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Offbeat ways to spend New Year's Eve


Bootlegger Credit: The Bootlegger’s Ball in Fort Greene will have a live brass band and cabaret. (Linus Gelber)

Still undecided about what to do on New Year's Eve? Rally your friends and head to one of these alternative New Year's Eve fetes. When midnight comes and you're not pinned against the wall in a lame bar filled with annoying drunks – you'll thank us.

Costumed speakeasy party
First-rate party producers Gemini & Scorpio are back this year with Bootlegger’s Ball, a costumed affair in Fort Greene. There will be a live brass band, cabaret and other performances, over-the-top costumes and dancing until dawn. Dressing up isn't suggested — it’s mandatory (Depression glamour, evening ball on the Titanic, hobo formal). It's time to dust off that top hat and vest. ($35-$70, 85 S Oxford St, Fort Greene,

New Year’s ohmmm
Offering a welcome antithesis to the revelry in the streets, Jivamukti Yoga Center in Union Square ushers in the New Year with three hours of mauna, or silent yoga, from 9 p.m.-midnight. During this time, the studios are open and free to the public. Preceding the silent yoga, Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life will lead a two-hour yoga class (5-7 p.m.) and vegan dinner. At midnight, Gannon and Life break the silence with a New Year’s message. (Early yoga plus vegan dinner, $85; dinner only, $35; mauna yoga, free; 840 Broadway, 2nd Fl., 212-353-0214)

NYE on the water
A number of nautical companies throw boat parties on NYE, but we're fans of World Yacht’s Firework Cruise. This grande dame of boat parties includes a five-course dinner, four-hour premium open bar, dancing, a prime view of the fireworks, party favors and a midnight Champagne toast. ($350, departs from Pier 81 at W. 41st Street and the Hudson River,

Grown-up entertainment
The Floating Kabarette — a Brooklyn-based collective of aerialist performers, burlesque acts, chanteuse singers, performance artists, vaudevillians and dancers – have all intentions of bringing a bit of naughtiness and festive revelry to Galapagos Art Space this New Year's Eve, and with this talent, we're confident they'll deliver. The show wraps with a midnight Champagne toast. ($35-$95, 16 Main St., DUMBO, 718-222-8500)

Run away with the circus
If funhouse mirrors, big-top lights, carnival games and a five-hour open bar (9 p.m.-2 a.m) is your idea of a good time, then head to Carnival, the circus-themed bar atop Bowlmor Lanes near Union Square. Given how festive this venue is on any given night, we anticipate that New Year's Eve will be over the top, of the big top, literally. ($115-$215, 110 University Pl., 212-255-8188)

Run into 2011
Fitness enthusiasts: What better way to ring in the new year than with a 4-mile fun run through Central Park with a couple hundred kindred spirits? The Emerald Nuts Midnight Run is one of the more festive events organized by the New York Road Runner's association every year; fireworks, family-friendly events and a costume parade included. ($20-$55, event kicks off just south of the72nd Street Transverse,

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