In Bed-Stuy, 2014 is set to bring a lot of change — after more than 30 years in elected office, Councilman Albert Vann will leave politics and his replacement Robert Cornegy will begin his term in the city council. At the venerable Boys and Girls High School, major decisions are still up in the air.
As you prepare for the new year, there are plenty of venues right in Bed-Stuy to celebrate all the neighborhood's changes.
Justin Warner, who won season 8 of "Food Network Star" and hosted the nework's television special "Rebel Eats," prepared a menu featuring some of the restaurant's staples like the "pond wings" appetizer — frog legs in a spicy Dr. Pepper glaze — and "a fish and some chips," which is an entree featuring a whole fish in a yuzu-shallot vinaigerrete with fries.
For dessert, try either the Snickers ice cream bar or go bold with the foie gras doughnut, a restaurant specialty.
"We encourage people if they don't have plans to try it out and see what works," Warner said of the menu.
If a three-course meal isn't for you, head to Black Swan (1048 Bedford Ave.) where $20.14 gets you unlimited champagne from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., with happy hour starting at midnight.
In addition to the champagne and discounted drinks, the bar will serve its pub fare all night long, featuring chicken wings, burgers, mac n' cheese and a dish called "Camden, 7 a.m."— a french fry dish topped with baked beans, a fried egg and fresh chives that the restaurant bills as a favorite of John Lennon.
The newly-opened Glorietta Baldy (502 Franklin Ave.) offers a more classically festive affair. For the countdown, the bar is handing out free noise makers, party hats and horns to ring in the new year alongside their expansive and rotating list of craft beers, all of which will be $1 off all night.
The bar will also provide a full menu of sausages and wings from Brooklyn Artisinal Foods, alongside "good luck" black eyed peas. And be sure to get in one game of pinball, if the line isn't too long.
Craft beer bar Bed-Vyne Brew (370 Tompkins Ave.) kicks off its paty at 9 p.m., which features a midnight champagne toast and a set from DJ MIHOKO, who's spinning soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, reggae and more all night long.
Project Parlor (742 Myrtle Ave.) is throwing "the official Bed-Stuy-Clinton-Hilliamsburg" New Year's Eve event featuring three DJ sets, $25 bottles of prosecco, a free champagne toast and a party that promises to go on all night long.
"10PM UNTIL A VERY LOOSE 4AM," the excitable invitation declares.