Party New York style (2023)


Get ready to party like it's 11 years after 1999.

There's a host of area New Year's Eve music events that will get you bobbing your head and rocking in the new year.

In Bethel the Center for New Media and the Arts will be transformed into a New York City-style nightclub, complete with a wild light show, fog machines, and music provided by DJ Steve Regan. The party gets kicking at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Though alcohol will not be served, the center promises a rockin' New Year's Eve celebration.

Regan, 56, of Manhattan, said he always comes ready with a huge arsenal of music in all different styles, but the type of music he plays will depend on the audience.

"I try to create a groove, but also take lots of requests and take it where (the audience) wants to go," Regan said.

The dance floor will be in good hands; Regan began spinning professionally in New York City in 1980 and has kept crowds hopping ever since. He's played events for Princess Diana, Tony Blair and Tina Brown, among others.

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In addition he worked five years of "Dancing in the Garden" at Tavern on the Green and ten years at the upscale club and restaurant Mortimer's, where he spun for the likes of Blaine Trump, Barbara Walters and Princess Caroline.

Regan said when working as a DJ you want to make sure one song flows into the other well. Even when playing requests it's good to keep the big picture in mind. "You want to find a place for it to fit into the program," Regan said.

But despite your best efforts sometimes a request, even one that seems reasonable, can go terribly wrong and kill the energy. Than it becomes a matter of "how fast you can get out of it," Regan said.

Whatever you request, odds are Regan will have it, whether it be techno, hip-hop, rock, reggae, country or even klezmer. In contrast to many DJs who specialize in a particular music genre, Regan describes himself as a musicologist "who loves every type of music."

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Regan is unfazed by working with a sober crowd. He's worked nondrinking crowds many times before and said people still dance without alcohol and they "tend to be healthier and in a way more enthusiastic."

Plus, Regan adds, you don't have the downside. When it comes time to pack up his gear and go home there's no obnoxious person nagging him, "just one more! One more," Regan joked.

Regan spins at the New Year's Eve `Sober' Dance Party at the Center for New Media on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. ($20 donation at the door.) The center is at 186 Greenwood Ave. on the 2nd floor in Bethel. Call 203-797-1786 or visit


If learning to dance is one of your New Year's resolutions you can get started early on Thursday, Dec. 31, at First Night Danbury, where there will be afternoon swing sessions conducted by the FairWestSpring project from 4 - 7 p.m. at Ives Manor. The schedule will vary depending on crowd flow but the plan is for a dance lesson from 4 to 5 p.m. and a practice dance from 5 to 7 p.m.

Following the end of First Night Danbury, the FairWestSpring project will conduct a New Year's Eve Swing Dance at the Danbury War Memorial. Doors open following First Night (around 8 p.m.). There will be a lindy hop lesson from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. and swing dancing from 9:30 - 12:30 a.m. There will also be light refreshments, a nonalcoholic toast and door prizes.

Admission to First Night Danbury is $5 for a First Night button. Admission to the later event is $20 but there's a $5 turn-in credit for First Night button holders. For more details, contact the FairWestSwing Project at or call 203-522-5341.


The Jazz Quintet will be playing at Pizzeria Lauretano on Thursday, Dec. 31 to ring in the new year. Featured will be Billy Cofrances on saxophone, Jamie Finegan on trumpet, Jeff Feldstein on guitar, Ronnie Markowitz on bass and Dave Smith on the drums. With five of the area's best jazz men, The Jazz Quintet mixes true bebop and straight ahead jazz, upbeat tunes and ballads. The quintet will include tunes for dancing as well.

The fixed price of $65 per person includes music, dinner and a glass of Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) to ring in the new year. Service fees included, tax is additional.

Pizzeria Lauretano is at 291 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel, at the junction of routes 53 and 302, a block from Bethel Cinema. For reservations call 203-792-1500.

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On Thursday, Dec. 31, three Connecticut rock bands -- Six7, Brenton Vaughan, and Sarianna -- will be bidding 2009 goodbye in head-banging style at Cousin Larry's Cafe at 1 Elm St. in Danbury. Admission is $5.


