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Whistle in the New Year Tonight at Pratt

We interrupt our year-in-review countdown to suggest a way for our New York-based readers to best welcome 2008…

Who needs wild parties, Ryan Seacrest, or a fancy new LED-laden slab of Waterford crystal descending upon you and the millions of goofy-hatted, inebriated Times Square revelers? Not you, UnBeige reader. All you need is a bottle of champagne (may we suggest the Veuve Clicquot Rose, complete with Karim Rashid-designed loveseat?) and a seat on the G Train. Your destination is the Brooklyn campus of Pratt Institute, where the art school’s antique steam whistles will ring in the new year (or are they belching out the old one?) tonight at midnight. Get there early and tour the school’s power plant! Who knew steam engine-powered DC generators could be so festive?

Here’s a look at last year’s steamy celebration:

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