It's a bad economic climate for holiday parties, but some organizations, including my old newspaper, the Queens Tribune, are bravely pressing forward with celebrations. (See above.)
Here are some others I've heard about:
Tonight, The United Federation of Teachers is having their “Annual Holiday Piano Bar Party” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its headquarters, 52 Broadway. Guests are warned, “Be prepared to sing and smile again!”
Tuesday, December 9, the City Council holds its "modified" party.
Wednesday, December 10 Eric Gioia is hosting a holiday fund-raiser for his public advocate campaign at the Ron Feldman Gallery at 52 Mercer Street in Soho.
Thursday, December 11 is Bloomberg's party for City Hall press.
Here's a list of some upcoming holiday parties, many of them noted on Alan Flack's blog.
Any others out there, email me or put them in the comments section.
Thursday, December 4
8:30 p.m.–Transportation Alternatives, at Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street.
Saturday, December 5
6 p.m.–Pataki Leadership and Learning Center Holiday Reception, in Peekskill.
Sunday, December 7
–Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club’s Toys-for-Tot luncheon, at Paul & Jimmy’s, 123 East 18th Street.
3p.m. –Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, at the Woolworth Tower Kitchen, 233 Broadway.
5 p.m.—Chelsea Reform Democratic Club “pot luck” dinner, at Dusk Lounge, 147 West 24th Street.
5:30 p.m.—Three Parks Independent Democrats, at the American Youth Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Avenue.
Monday, December 8
6 p.m. Manhattan D.A. candidate Cyrus Vance (holiday party/fund-raiser), at Slate, 54 West 21 Street [added].
7 p.m.–King's County Conservative Party, at Yellowhook Grille in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, 7003 3rd Avenue.
Wednesday, December 10
5:30 p.m.–Al D'Amato, at Union Square Ballroom, 29 Union Square West.
7 p.m.–Staten Island Women's Republican Club, at the Vanderbilt, 300 Father Capadanno Blvd., on Staten Island.
9 p.m.–New York State Democratic Party, at the Westin New York, at 270 West 43rd Street (with special guest David Paterson, and honoring the late Terence Tolbert. The invite says "a very special announcement will be made at the event.")
Friday, December 12
6 p.m.—Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic Club, at ZIP, 2207 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.,
Saturday, December 13
7 p.m.–New York Young Republicans, at Domenico's, at 120 East 40th Street.
Sunday, December 14
2 p.m.-Broadway Democrats, at Chez Martin, 390 Riverside Drive.
Monday, December 15
6 p.m. Downtown Independent Democrats, at B4, located at 50 New Street.
Tuesday, December 16
6:30 p.m.—New York County Lawyer’s Association Centennial Dinner, at the Waldorf Astoria.
6:30 p.m.–Kings County Republican Party, at the Bay Ridge Manor, at 473 76th Street, in Brooklyn.
Wednesday, December 17
6 p.m.—New York County Democratic Organization, at the Teamsters building, at 216 West 14th Street.
7 p.m.—N.A.A.C.P.’s Mid-Manhattan branch, at 270 West 96th Street.
8 p.m.—Community Free Democrats, at the Bromley, at 225 West 83rd Street.
Thursday, December 18
-Prime New York (contact Jerry Skurnik for details)
-New York County Republican Club (call Jason Weingarten for details)
7 p.m.—Park River Independent Democrats, at Chez Loving, 164 West 79th Street.
Friday, December 19
8 p.m.—Metropolitan Black Bar Association, at BLVD, located at 199 Bowery (for details, call 646-773-0073).
Monday, December 22
6 p.m.—The McManus Democratic Club, at 321 West 44 Street
6:30 p.m.—Lexington Democratic Club, at the Back Page Sports Bar, 1472 Third Avenue.