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New Year's Eve on Long Island, NY - Don't Drink and Drive

- Ways to enjoy the holiday without driving under the influence

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There are many ways to enjoy New Year's Eve on Long Island, whether you enjoy the expansive Grand Ballroom at the Garden City Hotel, the "Enchantment by the Sea" cocktail party at Gurney's Inn, a four-course gourmet dinner at Prime or other great celebrations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Check out my New Year's Eve on Long Island article for some ideas.

But for your own safety and that of others, don't even think of drinking and driving. Remember that you must be 21 years of age to drink in New York. And parents, if you're hosting a New Year's Eve party, be aware of Nassau County's Social Host Law. Serving alcohol to persons under 21 in your home is against the law.

Going to a celebration in a Long Island hotel? Then find out whether they have a party-and-overnight stay so you don't have to get on the road after you've had one too many drinks. The Garden City Hotel, for example, offers its New Year's Eve Overnight Extravaganza package, which includes its annual gala New Year's Eve celebration and more. Call (516) 877-9385 for reservations or more information.

Going into the city? Check out Top 20 NYC New Year's Eve Party Picks and take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) home. (See below for schedule of extra trains to and from Penn Station.)

If you want to Celebrate New Year's Eve in nearby Queens, you can take the LIRR if it's close by, a subway or a car service.

Got friends in Brooklyn? Then read about Brooklyn New Year's Eve Activities and then find out how you can get a free MetroCard or $15 for a cab in any of NYC's boroughs. Just visit New Years in New York.

And be aware that the LIRR strictly prohibits alcoholic beverages on their trains, platforms at all stations on new Year's Eve through 12 noon on New Year's Day. MTA police will enforce this restriction.

The MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide additional trains to and from Penn Station in Manhattan for the New Year's holiday. The extra service includes 14 additional eastbound afternoon trains on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011; ten additional westbound evening trains on New Year's Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011; and 14 additional eastbound trains from Penn Station during the early-morning hours for those returning from the City on New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012.

The LIRR advises customers traveling on New Year's Eve to purchase in advance round trip tickets, including MetroCards for any connecting subway or bus service. At this busy time of year, this will save time and you'll avoid lines at LIRR ticket windows and New York City Transit MetroCard windows and ticket machines.

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