Tips for Celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York
The New Year’s Eve Party in New York is by far the most famous street party taking place in the night between the years. The ‘dropping of the ball’ has become a widely acclaimed tradition, not only by the hundreds of thousands of participants present there in Times Square but also by the millions of viewers watching the event on TV. Those of you who are familiar with the crowded Times Square are probably aware of how difficult it might be to find a spot with a good view around there. I therefore give you some quick tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York:
Are you up to the challenge?
Before starting to make your plans for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve night in the Big Apple, it’s essential to ask yourself if you are ready to face the challenges it might involve. This is, after all, one of the biggest street parties in the world, so expect to be part of a huge crowd. People will be moving back and forward in search for the best spot, there will be bumping, stepping on each other’s feet, noisy groups and possibly a lot of pickpockets. If you are ready to consider all these as minor inconveniences it means you’re ready to party.
New York has hundreds of hotels, but even a big city like this might be overwhelmed by the number of tourists. Make sure you book you accommodation early and, most importantly, arrive early in the area around Times Square. Check to weather report and dress up accordingly (maybe bring some extra layers, as standing there for hours will make it seem colder than it actually is). Also, bring some food and hot drinks. Non-US citizens should remember that drinking and carrying alcohol on the streets is forbidden by US law.
How to get there
If you are traveling on a budget and would like to save up the money you would spend on an extra night in New York, you can plan on arriving in Times Square on the 31st of December. The famous square has a central location, just few blocks away from Port Authority (NYC’s biggest bus terminal with direct airport connections), as well as numerous subway stations (as crowded as it might get, the subway can still save you from the crazy New York traffic).
There are other great ways to enjoy the show without having to stand there in the cold. Booking a room with a view or taking a river cruise will let you enjoy the fireworks in a more calm and intimate atmosphere. There are also lots on pubs and restaurants offering festive dinners and nice views of the show, a quick search on the internet will return plenty of results.