New Year’s Eve at Times Square

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New Year's Eve in Times Square
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Since 1907, a sparkly sphere has been lowered in Times Square, and even though the rest of the country has adopted the tradition, New York can still lay claim to it. Arrive by 3pm (earlier if the weather is nice) to stake out a spot in the Broadway–Seventh Avenue bowtie, and be prepared to stay put: There are no public restrooms or food vendors, and leaving means giving up your spot. It may sound like no fun, but this is really the best kind of holiday masochism, and your endurance will be rewarded with performances held across two stages, beginning at 6pm. A burst of pyrotechnics from One Times Square, every hour on the hour through 11pm, should whet the appetite for the ball drop at a minute to midnight. The geodesic sphere (11,875 pounds, 12 feet across and covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and 32, 256 LEDs) descends 70 feet before an almighty 60-second fireworks display of more than 3,000 colorful effects and confetti is released into the city sky.


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Times Square always kind of feels like the center of the universe, and for one moment on New Year's it sort of is. The crowds are massive, and the lights seem even more overwhelming, with various live programming all around the square. The anticipation, and effort necessary to survive in the cold, the large crowds, the street closures, all seem to add to a kind of wonderment. Needless to say, more of a once in a lifetime experience, rather than something you'll want to do every year, but it is uniquely New York. As a note, almost immediately after midnight, it can take seemingly forever to deconstruct the barricades, fences, and general flow of people. Expect massive amounts of waiting outside, before, during, and after the event.

One of the best winter attractions on New Years eve in Manhattan!! looking forward to the ball drop!!