As the New Year approaches, Americans are making plans to celebrate. Some Americans will spend their New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square. I, a man who has lived in nearby Brooklyn for most of his life, would never chose that way to ring in the New Year because of the crowds, cold temperatures, and logistical nightmare.
Times Square – What better place to be on New Year’s Eve?
Watching the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square is a tradition of mine, as I would imagine many Americans. But I have always watched that moment from the comfort of a catering hall or my own television.
Watching the people in Times Square leaves you with a feeling of wonderful excitement. It also makes me feel enormous pity for the masses.
I imagine that being in Times Square during New Year’s Eve can an experience of a lifetime. There must be excitement knowing that you are part of an event that is happening all across the world. And the fact that you are in New York City can heighten that excitement. But then again…
Why I would never celebrate in Times Square
Crowds, cold, and logistical nightmares are reasons why I would never celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square. With just about one million people crowding into Times Square, you will have to plan your attendance with the precision of a military strategist. One would have to plan on being there really early to get a prime spot. And once you are there, forget about leaving your spot if you want to keep it. With all those people in one location, I think anyone with the slightest sense of claustrophobia should steer away from the celebrations.
And if winter stays true to form, you are probably going to experience very cold temperatures. Being in New York City during the winter is a frigid experience. Not only are the temperatures cold, the wind that is propelling between those large buildings can make it feel much colder. Being a person who already hates the cold, Times Square during late December is not my idea of a great place to be.
Planning on going anyway to Times Square? Unless you can get a hotel room right in the area, you are going to have a difficult time getting into and out of Times Square. There will be mass transit alterations due to the volume of people and proximity to the site. Better plan on bringing some water and food with you because once you’re settled in your spot, it is probably best not to move. And be prepared for all the extra police. Unfortunately, the sheer numbers of people and the event’s importance require increased police presence.
So this guy will never subject himself to New Year’s Eve in Times Square. But if you like the crowds, cold, and dealing with logistical issues, this may be the perfect spot for you. But I’ll be watching and smirking from the comfort of indoor climate control.