tribute band Rubix Cube. Expect videos playing simultaneously, multiple costume changes and audience participation during the show, which will feature a deejay spinning ’80s music both before and after the band’s set. Rubix Cube’s weekly shows at the TriBeCa venue are almost always sold out, says owner Marcus Linial. “There’s a lot of energy since it’s a party and a show,” he says. “The party’s happening whether you’re one of the first 40 people in or the 400th person there.”


* What: Gemini and Scorpio Bootlegger’s Ball.

* Where: Register at for exact location in Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 8 p.m.-6 a.m.; $50 at the door, $40 in advance, $20 after 2 a.m.

This New Year’s soiree, described as a “speakeasy ball,” will feature 1920s and ’30s-themed performances ranging from the Stumblebum Brass Band to jazz from DJ Jason Blackhat. The idea for the party stemmed from the popularity of ’20s-themed parties that Gemini and Scorpio throw all year. Find out how you’ll fare in 2011 by getting your tarot cards read during the festivities, but be sure to dress the part with a dashing hat or flapper dress — you can’t enjoy the revelry sans costume. “We need to see at the door that you made the effort. When it comes to holidays like Halloween and New Year’s Eve, the parties are extra-special,” says Larisa Fuchs, a k a Miss Scorpio.


* What: Jivamukti Yoga School 22nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration

* Where: 841 Broadway, near 13th Street, 5 p.m.-midnight. Dance party and meditation, free; dinner, $35; yoga class and dinner, $85. Register at or 212-353-0214.

Jivamukti founders Shannon Gannon and David Life will lead a two-hour class starting at 5 p.m., after which you can fuel up with a vegan dinner and then boogie at an 8 p.m. kirtan dance party. But it’s all silence from 9 p.m. on, a period of silent meditation, or “mauna.”

The event, which draws about 800 each year — ranging from yogis to first-timers — is still very social, despite the three-hour silence. “It’s not like you have to come here and sit down for three hours,” Gannon says. “People get up and walk around and communicate — just not by talking.”


* What: New Year’s Eve with Joe Derosa and Amy Schumer comedy show

* Where: Comix, 353 W. 14th St.; 212-524-2500. Shows at 7:30 p.m. ($55) and 9:30 p.m. ($65); tickets available at Ticket prices include open bar.

Foul-mouthed “Last Comic Standing” sweetheart Amy Schumer is a New Year’s Eve veteran, with fond memories of braving the cold in Times Square and watching “The Twilight Zone” marathons with her family. But in recent history, it’s all about the laughs. “The last five or six years, I’ve had a show — but I don’t let that get in the way of my blacking out, usually before midnight,” she jokes. Besides the draws of a warm venue and a nearby bathroom, Schumer promises she and funnyman Joe Derosa will put on a celebratory and revealing show. “It’ll be more an event than a straightforward show. And we’ll get really dressed up — we’ll both have our racks out.”


* What: Time’s Up! 12th Annual New Year’s Eve Ride

* Where: Washington Square Park arch, 10:30 p.m. Free; visit for info.

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, you might as well kick it off with a bike ride with fellow New Yorkers. Meet at Washington Square Park and bike or skate to Central Park’s majestic Belvedere Castle, where a dance party — complete with fireworks — awaits you at the finish line. Don’t have the stamina to do the whole ride in the cold? You can also join at Madison Square Park at 10:50 — or, just head over to the dance party at 11:45 and pretend like you rode the whole way there.


* What: Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year

* Where: Tours leave between 10:15 and 11:15 p.m. from McDonald’s, 160 Broadway, between Liberty and Cortlandt streets. $60.

You might not be able to see the ball drop, but you’ll probably see every other city celebration from atop the Brooklyn Bridge. Tour guide Dr. Phil (not that one) and his team will lead 10 groups across the bridge, offering historical tidbits along the way. At midnight, catch the fireworks in Central Park, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey, as well as the light show at the Empire State Building.


* What: Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

* Where: Central Park, at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Celebrations start at 10 p.m.; race starts at midnight. $50 if you register by today, $55 for limited day-of entries;

Is your resolution more exercise? Start now! While everyone else drinks in calories on New Year’s Eve, burn some instead with a four-mile run through Central Park. “Running at midnight puts you in the proper frame of mind for the entire year,” says Drea Braxmeier of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the event. It’s not all work and no play: Show up early and enjoy a dance party with deejays and a costume parade before hitting the starting line.


* What: New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

* Where: The best places to watch are in Grand Army Plaza and along Prospect Park West; festivities start at 11 p.m., free.

For a fireworks experience that doesn’t require Times Square-style crowd control, try Park Slope. With Brooklyn’s Rock ’N’ Soul playing live music well into the night, free hot chocolate and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz making an appearance, it’s sure to be a party. The draw of an outer-borough celebration? Keeping it local and avoiding the tourists.

“Often, people want to go to local restaurants or house parties, and then moments before midnight they come running out for the fireworks,” says Eugene Parton of the Prospect Park Alliance.