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Date: Thursday, December 30, 1999

Release #512-99

Contact: Sunny Mindel/ Edward Skyler (212) 788-2958
Kim Serafin, NYC 2000 (212) 788-2000


First NightŪ New York City 2000, a low cost, non-alcoholic winter festival on New Year's Eve, organized by NYC 2000, will kick off tomorrow evening and last past midnight in different venues throughout all five boroughs. First Night will provide a fun, safe and affordable way for families and people of all ages to celebrate the New Year.

At landmark sites in all five boroughs, NYC 2000 is coordinating a celebration that includes dancing, live music, magicians, jugglers, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, puppeteers and storytelling, as well as food and refreshments. In addition, there will be fireworks displays in each borough. The First Night buttons, designed by Peter Max, can still be purchased through Ticketmaster, by telephone at (212) 307-7171, online through, and at over 70 area retailers including the Wiz, HMV, Tower Records and J&R Music World. Tickets will be $10 and under. First Night is sponsored by Continental Airlines, Cablevision, The Gallery at Metrotech, Fossil, and the Grand Central Partnership.

The following is a list of venues for each borough:

Bronx The Bronx Zoo
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
5:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Brooklyn Brooklyn 2000
Grand Army Plaza
10:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Manhattan Family Night 2000
Lincoln Center
62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
6:00 PM to 12:30 AM

New York State Theatre Promenade
West of Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 66th Streets
7:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Josie Robertson Plaza Countdown Celebration
Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 66th Streets
7:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Wollman Rink
Central Park, East Side between 62nd and 63rd Streets
8:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Saint Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
8:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Saint Bartholomew's Church
Park Avenue at 51st Street
6:00 PM to Midnight

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue between 103rd and 104th Streets
8:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Queens New York Hall of Science
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
5:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Queens Theatre in the Park
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

The International Festival of Dance and Music
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Unisphere Millennium Fireworks Countdown
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
11:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Staten Island Snug Harbor Cultural Center
6:00 PM to Midnight

For more information on First NightŪ NYC 2000, the specific activities, or how to obtain buttons for admission to the various events around the City, call (212) 788-2000 or visit

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