Singer/songwriter Patrick James McHenry will perform Thursday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. -1 a.m. at Vivo Bar and Grille at the Vivo and Maron Hotel in Danbury. McHenry's influences range from James Taylor, Darryl Hall and Dan Fogelberg, to Blood, Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Admission is free and Vivo is running a dinner special. For $32.95 you get soup, salad, your choice of entree, champagne, dessert and coffee. Vivo is at 42 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Call 203-791-2200 or 2202 for reservations or further details.


You don't have to wait till New Year's to have a good time, there's plenty of live music to be heard this weekend. On Dec. 26 The Artie Tobia Band will play at the Georgetown Saloon at 9:15 p.m. Tobia will mix rock 'n' roll, folk, country, blues and southern rock as he tells stories through his music. In his latest CD, "Chase the Sun," Tobia penned a musical novel that focuses on the semi-fictional life of a character called the Vagabond -- who is based largely on Tobia's own life.

The Georgetown Saloon is at 8 Main St. (junction of routes 107 and 57) in Georgetown (Redding). There's a $5 cover. For more details or to make dinner reservations call 203-544-8003.


Aztec Two-Step, a folk duo in the tradition of Simon and Garfunkel, will play the Towne Crier Cafe on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. Aztec Two-Step's self-titled debut album was released in the 1970s but in 2007 it was named one of the top five classic folk albums by Real Simple magazine, joining work by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Phil Ochs. The duo's music was a staple of progressive FM and college radio, helping to bring the sounds of the 1960s into the '70s. Aztec Two-Step continues to impress audiences with their shimmering, intricately textured twin guitar sound, as well as their intelligent songwriting and inspiring harmonies.

The Crier is at 130 Route 22 in Pawling, N.Y. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. For details call 845-855-1300 or visit

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  6. Serve Something Unusual. ...
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  8. Give Your Party a Theme.
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What political party is New York? ›

Congressional delegation. New York's delegation to the US House of Representatives is composed mostly of Democrats. Republicans have not held a majority of New York US House seats since the 1965.

What is typical New York? ›

New York is known for its towering skyscrapers, famous districts, and endless energy. From baseball and pizzas to Times Square and yellow cabs, there's a lot to explore in the Big Apple. Amongst the metropolitan boroughs, New York is also famous for its nature including Thousand Island and Finger Lake regions.

How do you throw a successful dinner party paragraph? ›

How to plan a dinner party
  1. Pick a date. The first steps of planning any party should include picking a date. ...
  2. Make a guest list. ...
  3. Pick a dinner party theme. ...
  4. Send out invites. ...
  5. Plan your menu. ...
  6. Choose your cocktails (or mocktails) ...
  7. Find decorations. ...
  8. Prep your place.

How many dishes to make for dinner party? ›

With a big party, five sides not only fuels the meal but makes sure that everyone (no matter their dietary preference) has something to enjoy. A salad, a vegetable dish and a starch are a decent place to start, leaving you two dishes to play around with.

How many people is good for a dinner party? ›

Research suggests the best group size is from five to nine. How many times have you had friends over for dinner but either the party was just too quiet or too hectic? Did you know that you can make your parties feel more alive by having the right number of guests?

Who pays for a dinner party? ›

Though this may hold true for an informal dinner, generally the steadfast rule when it comes to who picks up the bill is that it should be the host. According to Style for Success, the person who initiates the dinner plans (the host) is responsible for paying.

Is New York a liberal state? ›

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is the sixth-most liberal state in a tie with New York at 30%.

Is Long Island red or blue? ›

In 1992, the suburban counties split, with Nassau voting Democratic and Suffolk voting Republican; however, since 1996, both counties, along with Brooklyn and Queens, have been Democratic, although sometimes by fairly close margins.

How many parties are in New York? ›

There are currently four parties in New York State as so defined: Democratic. Republican. Conservative.

