This year Brooklyn has doubled the official celebration to bring in 2015. Themed One Brooklyn New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2015, the borough will bring competition to the popular Times Square tradition. Just about 40 minutes away, Brooklyn will have its own countdown- or should we say countdowns.
In keep true to the celebratory theme of Brooklyn’s past Borough President, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams promise last year to bring a New Year’s Eve celebration to Coney Island is in full effect. Not only will the tradition of the Grand Army Plaza New Year’s Eve Celebration delight residents and visitors, now the new Coney Island celebration will add to the roster of annual festivities.
There may not be an actual ball, however the $2 million 8,000 LED light display on the Parachute Jump in Coney Island should be just as bright. Not only will there be lights, fireworks, music, fire-spitting and other exotic performers from the Coney Island Sideshow add to the celebration.
In a press announcement, Adams stated, “Now that we have our very own seaside ball drop, why be squished like a sardine in Times Square when you can rejoice like royalty in the County of Kings!”
The lights can be seen for miles and as Adams stated, “It’s an opportunity to show modern day technology in an old fashioned event.”
Executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island Johanna Zaki stated, “New Year’s Eve in Coney Island will join beloved traditions like the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge in promoting economic activity for the businesses and residents of Coney Island.”
But for those who wish to stay more inland, the annual celebration at Grand Army Plaza presented by the Prospect Part Alliance will also include fireworks, free hot chocolate and the sounds of Motown with live entertainment. The parks suggested locations for best viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
The festivities at Coney Island begin at 9pm. Festivities at Grand Army Plaza begin at 11pm.
“Whichever location you choose to make your New Year’s Eve destination, I look forward to ringing in 2015 with you,” exclaimed Borough President Adams.
Sponsors and supports of One Brooklyn New Year’s Eve include: ConEdison, Investors Foundation, Heritage Equity Partners, FDNY, Department of Parks and Recreation, NYPD, Department of Sanitation, Assembly Member Brook-Krasny, Councilman Mark Treyger Community Board 13, NYPD PSA 1, Central Amusement International, Coney Island Beautification Project, Coney Island Generation Gap, Ed Cosme, Friends of Kaiser Park, Garden State Fireworks, Inc., Investors Bank, Maimonides Medical Center, Peggy O’Neill’s, Rooftop Films, South Brooklyn Youth Consortium and Tom’s Coney Island.