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Hottest New Year's Eve parties in NYC

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Finish up 2011 in style at one of these hot New Year's Eve parties:

Gansevoort Park Avenue
Join fab DJ duo the Knocks as they take over the Gansevoort Park's tri-level rooftop complex. Tickets include a premium open bar from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. - plus a stunning view of  the Empire State Building. ($115-$265, 420 Park Ave. S., at 28th St., 212-317-2900)

R Lounge at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
If you're looking for a fabulously splurge-worthy New Year's Eve, look no further. At R Lounge, you'll get a perfect panoramic view of the Times Square ball drop and celebration without having to bundle up and deal with the crowds. Guests will also enjoy food by Blue Ribbon, drinks and a special performance (Last year, Bruno Mars sang). ($1,500-$15,000, 714 Seventh Ave., at W. 48th St., 212-445-1445)

Mary Queen of Scots
Ring in the New Year, Scottish-style, with a three-course dinner and celebration. A traditional bagpiper will also be on hand, as will more than 100 Scotch options for when the champagne flutes go dry.($65, 115 Allen St., at Delancey St., 212-460-0915)

The Campbell Apartment
Take a step back in time at this classic Grand Central bar. Cocktails will greet guests upon arrival, while an open bar waits in the wings. The evening will also feature music by the Michael Aranella Quartet. The $300-per-person ticket gets each couple table seating and a bottle of Moet & Chandon. ($200-$300, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., at 42nd St., 212-953-0409)

Louis 649
Guests at this jazzy celebration will ring in 2012 with a live quartet, tasty hors d'oeuvres,
specialty cocktails, and a variety of spirits and beers. ($75-$95, 649 E. Ninth St., btwn Avenues B and C, 212-673-1190)

Sons of Essex
This already-beloved Lower East Side newbie is offering three dinner seatings that include a four-course meal, plus a glass of champagne and pickles from Guss'. Diners at the 10:30 seating can also take in the ball drop, aired live from Times Square. ($55-$90, 133 Essex St., btwn Stanton and Rivington sts.,

The Meatball Shop
Have a ball — literally — at all three locations of the Meatball Shop, which will offer a la carte dining. Specials for the night include "Jingle Balls" ($7): venison meatballs in venison stock with currants and bitter chocolate. Toast pals with complimentary champagne at midnight. (A la carte pricing. 84 Stanton St., at Orchard St., 212-982-8895; 64 Greenwich Ave., at Perry St., 212-982-7815; 170 Bedford Ave., btwn. N. Seventh and N. Eighth sts., Williamsburg, 718-551-0520)

Brooklyn Winery
This Kings County winery will transform into a Belle Époque-era lounge, complete with an emcee/magician, burlesque acts and a DJ. A ticket gets you unlimited French wine, craft beers, absinthe cocktails and light bites. Costumes encouraged. ($200-$250, 213 N. Eighth St., at Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, 347-763-1506)

Kiss & Fly
The club is throwing a five-hour open-bar bash with hors d’eouvres, a champagne toast at midnight and a bevy of DJs spinning everything from hip-hop to dance music. ($295, 409 W. 13th St., at Ninth Ave., tickets at

Enjoy a six-hour open bar at this bash, which features famed DJs spinning hip-hop, dance, ’80s, rock, mash-ups and Top 40. ($135-$150, 635 W. 42nd St., btwn 11th and 12th aves., 212-967-7003)

Bowlmor Lanes Times Square
Get some boogie tips from “Dancing With the Stars” pro Karina Smirnoff, who is hosting this five-hour open-bar party. Dance (and bowl) with DJ sets of hip-hop, dance and rock. ($75-$175, 22 W. 44th St., btwn Seventh and Eighth aves., tickets at

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