New Year’s Eve in New York City

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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.

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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.

Dress Warm

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.

          NYE NYC 2018

Dance Clubs In NYC

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Dance clubs in NYC are an essential component of the renowned night life that New York City offers.  For individuals who enjoy dancing and partying until the wee hours of the morning, there are quite a number of offerings that can provide the level of entertainment that is desired.  From the super high-end dance clubs to the highly questionable underground entertainment stations, there is sure to be a place for individuals of varying preferences to be fed, watered and provided with the right atmosphere and music to dance the night away, fueled by drinks, adrenaline and top DJs.

Bar 13

Bar 13 is located at 35 East 13th Street in the historic Union Square of New York City.  This tri-level club features a rooftop getaway that is adorned with palm trees. The chill James Bond martini lounge is a favorite of many and there are two popular dance floors that are driven by top DJs who spin techno and house music.  “Two-For-One” drink specials are offered by the full bar to fuel the antics of the dance floor. To escape the music for a while, the roof deck provides a mellow respite that is complete with barbecue and beer on Sunday nights and a breath-taking view of the Manhattan skyline.

Lotus

Individuals who like to explore the meatpacking district of New York City will find a visual feast on 409 West 14th Street that is straight out of a Stanley Kubrick film.  This club offers three levels of different experiences and features a dining room that offers Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.  There is a pulsating DJ-driven dance floor that is decorated with Asian art and there is a decadent lounge area that has a full bar.  An evening of grand opportunities awaits you at Lotus.

Pacha

This European-style dance club is located at 618 West 46th Street and is nestled between the Hudson River and Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.  The club is housed in 30,000 square feet and there are 4 distinct levels that patrons can freely experience during an evening of revelry.  The main room has a wide-open dance floor that is equipped with projection screens, a state-of-the-art sound system, a full bar, giant disco ball and twinkling DJ booth.

The Mezzanine is the next level up and it provides visiting VIPs with 360-degree panoramic views.  The Funky Room is above on the next level and features legendary bikini girls, shower booths and a mirror lounge.  At the very top is a chic hideaway for individuals who prefer a more private setting.  This den has a DJ, a lavish ladies room, a full-service bar and cushy banquettes.

GoldBar

Found in Little Italy at 389 Broome Street, the GoldBar is an ultra-sophisticated lounge and dance club that is decked out in gold skulls and chandeliers.  The sexy, stylish décor attracts crowds all through the night and the GoldBar offers a great place to wind down after a night of bar hopping.  GoldBar provides good music and it offers a great environment in which patrons can drink and dance the night away.

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Cielo

Located in West Village at 18 Little West 12th Street, Cielo is situated between Washington Street and 9th Avenue.  This is one of the most popular dance clubs in NYC and its DJs provide the best mixes of electronic and house music throughout the city.  Cielo mostly attracts individuals in their mid-twenties and mid-thirties.  The venue is not as big as other NYC nightclubs; therefore it always feels like lots of people are there.

Sullivan Room

Found in Greenwich Village at 218 Sullivan Street, the Sullivan Room is among the clubs devoted to playing underground music in New York City.  Patrons can enjoy international talents and local DJs in the 1000-square-foot venue.  Typically, the cover charge is non-existent or quite low.  The club opens Wednesdays to Sunday, from 10 pm to 5 am and tech, electronic and house music create the vibe for which this club is well known.

Santos Party House

Santos is located in TriBeCa at 96 Lafayette Street and it is a bi-level venue with 8000 square feet of space.  Different music is played on the two floors to satisfy the varying preferences.   This club provides a good atmosphere and patrons usually pay little or no cover.   Reggae, hip-hop and top hits are played throughout this large venue.  The crowd is mixed and the drinks are cheap.

Mehanata

Mehanata is found in the Lower East Side at 113 Ludlow Street.  It is among the popular clubs in Manhattan for the young crowd and it features DJs and live music.  Mehanata is a Russian-style bar with a caged vodka ice room in which patrons get locked up for a few minutes to drink as much vodka as possible.  The club  plays a mixture of live local bands and European club music.