Category: New Year’s Eve


Singles Event Pick: New Year’s Eve Party

December 25th, 2013 — 2:09pm

Champagne Though there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate New Year’s in NYC, finding the right one isn’t always easy–especially if you don’t want to break the budget. Croton Lounge has a festive option for singles that’s not too pricey.

The Midtown venue is hosting a party for singles ages 20-early 40s. The event includes open bar from 7-8pm, DJ and dancing all night, ice breakers, prizes and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are just $65 until Friday December 27th (regular price $100). Click here to get tickets and use promo code NYE2014 to get $20 off the current price.

As for me, I’ll be spending this final December 31st of my thirties away from the hustle and bustle–with friends in New Jersey.

With the big 4-0 less than a month away, I want to ring in 2014 quietly taking stock of everything and everyone that has brought me to this milestone in my life. It’s definitely a time for counting my blessings, and I feel very thankful to say there’s a long list of them.

Merry Christmas!

| New Year's Eve, singles events, singles parties

Ringing In 2013

January 2nd, 2013 — 8:52pm

It is often said that how you start the New Year is a good indication of how the rest of it will go. If that’s true, 2013 is shaping up to be a fabulous year.

I spent the final night of 2012 with some of my favorite people, enjoying some of my favorite things about NYC – great food, unexpected connections and first class fun. It began with dinner at Zucchero e Pomodori on the UES. Without reservations, my good friend Bobbi and I managed to secure a table at the cozy Italian bistro and pay normal prices for a delicious dinner: caprese salad, vegetable ravioli in a creamy mushroom sauce and fresh fruit with whipped cream.

Bobbi and me at 675 Bar

Our next stop was 675 Bar in NYC’s Meatpacking District, where a more than reasonable $20 cover offered admission to the downstairs venue replete with balloons, DJ and a lively crowd. Much to our delight, a 25-year-old guy chatted us up, happily taking our picture and then asking where we went to college. Nothing like being asked that question to take the edge off of entering the final year of your thirties!

As the music grew louder and the bar got more packed, Bobbi read my mind when she suggested we move on to another venue – THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, newly opened at my workplace home, the Westin New York Grand Central. With its trendy yet laidback vibe, THE LCL features delicious craft cocktails, a seasonal locally sourced menu and DJ entertainment after 8pm.

Bobbi and I arrived around 11:30pm, in plenty of time to watch the Times Square festivities on TVs behind the bar and clink our glasses in a Champagne toast at midnight. Not long after, my beloved cousin Carla and her best friend Amina joined us.

Carla, me and Amina at THE LCL

We shared some laughs and conversation about 2013 plans – including renewed efforts to mingle more.

To that end, I’ve already accomplished New Year’s resolutions #1 and #2: taking my online dating profile down and booking a speed dating event, the first of my new monthly speed dating outings this year. With my 39th birthday only a few weeks away, I’m excited to grab 2013 by the tail and make it my best yet!

| Girls Night Out, New Year's Eve, new year's resolutions, Westin New York Grand Central

Opening The Vault: New Year’s Edition

December 31st, 2010 — 5:00pm

With only a few hours left of 2010, I find myself feeling a little nostalgic about New Years’ gone by.

I’ve always enjoyed the turning of the calendar page. I think it symbolizes a new beginning and brings with it the chance to reflect on where the last twelve months have taken you. And of course, depending on your relationship status, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate romance. I now Open The Vault and take you back to various New Years’ long ago…

January 3, 2002
New York, NY

Dear Diary,

There was plenty of good in 2001. My move to the Midwest was rewarding in so many different ways. I finally found myself again, rediscovering life’s everyday joys for the first time since Mom’s death in ‘98.

A looong lull in my love life helped me learn how to be happy being single again. And then, when I least expected it, I found real love again.

January 2, 2003
New York, NY

I couldn’t let any more of 2003 go by without saying it started off in the most wonderful way. My most recent ex, Steve, came in from Ilinois. We hadn’t seen each other since his last visit in April, after which I broke up with him.

I wasn’t sure how we would be with each other after so many months apart. My worries proved to be unnecessary. For once, our ardor didn’t overtake the rest of our relationship.

And our reconciliatory kiss — WOW! It will go down, for me, in the pantheon of all-time greatest kisses. Long, lingering, full of desire and emotion.

