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NYC New Years Eve

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NYC New Years Eve

Thinking of taking the wife to NYC for New Years Eve. I'd like to see the ball drop in Times Square. Is it really worth it or do you have to stand out in the cold for hours? Are there any laid back alternatives? We are not big partiers, but do fancy the idea of ringing in the new year in NYC at least once in our lives. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: NYC New Years Eve

I live here and you wouldn't catch me within a mile of Times Square on New Year's Eve. I would opt for a nice dinner elsewhere, go back to the hotel and watch the ball drop on TV (its a Friday night)

If you attend the NY eve festivities at many hotels you could pay an exhorbitant price, but only you can make that determination.

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Depending what time you get to Times Square until midnight the PD will shuffle you into a type of square corral contraption and there you stay until the ball drops. No facilities, no in-out privileges, no NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, if that is your idea of fun, go for it - I'll be sitting in my recliner, enjoying a cocktail and my companion in a warm home in the 'burbs of Connecticut.

There are many threads on NYE in the City and in the Top Questions about NYCity/FAQ's to the right of these postings - suggest you check them out before committing to this adventure.

Poppa

Edited: 7:34 pm, October 14, 2010
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3. Re: NYC New Years Eve

hi we have booked a cruise for new years eve, worldyacht.com on the hudson as i like fireworks,really loking forward to it,there are quite a few companies available.there isalso awalking tour over brooklyn bridge at midnight.

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There really is no way to see the ball drop live unless you endure the cold as described or spend lots of money in one of the chain restaurants that can give you access at midnight-- to give you an idea TGIF (Friday's) tab for buffet and open bar this year is $400 a person--- does not impress me as laid back.. I am not familiar with any fireworks that night other than a small display in Central park sponsored by the New York Roadrunners who put on a fun run every year--- it may be that these cruises have their own but they are not very big like the 4th of July. I think it would be a fun way to spend new Years though if they have music and dancing and you are in a group--- not so much for just a couple.

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My husband and I did this a few years ago, and totally lucked into being ON times square right before the ball dropped. We ducked into Bistro 43 (I think) the day prior to New Years. We found out that the street was shut down for emergency vehicles, and only attendees of the private parties in restaurants on the street would be allowed in. We purchased tickets for $100/each, which included dinner (not drinks).

On NYE, we strolled up to the street corner at 7:30 p.m., and we allowed in with our guest passes. We ate and drank the night away. Around 11:30 p.m., we walked up to the barricade on Times Square, and a very nice police officer escorted us to the VERY middle of Times Square (which is kept empty for safety purposes). We were so close, we could not actually see the ball, but we certainly had a great time and were in the middle of the craziness without being huddled in the masses for hours.

I highly recommend you try to find out which street is closed for emergency vehicles right off Times Square, and then phone all the restaurants on that street. Worked for us!

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I would not count on finding a police officer who is willing to obstruct the emergency exit routes for the sake of tourists. I'm glad it worked out well for you, Oat; I just don't want anyone to think that if they just ask an officer nicely, he'll let them stand in the safety zone.

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7. Re: NYC New Years Eve

Sorry, that was totally not the message I meant to convey!

I just wanted to suggest that this family look for a restaurant that is open on the street that is closed for emergency purposes, and eat there. Then they will not have to wait for hours in the cold.

I attribute the trip to the middle of TS by the officer to my husband, who is the nicest, most talkative person alive, and a very accomodating officer who thought it would be fun to make our trip even better. We spent quite a bit of time talking to the officers and firefighters that evening, and the photos we took of and with them are quite treasured. Great bunch of people happy to be working a holiday!

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I would say you are lucky but if you could not see the ball drop what is the point. You could have been anywhere. I think it is one of those things in life that you either do it all in or you don't do it at all. I went my once in a lifetime in1999 leading into the millennium and the only good thing about it is that I never have to do it again. If I had never done it and had to do it to complete my life I think I would bite the bullet and eat at one of the places in Times Square where they have a plan to just let you out before midnight and then back in.

I know the food is bad but with an open bar after a while it probably tastes pretty good... I just couldn't ever see myself standing out there in the cold for 10-12 hours , It looks a lot easier on TV than it really is.

As for the happy cops-- I would be happy too if I were on double or triple time

Edited: 2:06 pm, October 22, 2010
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9. Re: NYC New Years Eve

I will be in NYC for New Years Eve and while a lot of ppl say to stay away from Times Sq., I will be there, toughing it out. I'm from CA and this will be once in a lifetime so why not. I can say I was there.

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10. Re: NYC New Years Eve

Just dress warm and follow the rules---don't drink anything for 48 hours before you start. What time do you plan on going there. The over and under on people from California doing it is about 4-5 hours before they give up and go back to their rooms.