It's official; this New Years Eve, you will not be partying like it's 1999. This year, on December 31, all New York New Years Eve parties will be forced to stop selling alcohol at 4 am. So you can go ahead and drink that old 4 Loko this weekend.
Why is this New Years Eve different from all others? Here's the deal: the State Liquor Authority of New York requires that businesses obtain permits that extend their ability to sell alcohol into the wee hours of the morning. Usually individuals file for these privileges right around now. However, proprietors face a problem this year in that NYE falls on a Sunday, a day that is already encased in a law that requires liquor to stop being sold from 4am until noon the next day. Alas, at 4am on NYE you won't have to go home but you can't stay there. We like the way Steve Lewis put it best, "With this early limitation, New Years Eve should be a normal-ish night, but maybe that isn't such a bad thing." It might also be a good time to stop debating whether or not it's an evening for amateurs.
On the upside, we have a feeling that you might actually make it to that January 1st brunch.