I don’t know where to begin—or is it end? I am swamped with queries on where to go for New Years Eve, but the answer really depends on what you are looking for. There are so many choices, so many great events. At least they look good on paper. NYE is usually a spit-show and an amateur night, but I have a dozen parties both big and small for you to consider.
On the big tip, the Pacha crew are going huge at Pier 44 with Diplo and his Jamaican dancehall group Major Lazer tonight. Then on NYE proper, they have Alesso and a slew of other DJs. At Pacha the club (618 West 46th), they have Thomas Gold and a 24-hour liquor license. They have Nicole Moudaber starting at 4AM and going onwards. A couple years ago I arrived at like 11AM and was swept up by great music and a huge crowd. Pacha is unreal late. They’re also involved with Deadmau5 at the Nassau Coliseum if you want to go really big.
Also big is BangOn! NYC’s Time and Space at a “secret location.” Denizkoyu The Polish Ambassador headlines, but there are tons of other players like Sleepy & Boo, Behrouz,Space Jesus and Rambo Springstein. It’s 60,000 square feet of Brooklyn warehouse fun. If that’s not big enough—go to Times Square. For the party where you are least likely to run into Phill Robertson try Frankie Sharpes Westgay soiree’ which has moved for one night to Eastern Bloc (505 East 6th Street.) Phil won’t be hanging with Patrick Duffy and his crew at Hotel Americano (518 West 27th Street.) There, DJ Claap comes in from Paris and chef Joe Buen Conejo will do the job.
The fashion fabulous set, always led by Susanne Bartsch, will bring it in at Le Baron (32 Mulberry Street.) Intimacy is just a hop skip and a jump away at Mulberry Project (149 Mulberry) where my pal Rael Petit has invited me to enjoy DJ Justin Dean. They have dinner options that sound amazing. For a cool, hot party I believe my friend Chris Graham who says Cicane (430 Broome) will truly deliver. There, DJs Jennifly and Dhundee are on tap, and dinner is served early as well.
As for me, I will DJ or the chic Nolita set at Ken & Cook/Lil Charlies. Dinner will be served, and then DJ Louis XIV will make you dance. Hotel Chantelle is having an intimate gathering hosted by honchos Tim Spuches and Kyle Obrien. Noel Ashman will bring his good old boys and great young gals to Salon de Lafayette (157 Lafayette Street.) If you RSVP to him there is no cover.
For the dive bar , cool, cool set Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie Street) features 45 master DJ Jonathan Toubin with Josh Styles. Lit Lounge is where I always end up and this year will be no exception. I will DJ here from 245 till 4Am. There’s a bunch of DJs before me and the amazing Nate Turbow will follow taking it deep into 2014.
Oh and if you were smart enough to get to Miami check out Wall at The W Hotel South Beach. There it’s DJ Michael Brun. Also at Wet at the W sit by the pool, sip what you sip and enjoy music from Dirty South. Tickets to Wet gets you into Wall.