What food is Manhattan known for? ›

Food associated with or popularized in New York
  • Manhattan clam chowder.
  • New York-style cheesecake.
  • New York-style pizza.
  • New York-style bagel.
  • New York-style pastrami.
  • Corned beef.
  • Baked pretzels.
  • New York-style Italian ice.

How do you make guests feel special at a party? ›

5 tips to help party guests feel welcome
  1. * Be there to greet them. ...
  2. * Keep your home comfortable. ...
  3. * Give them a quick tour. ...
  4. * Avoid over cleaning. ...
  5. * Don't be afraid to make some introductions. ...
  6. Make your next party better for all your guests today.
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How do you make a party fun? ›

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  1. 01 of 20. Have a Themed Dance-Off. ...
  2. 02 of 20. Plan an At-Home Trivia Night. ...
  3. 03 of 20. Opt for Board Games. ...
  4. 04 of 20. Turn Your Place Into a Casino. ...
  5. 05 of 20. On a Budget? ...
  6. 06 of 20. Put on a Scavenger Hunt. ...
  7. 07 of 20. Throw a Pizza- or Cheeseboard-Making Party. ...
  8. 08 of 20.
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How do you make a party memorable? ›

How to throw a memorable party
  1. DO mix up your guest list. ...
  2. DON'T over-think the refreshments. ...
  3. DO use party games wisely. ...
  4. DON'T forget the playlist. ...
  5. DO be a “people mixologist” ...
  6. DON'T use Facebook as your only means of invitation.

What is an example sentence for dinner party? ›

They were married at their dinner party (which was actually a surprise ceremony) in front of their friends and family.

How do you throw the best party ever? ›

9 Ways To Throw A Successful Party
  1. Create an Enticing Invitation. Your invitations must make an impact! ...
  2. Invite an Interesting Group of Guests. ...
  3. Use Festive Décor. ...
  4. Lighting is Super Important. ...
  5. Create a Lively Playlist. ...
  6. Incorporate Thoughtful Details. ...
  7. Offer Mouthwatering Food. ...
  8. Serve a Mix of Cocktails.
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What time should a dinner party start? ›

Start your dinner party at 7 pm to ensure most of your guests can attend. Planning your dinner for 7 pm gives your guests time to finish their work day with enough time to get ready for your event. It also gives you time to clean and prepare for your guests' arrival.

How much finger food for 50 guests? ›

Here's a quick guide to how many appetizers you should serve at your party: 10-12 guests = 5 appetizer selections. 25 guests = 9 appetizer selections. 50 guests = 13 appetizer selections.

How do you keep food warm for a party? ›

Other Methods
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How long should dinner party last? ›

How Long Should a Dinner Party Last? We think a dinner party is best when it lasts around 3 hours. This is the perfect amount of time to let your guests relax between courses, enjoy your menu fully and gives you enough time to prepare without rushing.

How many finger foods should you have at a party? ›

Finger Food Calculation Guidelines

Generally, you should plan to serve between 5 and 8 appetizers per head, per hour. Aim for 5 pieces of finger food per hour for children and 8 pieces per hour for adults.

How many appetizers for dinner party? ›

A good rule of thumb for a dinner party, allow for 6 appetizers per person. For a cocktail party consider making 12 appetizers per person.

What is a polite way to say everyone pays for themselves? ›

"Going Dutch" (sometimes written with lower-case dutch) is a term that indicates that each person participating in a paid activity covers their own expenses, rather than any one person in the group defraying the cost for the entire group.

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You might think it's polite to accept their demands, but don't. It's always a good idea to bring something to a dinner party rather than showing up empty-handed. This doesn't have to be extravagant, and can even be a gift for the host to enjoy outside of the party.

Who eats first at a dinner party? ›

Those whom may be infirm should be served first by the host or hostess or an arranged attendant. Toddlers and young children are also usually seated and served by their parents or guardians at this time. Adult guests should be invited to serve themselves next, followed by young adults, teens and pre-teens.

