Say hello to 2020 with these art-inspired New Year’s events.
Currently in its 50th season, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present a special program to mark the turn of the year. In addition to two holiday performances on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, the company will showcase Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Ounce of Faith,” Donald Byrd’s “Greenwood” and Alvin Ailey’s ever-resonate “Revelations” on New Year’s Eve.
The Metrograph’s holiday series continues this year with another delightful helping of cinematic treasures to tide you over until 2020. While the screenings officially kicked off Nov. 29, you can catch spend all of New Year’s Eve hopping between “Remember the Night,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Phantom Thread.”
“The Roller Wave: New Years Eve Roller Disco”
Dec. 31; 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Don’t say disco is dead. Propelled forward by music from Hot 97’s DJ E-Stylez and Frei Speech, guests of the Ace Hotel’s roller disco are encouraged to don their best garb for a night of free-wheeling fun. For those without skates, rentals are available in a first-come, first-served capacity.
“Party Like It’s 1962!”
Dec. 31; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Step back in time to ring in the New Year at the 200,000-square-foot ode to 1960s flight culture at the TWA Flight Center. Suspended in another era, the newly reopened hotel at New York City’s JFK airport will play host to an evening of music, dining stations and an ice skating show on the tarmac next to the the hotel’s 1958 plane named Connie, which has been retrofitted into a red-and-white cocktail bar.
Ever wonder how New Yorkers celebrated New Year’s Day in the 1850s? On the first day of 2020, one answer can be found at Manhattan’s stately Merchant House Museum, the former home of the wealthy Tredwell family. The day’s festivities will include cookies, hot cider and a special welcome into the parlor, decked out in holiday sparkle, by Gertrude Tredwell (portrayed, of course, by an actor). Preserved just as it was during the family’s tenure in the home, the museum offers a rare glimpse into life during the 19th century.
Now in it’s 46th iteration, the Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day reading marathon brings together more than 150 poets, performers and artists for a day of readings. The literary celebration, first organized in 1974 by poet Anne Waldman, stretches from 2 p.m. to midnight.