Getting Back to New Year’s Eve- Has ANYONE been in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

January 6, 2010 by
Filed under: Holidays 

Happy New Year     Have you ever been in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?  Do you know anyone who has?

   Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve seems like it would be about as much fun as a toothache… during childbirth… seriously.

   I’m not trying to be negative or anything- I just don’t get it…

   Why would you want to be OUTSIDE, freezing, with hundreds of thousands of strangers… for hours?!

   Where do people go to the bathroom?  Do they set up port-a-potties?  Where do people even sit down?  Do you stand for hours?  And not that alcohol is vitally important to New Year’s Eve… BUT- you don’t even get to ring in the New Year with a glass of champagne??!!

Or do you?  Do the police just kinda ‘look the other way’ that night and everyone has thermos containers of alcohol?  What do you actually do for HOURS??  I saw people arriving at Times Square at 3:00pm in the afternoon- that means they were prepared for at least  9 hours of standing in the cold?!  That’s kinda dangerous even…

What about kids?  I’ve seen kids on TV there- oh, that’s right- every mother knows- KIDS DON’T GET COLD :)

I’m serious- if you have been to Times Square and are reading this- please leave a comment to tell me what it is like.  What is fun about it?  Are there vendors giving out little prizes and stuff?  Is there entertainment all day long?   Do stores even let people in- to get warm and stuff?  

I’m writing this because my husband and I say every year, when we watch the ball drop…

“Those people look so cold!”

Maybe it’s just- very young adults, like 20-year-olds, who are like,

“Let’s go to Times Square, let’s see the ball drop, let’s just bring a scarf and gloves, it’ll be fine… it will be SO COOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

And- do you have to ‘stay in your spot’ to make sure you can see the evening entertainment?  

Maybe people get rooms at hotels in Times Square on New Year’s Eve (I can’t imagine this is cheap, though) (or that they aren’t booked months in advance), then they can just go and get warm, get some food…

That’s another thing- where do you eat?  McDonald’s in Times Square must be mobbed on New Year’s Eve, every food establishment must be… what about water, even?  Does New York City hand out water bottles to people??!!


these are my questions…

They are not pressing matters-of-state…

Just questions.

MAYBE I should just pack up my husband and 6-year-old son next year and go…



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One Comment on Getting Back to New Year’s Eve- Has ANYONE been in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

  1. Kate Coveny Hood on Fri, 8th Jan 2010 6:44 am
  2. Oh no – I’m with you – it sounds terrible.

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