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2005 Invitation

Friends, I bring sad news: Grace Bar/Restaurant/Ritual, the location of the NBNYE from 2001-2003, and TDBNBNYE 2004, has in the year 2005 lost its "ritual" status with the departure of JJ (aka "No Ass O'Barkeep"). Therefore, it will no longer play yearly host to this eagerly-anticipated annual event every twelve months.

But with every sadness comes a silver-lined storm cloud, for with the loss of the Tribeca location, NBNYE - in celebration of the 13th (or possibly 14th) Anniversary of the event — returns to the Broken Land, and gains a new co-host!

So, please, won't you join JVG, Xina, AVR, and Callalillie for...

The Unluckiest Ever 14th Anniversary

In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle

This year, for your convenience, the party has been relocated to nearby Red Hook, Brooklyn!

Easily accessible by car, car service, taxi, cruise ship, OR city bus #B61 (The ONLY city bus with a bar AND a website named after it!), Red Hook has recently been targeted by developers, so the NBNYE may well be your last chance to see the neighborhood before it is razed and replaced by an Ikea (“affordable solutions for better living”.) It also serves as the home of soon-to-be-married Lex & Corie, and it is in their new apartment that the festivities shall be held.

For those who have not previously attended the event, enjoyable aspects of NBNYE include:
• No resolutions! --in fact, no promises of any kind
• No champagne! --plenty of other booze
• No pressure to enjoy yourself! --please, don't
• Attempt in vain to remember how many previous NBNYEs you have attended! --much easier for those attending for the first time
• Begin New Years Eve Day wth a vicious hangover!

The evening shall also serve as a celebration of the 6th night of Chanukah, AND as Lex & Corie's semi-housewarming party and long delayed Chip & Dip party. So bring booze, dreidels, latkes, booze, chips, dips, housewarming gifts or booze to supplement the evening.

Friday, December 30, 2005 @ 7:00pm

Continuing until such time as Lex & Corie are requested, by their landlord, to remove themselves from the building permanently.
259 Van Brunt St #4, Red Hook, Brooklyn 11231

Why should you not RSVP?

(Fine print: For those to whom it applies, take an allergy pill before attending, as the Red Hook ecosystem supports over 60 pounds of cat.)

NEW THIS YEAR: NBNYE invitation archives all the way back to 1999, here! Add your comments about previous NBNYE parties! Do you have an old NBNYE invite not included on these pages? Send it my way!

UPDATE: Lock supplies photos from the event.


JVG : I'll be there!
Dahlia : Sam and I will be there
JP : Can't wait! Will bring 1 or 2 friends along.
Tiya and Nathan : Yes!
Rebecca Hart : Yea, though the party be located at The End of The Earth, which it is, and though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Death to get there, which it looks like we have to, I shall be there, bearing Marty, and we will rejoice.
tien : it better not be too cold or wet on that long walk from the subway. so yes plus 1.
Charlie Alterman : Alas, I've got two shows that day and two the following so I don't think I'll make it. But I'll see you all in 2006!
Mike Tarantino : Rock! By which I mean, count me in. Woo!
skoz : I wish i could make it, but i'll be on the southside, eating boiled peanuts and lighting hanukkah candles to the sound of crickets and the coca cola factory - c'est la vie.
G-man : A resounding yes! With a guest.
Marc Lesser : Unfortunately (unfortunately for you that is) I'll be on a beach pondering my existence. Have a great time & Happy New Year.
Genevieve : yes, Gerald and I will attend. So happy to have neighbors.
Nikola and Julie : We will be in Massachusetts til Jan 5 which SUCKS BIG ROCKS. Miss you guys - raincheck all the way.
alesandra : It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Rick and I will be unable to attend. We will think of you fondly as we sizipp sizirrup in Bardstown, KY, though, and we'll be sure to sing a drunken round of "My Old Kentucky Home" for ya. NEXT YEAR is on, though.
Dale : I'll do my damnest to be there. I may bring a friend, too.
Mark Rifkin : Since I'll be in the area ("area" defined as anywhere between Philly and the Tappen Zee), I'd love to come.
seth : ummmm... yeah. and i will be bringing someone much better looking than me with me.
Kate : Sadly, I'll be out of town yet again (will I ever be around to make this??). Have a great time and happy new year!
MJ : Sorry, I won't be able to make this. Happy 2006 to all the Saint Annsers.
deanna : I fear committment, so lemme say I'm almost positive I'll be there with a plus-one. ;-)
Erk M-H : Timothy shall be in Vermont here, with me While in St. Paul Karen and Clara shall be. But fear not, nor get your sweet self in a dither For by Saturday night we shall all be together. I very much like your "Twas Night before Giftmas" My writing will suffer till the twelfth day of Christmas. ---- Very sadly, we must decline your invitation. See you next summer, we hope!
kim : im gonna try and come - plus one
Alba Brunetti : How can I say no to fierce and unyielding passion? I will be there barring illness (and I say this because I am going to a Germ-boree baby birthday party tomorrow.)
Joey : oy, I am trapped here in the eternal rain with two screaming children and one puking sister. But there is good food and wine. Be back the 11th or 12th or so.
Tim and Sheila : Regretfully, but not really, we will be in the Florida Keys Friday evening. Hope you all have a very happy New Year!!!
Dan and Ninon : Honored to be invited, we will be there if any steam left from painting all day in Queens (so 50/50).
Anne Fentress : Jon, We're actually in CT/New York until Dec 29. Couldn't you move the night-before-new-year's-eve party back one day, just for us? Couldn't hurt to have a the-night-before-the-night-before-new-year's-eve-party, right? Even if you can't buck tradition and reschedule the entire shindig, thank you for inviting us!
Maggie : I have to go gambling with my uncle-in-law and husband at Mohegan Sun. No, that is not a joke. I will miss you guys
Jessica and Jeff : Be there with bells on. And other clothes too.
Josh : Alas, I am still waiting for my packages to arrive.
Jared : Sounds good. Will try my best to make it out of the island with Julie.
Karken : I suppose since we already live in Brooklyn, we have no excuse. Shall we bring Sadie and start a cat/dog fight? meow
Dan : If the busses are running and I can get out of work at a decent hour, I'll be there (+1 or 2).
deb : Alex and I can't wait. (And will stay as long as I can hold up after my NBNBNYE revelry!)
michelle : thanks for the invite, alexis! wish i could be there, but i'll be in granadaland. have a wonderful time, & happy new year!
julie : Wish I could make it, but I'm in San Francisco. Thanks for the invite, it sounds like a great time! Have fun, and Happy New Year!