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1. Posted by johnnyr (Budding Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Deciding to start my RTW trip off with a bang this year, celebrating Christmas and New Year in New York. I was in Sydney last year, which was great, just seeing if I can better it this time. Anyone experienced it? Places to go... Times square I think but there must be more. I know its going to be cold so a good time must be had to keep me warm... So let me know what its like...

2. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

New Years Eve in Times Square can be rough. If you want to have any chance of seeing the ball drop you have to get there no later than noon and just stand there all day, it gets sooo crowded. Good Luck!

3. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I agree with evakan. I actually tried doing that once. If you want to be close to the "ball drop", you need to get to Times Square by 2:00 p.m. or so. If not, you can count on being at least 20 blocks away (Probably lot more). It's crowded. You can barely move. If you need to use the bathroom, you basically have to leave and get all the way to the back since the pavements are blocked off. I tried waiting in that crowd and just gave up after a while. I can't imagine how people actually do that. I've been in crowds before but Times Square is a whole different ball game altogether. I do not recommend that.

If you can, try and get on some kinda yacht party on the Hudson river. Run a search for cruise parties in New York for Dec 31 on I hope this helps.


4. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Skip times square! So many better things to do in NY. All the bars/clubs will be packed, so just pick a good need to buy tickets in advance! (most places charge an exorbitant prices and then it's "open bar"

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you book a New Year's eve party right next to Times Square, you don't have to wait there all day--and why would you, since the weather is usually around 8 to 17 degrees Farenheit all day this time of year. These parties usually cost around $150 to $200 per person, but some are up high in the hotels that overlook Times Square--and is definitely the way to go if you can afford it. (Did this a few years back and had a great time)

Another possibility is to take a dinner cruise on either The Spirit of New Jersey or Spirit of New York--which also have bands and go by the Statue of Liberty as part of the cruise. Also if you go a few days ahead or later on this cruise, the price drops to about half the New Years Eve rate.


6. Posted by johnnyr (Budding Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Cheers for your help guys. I am travelling on a budget though and some of the suggestions are a bit out of my price range... unless of course I manage to convince someone to take me;) I'm sure I will find something to do though how can I fail? Everything I've heard about New York sounds awesome, so heres to joy of waiting...

7. Posted by v_saigon (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I'm going to NYC this New Year, too. I've been looking for the places to stay near the center of the city or somewhere close enough to popular attractions. Does anyone know some good and affordable places ? Thanks so much.

8. Posted by MyrtleBch (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

This will be my 10th consecutive year doing the ball drop in Times Square - it's great! The largest party in the world! If you have a hotel right in Times Sq - then you don't have to get there so early - (be sure to get a pass from the bar/restaurant you'll be partying at) I recommend Blue Fin at the W hotel - party there till a 1/2 hr before the ball drops and then go outside and see the ball drop!

9. Posted by MyrtleBch (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

OH -- this year I'm looking for a travel companion to help split the hotel cost - probably going to rebook at the Best Western Presidential Hotel - Checking in on Friday 12/29 and checking out Tuesday 1/2

e-mail me at -snip- if you or anyone you know is interested. Thanks!

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