What is the least conservative state? ›

A new report from the Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA) has ranked all 50 states from most to least conservative, with Alabama leading as the most conservative state in the U.S. and Massachusetts as the least conservative.

What is the most conservative state? ›

Wyoming is the most Republican state in the U.S.. 67% of residents in Wyoming identify as Republican or Republican-leaning. Wyoming has low taxes across the board, including no state income tax.

What is the most liberal city in the United States? ›

1. Washington D.C. The most liberal city in the United States is Washington, D.C., the nation's proud capital city. Located in the District of Columbia, this area is home to roughly 670,000 people and is often viewed as its state as opposed to a traditional city.

Why is Long Island so expensive? ›

LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- The median home selling price on Long Island rose by at least $73,000 throughout the last year, according to broker listing database OneKey MLS, due to high buyer demand and low inventory of homes.

Is Long Beach Democrat or Republican? ›

Long Beach City Council
Vice-MayorCindy Allen since December 20, 2022
Political groupsNonpartisan (de jure) Democratic (8) Republican (0)
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Can you turn on red in Long Island NY? ›

Steady Red: Stop. Do not go until the light is green. If a green arrow is shown with the red light, you can go toward the arrow and only if the intersection is clear. You can make a right turn at a steady red light after you come to a full stop and yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Is New York a party town? ›

Nightlife New York: Also known as the city that never sleeps, New York offers an immense variety of nightlife options, with hundreds of trendy nightclubs and bars that satisfy even the most sophisticated tastes.

What are the 5 major parties? ›

The existing qualified political parties with statutes relating to their activities and the conduct of their presidential primary elections are: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the American Independent Party, the Green Party, and the Peace and Freedom Party.

What are the largest American parties? ›

Since the 1850s, the two largest political parties have been the Democratic Party and the Republican Party—which together have won every United States presidential election since 1852 and controlled the United States Congress since at least 1856.

What drink is New York known for? ›

1. Manhattan. One of the most iconic classic cocktails in the world, the Manhattan's origin story is as filled with competition as it is with bold flavors.

How do you dress like a local in NYC? ›

So if you are going to Broadway and want to look like a local, dress up rather than down. New Yorkers are generally focused on what is coming next. That means size up when it comes to knitwear, suiting and coats. Anything too slim or fitted (this includes skinny jeans) will mark you as not from here.

Why is rent in NYC so expensive? ›

The city's population is growing rapidly, and demand for housing is increasing, leading to a housing shortage that has driven up prices. The high cost of living in New York City means that many people are competing for a limited supply of affordable housing, leading to steep competition and high rent prices.

What is rich in Manhattan? ›

In New York City, you'll need to make at least $144,541 to be considered a “rich” person in the top 20% of the city's 8 million-plus residents. The ultra-rich, or the top 5% of earners in NYC, make way more: $585,902 on average, according to the analysis.

What food can you only get in New York? ›

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  • Pastrami sandwich. ...
  • Corned-beef sandwich. ...
  • Matzo ball soup.
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What food pairs with a Manhattan? ›

The Manhattan combines warming bourbon with sweet vermouth, bitters, and a cherry, served straight up in a martini glass. A succulent rack of lamb pairs beautifully with a Manhattan. Lamb is often grass-finished, which gives the meat a well-balanced, slightly earthy flavor.

What sandwich is New York famous for? ›

1) New York's Signature Sandwich

It's a simple creation of thinly sliced pastrami piled high on rye bread and slathered with spicy brown mustard. Some delis might also add corned beef, but it's the simple three-ingredient signature pastrami sandwich that is considered one of New York City's best sandwiches.

What is New York's culture food? ›

In this food tour of the Empire State, we'll explore 20 iconic New York foods — including two types of pizza, bagels and lox, black and white cookies, Thousand Island dressing, and chicken riggies — that state is known for (plus, we'll give you our best recipe inspiration along the way).

