Spending New Year’s Eve in New York City is the ultimate bucket list item for most people. Seeing that ball drop from the top of Times Square, watching the fireworks while confetti falls around you, while celebrating with hundreds of thousands of people has always been at the top of my list.
I finally got to join the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve Party at the end of 2015 ringing in the start of 2016 and it was certainly a night I’ll never soon forget.
If you plan on joining in the celebrations, there are some essential tips you need to know to ensure you have the best & most enjoyable experience
WHERE TO GO
The question of the day is always “Where is the best place to stand”. To get the best view of the ball drop it is recommended to watch from Broadway between West 43rd & West 50th Street, and on Seventh Avenue up to West 59th Street. My personal pick is to stand to the front or to the side of either of the stages. In early December you can check the schedule to find out who will be performing at the pre-drop show.
ARRIVE EARLY (BUT NOT TOO EARLY!)
Since I was determined to get the best possible viewing area I arrived extra early (big mistake). This was absolute unorganized chaos which led us walking around in circles for hours. The barricades aren’t set up properly until about 2pm, so if you arrive much earlier than that you’ll end up standing in a number of lines that lead to nowhere.
TAKE THE TRAIN
Without a doubt, arriving to Times Square by train is the best way to get into the city. However, it is best if you get off the train at any station before Times Square and walk the rest of the way. The Times Square Station is overcrowded and there are often several exits blocked off or controlled by the NYPD.
WEAR WARM COMFORTABLE SHOES & CLOTHES
Once you get a good viewing spot you will be standing the same spot for hours and the temperature will continue to drop as the hours pass. It won’t be long until your toes & fingers go numb so wear more layers than you think you’ll need, thick socks & a good pair of gloves. Also, pack lots what is possibly the best invention ever made – hand warmers. Stick them in your gloves & shoes to stay warm. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!
Once you find your place to stand, there is no coming in and out to grab food or drinks. Eat a good meal before you arrive and have plenty of snacks on hand that you can munch on throughout the day. However, leave your bags at home. You will not be allowed into any of the gates with bags so pack things that can fit into your pockets so you don’t encounter any problems.
VISIT THE BATHROOM IN ADVANCE
There are no toilets at all once you enter the viewing area. Make sure you use the facilities before you arrive, and keep your liquid intake to a minimum before you get there. If you do ever have to leave the viewing area there is a good chance you won’t be getting your spot back.
BRING SOME FRIENDS
Go with friends who you will enjoy spending all day with. It can be a long day so good company is essential. Try to keep any type of complaints to yourself, this can bring down the vibe of the group.
New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the year that passed and go out with a BANG!
Happy New Year!
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