It’s already New Years Day here in Australia but celebrations around the world are not over yet. This time last year we were in New York City, what better way to ring in the New Year than in New York City!
We left our hotel around 3 pm and walked up to 42nd street, just one street back from where the ball drops. As a lot of surrounding streets were already blocked off, we walked a few blocks up 5th Avenue when it started to snow. That was my first time ever seeing snow and it was magical! We soon discovered most streets were blocked off so we attempted to get a good spot by going up 8th Avenue but no luck. Instead of braving the crowds and continuing to walk further and further away from the center of Times Square, we decided to head back to our hotel and figure it out from there. Later on we walked approximately 33 blocks up 5th Avenue trying to get a vantage point to see the ball drop. Central Park was blocked off as well so we ended up opposite New York Public Library, not before almost getting stuck in a crowd of people across the street. We could see the building where the ball drops but, unfortunately, the view was obstructed. Despite below zero temperatures and not being in the heart of the celebrations in Times Square, we still had a fun night.
Now we have another reason to go back to New York City and celebrate New Years Eve like millions of other people do in Times Square!
After a lot of research and speaking from experience, here’s your ultimate guide for New Years Eve in New York City:
•Watching the Ball Drop in Times Square – get there super early if you want a great view, some people arrive at 11 am and earlier! The Times Square Alliance recommends watching from Broadway between West 43rd and West 50th Streets and on Seventh Avenue up to West 59th Street
•New Years Eve parties – there are plenty of venues hosting parties around Times Square and throughout the rest of the city. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance to secure your spot
•Fireworks in Central Park – watch the fireworks burst into the night sky in Central Park at Naumburg Bandshell
•Dinner cruise – if you want to a low key celebration then a dinner cruise is for you. Be sure to book your tickets in advance
For more information visit www.balldrop.com
No matter where in the world you’re celebrating, I hope it’s amazing.
Happy New Year!
If you have any recommendations for New Years Eve in New York City, please leave a comment below.