In 1904, the city of New York was on the verge of some major changes, and many of those changes were taking place in Times Square. Times Square underwent to major transformations in 1904, thanks to the opening of NYC’s very first subway line and the first ever New Years Eve New York celebration in the area.
Fast forward to today, New Year’s Eve in Times Square is one of the most popular events in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people make their way to Times Square and they wait there for hours and hours because they want to watch the famous Ball-lowering ceremony. Satellite technology allows people from all around the world to watch the ceremony, and it is estimated that more than one billion people watch it.
Usually it can be very cold in NYC on New Year’s Eve, but you may want to check the weather before going because sometimes it may be comfortable. Also, you can expect around 1 million packed in, just waiting for the ball to drop.
It’s no secret why people from all around the world flock to Times Square, as well as tune in to watch the ball drop. There are live bands that play there, celebrities hanging out and TV specials hosts by famous people such as Ryan Seacrest. Fireworks explode and the streets are eventually covered in about 2,000 pounds of confetti.
If you decide to head to Times Square to be part of the biggest New Year’s Eve part in the world, then here are some things to keep in mind that will help you create an experience that will be memorable and pleasant.
First, The Basics
The Waterford Crystal ball drops from a flagpole from 1 Times Square. This ball can display more than 15 million colors. You should try to get a spot somewhere around West 43rd and West 50th street on Seventh Avenue up to West 59th Street. Regardless of where you are planning to go, make sure to arrive very early because as the streets fill up, police officers close them down. Here is a tip, those who get the best spots usually arrive before 3PM. The ball makes it way to the top of the flagpole at 6PM, and by 10:30PM you will probably not be able to find a spot that will allow you to see the ball. Those with disabilities will also want to get to Times Square as early as possible, because there are designated viewing areas. However, they tend to fill up very quickly too.
Last year, some of the entertainment provided to those waiting included midnight-kiss practice, live music and hourly countdowns to name just a few. You can expect the same this year.
The Train Is The Best Mode Transport To Take
The best way to reach the celebration is by taking the train. You should take the train to any stop except Times Square/42nd Street, and then just walk to the destination. That train stop gets extremely busy on New Year’s Eve.
Wear Good Shoes
You should wear good shoes, and by that we mean comfortable shoes. You may want to look nice, but nobody on New Year’s Eve will be looking down at your feet. If you arrive early, which is recommended, then you will be standing for hours at end. This is why it is a good idea to wear comfortable shoes.
Don’t Bring A Bag
Don’t bring your bag because if you do, then the cops will not allow you to go past the barricades. There are no exceptions to this rule, and you really don’t want too many accessories and items weighing you down.
The chances are it will be very cold in NYC on New Year’s Eve, and this is why you should wear as many layers as possible. It’s also a good idea to check the weather before going to NYC.
Eat Plenty Of Food Before Going
When you claim your spot, you will not want to leave it because it will be snatched up within seconds. Try to grab a big bite to eat before you go and claim your spot. There are plenty of restaurants located in Times Square and the surrounding area, so you won’t have to go too far to find a place to eat.
Go To The Bathroom In Advance
You should really go to the bathroom in advance because there are no restrooms in the viewing area.
Bring Some Cool Friends
Don’t bring a boring New York party of friends who don’t like to talk because you will be standing around for hours. Bring some cool friends who enjoy talking about the same thing you enjoy talking about. If you do this, then you will surely have a fun night.
Times Square may not interest you and if that is the case, then don’t worry because there are plenty of other things to do in NYC. There are no shortage of New York clubs, and all of them will be busy on New Year’s Eve. You can even take a cruise or go and catch a concert or NYC nightlife. If none of those things interest you, then maybe eating a nice restaurant or going to a comedy show is more your cup of tea. Whatever you decide to do on the big night, have fun and ring in the new year in style.