New Year’s Eve: The Ice Ball
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:36 am, December 28, 2009
It takes a fair amount of pluck to try to start a new tradition in this town, but Steve Poland and his partners have got a running start. Last year’s inaugural Ice Ball—a New Year’s Eve alternative to the city’s venerable bar and restaurant celebrations—absolutely packed the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park. So Poland has doubled down this year, moving the event to the resplendent and more capacious Statler Golden Ballroom. There are three ticket prices, ranging from $95 to $225, with appropriate accoutrement for each grade of admission. Everyone, however, enjoys a generous open bar, a buffet, music by the Michael Bly Band, free valet parking, and a host of other enticements. (Go here to learn more.) Needless to say, everyone gets champagne, and if the bubbly clouds your memory of the evening, never fear: Prom-like souvenir photos will memorialize the evening. for better and for worse. It’s a class act, the Ice Ball, the sort of New Year’s soiree this city has been sorely lacking. Move quickly—the event is nearly sold out.