News flash: Few places in the world can match New York City for excitement on New Year's Eve. But if watching Snooki drop "like a friggin' hamster" in Times Square isn't your idea of ringing the new year in right, check out one of these hot gay club events going on around town on the big eve of 2011. From hipster performances to Eastern Euro porn star parades to clothing optional cavorting, this is NYE, gay NYC style.
This second annual Black & White Ball, presented by FornabaioVoss Events and Josh Wood Productions, promises entertainment by the Perry Twins, rocker Andrew W.K., and a "massive surprise performance," not to mention its own (presumably non-Snookified) human ball drop at midnight. The fête goes down at the beautiful three-level Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side.
172 Norfolk Street, between Houston & Stanton Streets
Tickets: $75 to $250 ($2,500 for Ultra VIP balcony for 6); 50% general admission tix for those age 21-24
Deeper on the Lower East Side both physically and spiritually is this Earl Dax event that pairs indie gay darling John Cameron Mitchell as tunemeister (along with DJs Tusk, K!O and Gant Johnson) and downtown celeb Penny Arcade as MC (of performances by the likes of Glenn Marla, Carol Lipnik, and Enid Ellen).
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets
Splash presents the New Year's Eve edition of its F Word club, with DJs Max Rodriquez and Junior Vasquez (the latter going on at 6am). Czech in the new year with The Boys of Bel Ami at 11pm.
50 West 17th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
DJ Adam and Daniel Nardicio present a tribute to the Dutch capital's infamous red light district. This clothing optional event will feature "shocking erotic performances" all night long, with DJ Adam spinning rock, punk and homocore.
185 Christopher Street at Hudson Street