One of the major highlights of the holidays in New York City is spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square. If you’re planning on attending the 2013 – 2014 celebration, here are a few things to know and a few tips (for first timers) to take into consideration as your plan your night out.
- New Year’s Eve is Tuesday, December 31, 2013
- The “best” location for the ball drop is West 43rd Street and Broadway
- Crowds will begin to gather starting around 3PM, but, those wishing to nab the best spots often arrive at 12 noon or even earlier.
- Leave the backpacks and bags at home. Take one with you and it will be confiscated by the NY Police Department.
- No alcohol. No kidding. The NYPD takes the safety of everyone very seriously and bringing alcohol to Times Square on New Year’s Eve will result in having it confiscated. (Not to mention it is against the law to drink in public in New York City.)
- New Year’s Eve is a gridlock alert day. Leave your car at home and take mass transit.
- The party will kick off at roughly 6PM. For a schedule of events leading up to the ball drop visit: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/nye-schedule/index.aspx#.Uqd19vtywwo
Around 3 or 4 PM the New York Police Department will start shutting streets down in anticipation of the crowds expected for New Year’s Eve. Generally speaking, the street closures begin at West 43rd Street and Broadway, and, make their way north to West 59th Street as more people come into the Times Square area.
What You Might Not Know (Tips For First Timers)
- Once the NYC police department puts up the barricades, you are in for the duration. If you leave, you will not be readmitted (at least not to the same spot.)
- Need a bathroom? Plan carefully ahead because there are no restroom facilities in the barricaded areas where the New Year’s Eve revelers gather. And, as stated above, if you leave, you will lose your spot. Thinking about using one of the restaurants, hotels or stores in the area? Think again. Most are closed to the general public since they will be hosting their own New Year’s Eve parties.
- Weather in New York City is unpredictable at best, keep an eye on the weather and the temperature so you can dress appropriately for spending hours outside. (Remember layering clothing is always the best way to dress for extended time outside.)
Also one of the best sources for information for New Year’s Eve in Times Square is the Time Square Alliance and here is the link: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/nye-schedule/index.aspx#.UqdwvPtywwo
Other Events Taking Place in NYC on New Year’s Eve
Besides the party in Times Square, New York City offers a host of other events taking place to ring in the new year. Check out the following websites for things to do December 31, 2013:
- New Year’s Eve Live: http://www.newyearsevelive.net/cities/new-york-city.html
- New York New Year’s Eve Parties: http://newyearsevecentral.com/newyork/12-31-2013
- Webster Hall: http://websterhall.com/nye/
- New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/guides/holidays/newyears/