Mayan Doomsday Gives New Yorkers Reason to Party Like There's No Tomorrow
By Nina Mandell on December 19, 2012 7:54am
NEW YORK CITY — If the world ends on Friday, New Yorkers are planning to say goodbye in style.
According to interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, Dec. 21 is a red-letter day for Armageddon.
But, instead of getting depressed about the oncoming apocalypse, party promoters are planning events to lift everybody's spirits. The Big Apple is expecting a party to end all parties.
Among the hot spots to hit up:
►The aptly named Maya's Tequileria on the Upper East Side, The restaurant is offering a $65 special which includes unlimited small plates from the "Apocalypse Menu," accompanied by bottomless margaritas, wine or sangria. "We've been seeing our name in headlines all year — "Maya Predicts End of World" — so we figured, if the world really is ending, it's our duty as Maya to embrace it," a rep for the restaurant on First Avenue at 64th Street told DNAinfo New York. "As for turning it into a party, it was inevitable — what else would you expect from New Yorkers as the world comes to an end?" (For reservations call 212-585-1818)
►The Gansevoort Park Avenue Rooftop is letting patrons go out in style with a party featuring DJs and models posing in an "End-of-the World/Post apocalyptic photo shoot". You can RSVP here.
►The style continues at Hudson Terrace's event hosted by iAdventure.com, which encourages customers to "grab the famous outfit you've been saving for a special occasion that may never come." Tickets cost $30 and the party includes music from DJ Lulo & Bones.
►Want to just kick back and meet your maker with some good beer? Head over to Alewife Queens where they're hosting a New Apocalypse Party with a large selection of beers from Elysian, a Seattle-based brewery that has released an Apocalypse series of suds.
►Those beers are also available — along with Twinkies — at the End of the World Party at One Mile House on Delancey Street in Manhattan.
►At the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, a bevy of bands including Autodrone, Night Vision and Starbolt 9 "will rock so hard that its reverberations will shatter planet Earth to the core," organizers brag. Tickets are $12.
►Laugh your way to the end at the Bowery Hotel’s End of the World Party where Seth Herzog and Mario the Magician are performing. There will also be apocalyptic themed documentaries and paintings as well as free cocktails from 7 to 8 p.m. and Reverend Mandy Iahn will preach apocalyptic proclamations and pray with partygoers.
►Keep the laughter going at the Bell House, where "Daily Show" comedian John Hodgman is helping followers count down to the possible end of the world.
►More "Daily Show" comedians including Wyatt Senac are performing in the "Afterlife Comedy Show" at Union Hall in Park Slope. Tickets are $8 and are available here.
►For the artsy crowd, the Cameo Gallery on North 6th Street in Brooklyn is flying in French-electro-jazz electronic experimentalist DJ's Joakim and Jacques Renault “to curate a soundtrack to end all.” Tickets are $15 and available here.
►And for those who want to intellectually roll their eyes at the whole scene, the Showbiz Store and Cafe on West 21st Street, in Flatiron, is hosting That's All Folks! on Thursday. Joseph Mauceri (FEARSmag), Maitland McDonagh (former TV Guide's Senior Movies Editor), Edwin Pagán (Founder-In-Chief of LATIN HORROR), and Mike Sargent (radio personality and film critic) will discuss Hollywood's cinematic obsession with the end of the world as we know it — including the Mayan apocalypse. Reservations are available here.
And, if the predictions turn out to be wrong, Beaumarchais on W. 13th Street in Manhattan will throw a survival brunch with food, drinks and music.