“I’ve missed you,” Steve murmured when our lips eventually parted.

I feel so lucky that what we missed out on last new year’s, we more than made up for with this one. Sometimes, Cupid really hits his mark.
* * *

January 1, 2004

I’m happy to say my evening with 3 married couples, 2 of whom are dear riends, was fun and festive — and that I only had a few moments of feeling painfully single. Of course, each new year seems to arrive with greater speed and 2004 is no different.

When I look back on 2003, I will always remember it as the year I decided to hang up my TV reporting hat and settle down here in New York. I cannot overstate how wonderful it is to be home, to know that I’m where I belong.

* * *
It’s nice to still feel that, even as I entertain the possibility of moving sometime next year, I am right where I’m supposed to be. No better feeling to have as 2011 beckons.

Happy New Year all!

| New Year's Eve, old flames, Opening The Vault

Singles Event Pick: Bootleggers’ Ball

December 27th, 2010 — 5:23pm

If you’re looking for a festive way to ring in 2011 without breaking the bank, you might want to check out the Bootleggers’ Ball.

Hosted by offbeat social group Gemini N Scorpio, the speakeasy-themed event kicks off at 8pm on New Year’s Eve. It will take place at Brooklyn’s Irondale Performing Arts Center, located inside a 19th century church with soaring ceilings, stained glass windows and wraparound balcony.
 
“Expect the intimacy of a daring cabaret mixed with the intrigue of a vintage costumed ball, expansiveness of a warehouse dance party, excitement of live brass, a splash of fine cocktails, and just a dash of illicit adventure and unpredictable moments,” reads the event’s Facebook description.

The lineup of entertainment ranges from Dixieland steamboat soul and Circus-gypsy parlor-jazz to aerial stunts and Tarot/numerology readings. Dress code for the costumed event?

“Depression glamour, evening ball on the Titanic, hobo formal, desperation derring-do.”

Custom vintage-themed buttons to VIPs/first 75 guests by Bad Buttons. Free Champagne for the first hour and show kicks off at 9pm with silent shorts curated by the Boston Underground Film Festival.

A $35 presale for the Bootleggers’ Ball runs through today. Tickets will then be $40 or (if available) $50 at the door. for more info.

| Brooklyn, New Year's Eve, singles events, singles parties

Singles Event Pick: New Year’s At R-Bar

December 18th, 2010 — 6:09pm


With 2011 is only a few weeks away, now’s the time to plan how you’re ringing it in. One great option — Single And The City’s Burlesque-style New Year’s Eve bash.

The popular event, which sold out last year, will take place at R-Bar in NYC’s Lower East Side and feature hors d’oeuvres, icebreakers, DJ dancing all night and performances by renowned burlesque troop The Rhinestone Follies. Doors open at 8pm and ticket price also includes Champagne toast at midnight. Dress to impress.

Early bird admission is $50 — a bargain for NYE in NYC — but only if you book by Tuesday December 21st. to RSVP.

| Lower East Side, New Year's Eve, singles events, singles parties

Ringing In The New Decade

January 1st, 2010 — 10:29pm

Last night, galpal Rachel and I headed down to NYC’s Financial District for Lost Girls bloggers/co-authors Amanda and Jen’s fabulous New Year’s Eve bash.

Party Time: Amanda and I celebrating New Year’s

True hostesses-with-the-mostess, Amanda and Jen served up a first-class menu of fun, food and cocktails to the friendly crowd of about 30 people. I now have a new appreciation for vanilla vodka mixed with cranberry, not to mention Amanda’s sinful four-layer dip (cream cheese, refried beans, salsa, and shredded cheddar — delish).

Rach and I chatted with lead singer Courtney about her upcoming gigs and the promise of adventure that this particular new year seems to hold.

The fun really kicked into high gear when my friend Prince and his longtime buddies Eric and Chris showed up.

Good Times: Rachel, Eric, Prince, me and Chris

We shared plenty of laughs, good conversation and hugs all around at midnight.

Later, thanks to medley of Michael Jackson tunes, the ladies and I busted out a few 80’s moves — including, of course, the “Thriller” routine. Some things you just never forget.

