Times Square New Year’s Eve

It’s one of those things in your life you have to do once – watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year‘s Eve.  It’s an adventure and certainly a test of one’s endurance to be able to stand in the cold for several hours without a bathroom.  All that for a few minutes of action.  The main stage area is between 46th and 47th where Broadway and 7th Ave intersect and that area begins filling up early in the day.  Some people start showing up around noon.  That’s a bit too much time standing in the cold for me, so I got there around 5:30pm.  NYPD is out in full force this day and there are crowd control barriers everywhere.  As areas fill up, entry is sealed off and you’re directed to the next open block.  I ended up at 7th Ave and 41st, which gave me a decent view, but was too far to hear, or really see the concert and activities on the main stage.  Being New York, the crowd manages to keep itself entertained while waiting, or at least huddled together for warmth.  It’s the human version of March of the Penguins.  And is it all worth it?  Yes, yes it is.  Those final 10 seconds of the year can’t be beat anywhere else.  You just had to be there.

raising the ball at One Times Square

raising the ball at One Times Square

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The countdown begins

The countdown begins

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it wouldn't be New Year's without confetti

it wouldn’t be New Year’s without confetti

cold, hot, and steamy vendor on 40th and 5th

cold, hot, and steamy vendor on 40th and 5th

 

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