Which city in New York has the best food? ›

What are the best foodie neighborhoods in NYC?
  • Chinatown. It's worth a trip to Chinatown for the lively atmosphere and shopping alone, but foodies will of course delight in the vast array of Chinese food on offer in Chinatown. ...
  • Chelsea. ...
  • East Village and Lower East Side. ...
  • Harlem. ...
  • Koreatown. ...
  • West Village.
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How do you throw a dinner party and enjoy it? ›

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  1. Don't be cooking when your guests arrive. ...
  2. Make everything ahead. ...
  3. Have everyone bring a dish. ...
  4. You need to serve at least three courses. ...
  5. Don't let everyone fill up on bread. ...
  6. Cook only show-stopping dishes. ...
  7. You need enough furniture and tableware. ...
  8. Keep the wine flowing.
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How do you make a dinner party less awkward? ›

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  2. Have a Greeter : ...
  3. Give Directions : ...
  4. Give them a Job : ...
  5. Fill their Hands. ...
  6. Seating Chart.
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How do you throw an entertaining party? ›

9 Ways To Throw A Successful Party
  1. Create an Enticing Invitation.
  2. Invite an Interesting Group of Guests.
  3. Use Festive Décor.
  4. Lighting is Super Important.
  5. Create a Lively Playlist.
  6. Incorporate Thoughtful Details.
  7. Offer Mouthwatering Food.
  8. Serve a Mix of Cocktails.
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How do you throw an elegant party? ›

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  2. Let Your Guest Plays Bartender. ...
  3. Invest in Additional Glassware. ...
  4. Master the Cheese Plate. ...
  5. Make your Guests Feel at Home. ...
  6. Don't overdo yourself. ...
  7. Turn on the Music. ...
  8. Save the Cleaning for Later.
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How do you throw a casual dinner party? ›

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  1. Invite someone over. ...
  2. Plan your casual dinner party menu. ...
  3. Buy your groceries. ...
  4. Pre-make anything you can. ...
  5. Get a head start the night before. ...
  6. Take care of the little details. ...
  7. Your dinner timeline: plan backwards. ...
  8. Get cooking.

What is the right etiquette at a party? ›

Keep your conversation light

Conversations during the party should be casual and light. Avoid serious politics, religion and health issues in detail. Also, don't gossip about others, especially if it is about someone who's at the party.

How do you look unique in a party? ›

First, allow yourself enough time to get ready. Groom yourself properly by taking a shower and moisturizing your skin. Next, choose the perfect outfit that matches the occasion, compliments your body type, and accentuates your skin tone. Last, avoid any stain-prone food or drinks at the party and have fun!

How do you make a party less boring? ›

You just need to get a little creative.
  1. Tip #1: Choose A Theme. There's something to be said for picking a theme in your party. ...
  2. Tip #2: Decorate. Nothing tells people this is a special space like decoration. ...
  3. Tip #3: Refreshments. Partying can take a lot out of you. ...
  4. Tip #4: Activities. ...
  5. Tip #5: Have Something For Everyone.
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How do you not look weird at a party? ›

Make yourself look approachable and start talking to other people first! If you're always on your phone, not smiling, and standing with your arms crossed, people may assume that you don't want to be at the party or don't want to talk. Look more approachable by smiling and keeping your hands visible.

How do you not get overwhelmed at a party? ›

If possible, call the host to let them know that something has come up and that you won't be there.
  1. Get Ready for the Party. Hero Images/Getty Images. ...
  2. Choose What to Bring. ...
  3. Decide When to Arrive. ...
  4. Think About How to Approach People. ...
  5. Consider What to Talk About. ...
  6. Choose What to Eat and Drink. ...
  7. Find Things to Do. ...
  8. Cope With Anxiety.
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How do you end a party without being rude? ›

How To Gracefully End a Party, According to an Expert
  1. Watch for Social Cues That the Party is Winding Down.
  2. Coordinate With Your Co-Host So There's No Miscommunication.
  3. Don't Be Afraid to End Your Own Party.
  4. Stay Positive but Firm, Even If Guests Don't Take the Second Hint.
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