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Prospect Park to end the year with a bang

Move over, 2013; there’s a new year in town. Ring in the New Year at Brooklyn’s biggest New Year’s Eve party and underneath hundreds of booming lights – this time we’re not talking about the dozens of decked Christmas trees.

Grand Army Plaza, located at the main entrance to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, has been the yearly viewing site for the Prospect Park Fireworks. The annual celebrations, sponsored by Borough President Marty Markowitz, will be shot off over the Great Lawn section of the park.

The festivities are free and will begin at 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 31.

“It’s a very family-friendly event,” said Corinne Martin of the Prospect Park Alliance, calling it one of the city’s “calmer” New Year’s Eve events. Nonetheless, the night out at Prospect Park promises a grand old time.

“We usually draw crowds of about 20,000 people,” said Martin, and they expect the same this year as Markowitz prepares to mark his last New Year’s celebration as borough president.

At midnight, Markowitz will hand over the reins to Borough President-Elect Eric Adams, welcoming the New Year and Brooklyn’s new borough president.

Those interested in ending the year on the right foot before the ‘works can check out the last race of 2013 – Brooklyn’s New Year’s Eve 5k run. Brought to you by the Brooklyn Road Runners and Sketchers Shoes, the 5K takes place in Prospect Park and is the only nighttime race in the city park all year.

The race starts at 11:15 p.m. leaving runners with just enough time to savor some complimentary hot chocolate, sparkling cider and other refreshments. Runners, walkers and families of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun and the run.

Each participant will also receive a glow necklace and the first 400 registrants will take home a long-sleeve t-shirt. The first 200 runners will receive a special gift from Sketchers – and the first finishing male and female will take home a gift certificate.

Packet pick-up begins at 10:15 p.m. at 9th Street inside the Prospect Park entrance. Registration prices are $30 from December 24 through December 30 and $40 on race day. For more information or to register online, visit www.brooklynroadrunners.org.

Once runners cross the finish line they can sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Martin and the rest of the Prospect Park Alliance urge park-goers to get there early for a good seat.

“It’s just a great event,” she said.

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