A good friend of mine says how you ring in the new year (and with whom) dictates how the following 365 days are going to unfold. If that’s true, then I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store!

| 80's music, celebrating 2010, M-Theory, Michael Jackson, New Year's Eve, The Lost Girls, Thriller

Ringing In The New Decade

January 1st, 2010 — 5:29pm

Last night, galpal Rachel and I headed down to NYC’s Financial District for Lost Girls bloggers/co-authors Amanda and Jen’s fabulous New Year’s Eve bash.

Party Time: Amanda and I celebrating New Year’s

True hostesses-with-the-mostess, Amanda and Jen served up a first-class menu of fun, food and cocktails to the friendly crowd of about 30 people. I now have a new appreciation for vanilla vodka mixed with cranberry, not to mention Amanda’s sinful four-layer dip (cream cheese, refried beans, salsa, and shredded cheddar — delish).

Rach and I chatted with lead singer Courtney about her upcoming gigs and the promise of adventure that this particular new year seems to hold.

The fun really kicked into high gear when my friend Prince and his longtime buddies Eric and Chris showed up.

Good Times: Rachel, Eric, Prince, me and Chris

We shared plenty of laughs, good conversation and hugs all around at midnight.

Later, thanks to medley of Michael Jackson tunes, the ladies and I busted out a few 80’s moves — including, of course, the “Thriller” routine. Some things you just never forget.

A good friend of mine says how you ring in the new year (and with whom) dictates how the following 365 days are going to unfold. If that’s true, then I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store!

| 80's music, celebrating 2010, M-Theory, Michael Jackson, New Year's Eve, The Lost Girls, Thriller

Singles Event Pick: New Year’s Eve At Stitch

December 24th, 2009 — 4:24pm


When you live in the Big Apple, finding a New Year’s event that won’t set you back at least $100 is no easy feat. Thankfully, the folks at Professionals In The City have the answer, with a Singles New Year’s Eve Party that’s only $50 per person.

The party kicks off at 8pm at Stitch, a lively lounge in NYC’s Garment District. Ticket price includes light hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, cash bar, creative and interactive activities, DJ & dancing.

There will also be door prizes, along with chances to win free adventures as well as private golf lessons, ski packages and a complete home theatre system.

“Dress to impress,” says the website.

Tickets are $50 if purchased by tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm, and sales for the event will close at 11am on Thursday, December 31st. Click for more info.

| Garment District, New Year's Eve, Professionals In The City, singles events, Stitch bar

Singles Event Pick: New Year’s Eve At Stitch

December 24th, 2009 — 11:24am


When you live in the Big Apple, finding a New Year’s event that won’t set you back at least $100 is no easy feat. Thankfully, the folks at Professionals In The City have the answer, with a Singles New Year’s Eve Party that’s only $50 per person.

The party kicks off at 8pm at Stitch, a lively lounge in NYC’s Garment District. Ticket price includes light hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, cash bar, creative and interactive activities, DJ & dancing.

There will also be door prizes, along with chances to win free adventures as well as private golf lessons, ski packages and a complete home theatre system.

“Dress to impress,” says the website.

Tickets are $50 if purchased by tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm, and sales for the event will close at 11am on Thursday, December 31st. Click for more info.

| Garment District, New Year's Eve, Professionals In The City, singles events, Stitch bar

The Aussie Has Landed

December 30th, 2008 — 10:01pm

Tonight, I’ll be reunited with my favorite old flame from Down Under, Jason. Along with a few of our friends, Jason and I will be ringing in 2009 together.

When he called a couple of hours ago after he arrived, we fell right into the easy banter that was very much a part of our time together back in ‘02. Jason and I met through a mutual friend during my visit to Perth. He showed me the sights — including a stunning sunset on Cottesloe Beach that remains the most memorable one I’ve ever experienced.

We reconnected six months ago through — of course — Facebook. I was delighted to discover that the geographical gap between us has narrowed, since Jason is now working as a diplomat in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. It amazes me that, after so many years, we’ll have the opportunity to catch up.

I’m wondering if we’ll manage to rekindle the old spark between us. Regardless of whether that happens, though, I have no doubt we’ll have fun. After all, it’s impossible not to when you’re ringing in a New Year in the Big Apple.

| Cottesloe Beach, New Year's Eve, old flames, Ottawa

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