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Old 04-28-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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For New Year? If so,what was it like?
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I went there once. Let me put it this way: I think everyone should experience New Year's at Times Square. The crowds are pretty much indescribable.

If you're thinking about it for this year's festivities, keep one thing in mind: go early! As an effort at keeping some sort of control, the police generally cordon off a huge chunk of midtown. Something like 42 to 50 Streets (north-south) and 5 to 8 Avenues (east-west). Once they put up those cordons, you won't be able to get in. Unless you want to try to get arrested.
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:13 AM
 
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Personally, I thought it was miserable. I left at 11:00pm to go somewhere else.

I couldn't even see the ball and it took 20 minutes to walk half a block. Honestly, unless you rent a hotel room overlooking times square or get there at noon prepared to wait it out, I wouldn't bother!
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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no thanks...

i walked through ts around 2pm last nye to catch the train and that was good enough for me
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:35 AM
 
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I got roped into that twice! I tried to explain how/why it would suck, to no avail. If you're immune to cold, can stand still for several hours in massive crowds with no hope for a restroom, enjoy not seeing what's going on - have at it!
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Nope, never.
Never plan on it either....
Standing out in the freezing cold with a tons of people huddled around me for hours on end just to see a lighted ball fall, then everyone leaves after that, I might sound like an old fart, but I can't see 1 ounce of fun in that......if the temperature was about 80 degrees, that would make all the difference in the world.......
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:30 AM
 
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A better option, imho and if you can afford it, is to join the NYE party at The View, the revolving restaurant on top of the Marriott Marquis hotel on times square. You get the atmosphere of Times Square, a good view of the activities, plus good food, music etc. We did this with my parents visiting from Europe in 2000/2001 and had a blast.

You do have to get resourceful on how to get there/get home, however. We had a car pick us up a couple of blocks away.

Have fun!
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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You can't drink and you can't go to the bathroom and you have to wait for about 12 hours for anything fun to happen. In a nutshell, totally not worth it.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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i did 3 times...first time for myself the other 2 purely for family visiting.....

I will never do it again...since 9/11 all the fun has been taken out of it....it used to be like a really big NIGHTTIME BLOCK PARTY...

after 9/11 its become a shell of its former self...its Very much a police state

You must get there by 1230 Pm on NYE to get a spot up front to have a view of the ball and have confettee drop on you this is with the 47 street area....

You cannot leave for anything NO Bathroom, No Food, No Drinks..If you do you must walk back up to Central Park South and Come back down 7 Av and you lose your Spot even if you're with a group. (So we're talking about almost 12hrs of standing in one spot)

After the ball drops TSQ clears out faster than anything I've ever seen...Were talking within 15mins the place is totally deserted...people head to Midtown Clubs and Bars or even downtown to After Parties...

pre 9/11 NY's it was worth it...post 9/11 Not my idea of a good time....now i just go right to my favorite lounge down in the Village and party it up there...we get there around 9-ish its still nice and roomy, by 11 the place fills and we countdown with Dick Clark....and the party goes until 4am, the DJ we had last year just killed it with the hits.

But you should try it once for yourself so you can say you did, then you can give an opinion.
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Heck no!

Sub zero wind chill factors for 12+ hours, no food, no drink AND

NO PLACE TO PEE!!!

nah.
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