Many people choose to travel abroad to ring in the new year in style and perhaps almost nowhere on earth can compare with the electric, buzzing atmosphere in the heart of downtown New York. New York’s Times Square has become almost synonymous with New Year’s celebrations, with over 1 million people congregating to watch the Waterford crystal ball descend to mark the countdown to the New Year.
Getting the best view
As you’d expect with one of the most visited areas on the planet on New Year’s Eve, the best spots tend to fill up quickly. The best views of the ball are located on West 43rd and West 50th Streets and on Seventh Avenue up to West 59th Street. It’s best to arrive early, as revellers beginning filing into Times Square from 3pm onwards. Once these streets start to fill up, the police will form cordons to prevent overcrowding. From 10.30pm onwards, it’s almost impossible to find a spot with a decent view of the activities.
Getting to New York’s Times Square
The best way to get to New York’s Times Square is by using the extensive subway system throughout New York. However, it is recommended not to alight directly at Times Square as the subway station tends to be overcrowded with extensive police checks, which in turn could leave you arriving late to the festivities. Alight a few stops before Times Square and walk the rest of the way to avoid the thronging crowds.
Leave your bag at your hotel
Police officers will not allow anyone carrying a bag to enter many areas of New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve. In addition to bags being prohibited, the crowds gathering at Times Square provide the perfect backdrop for opportunistic pickpockets to operate.
Wear appropriate clothing
It’s likely to be very, very cold with long periods of standing in the same spot. Ensure that you wear appropriate clothing to ward off the effects of frostbite and ensure you wear a pair of comfortable shoes with adequate grip in order to prevent the chances of a slip trip or fall.
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Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown