Hello 2013! We’ll be Watching You Arrive at New York’s Times Square Ball Drop
If You’re One of the Many Braving the Crowds at New York’s Times Square Ball Drop, Check Out These Helpful Hints to Make Sure You’re Experience is as Safe and Enjoyable as We Hope 2013 Will Be.
10 Tips for Watching the World-Famous Ball Drop in New York’s Times Square
The Times Square Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve is an amazingly high-energy, exciting, entertaining, and historic event to be part of, but there are definitely things you’ll want to consider before joining the crowds for many hours before the stroke of midnight. To enjoy the experience as much as possible, follow these ten tips carefully. You’ll be glad you did. And then have a fabulous time in New York’s Times Square for New Year’s Eve, where you’ll be one of the thousands celebrating as one year memorably becomes the next.
- Pack Lightly – and Discreetly. With throngs of people jostling each other around in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, it’s easy to lose something or have it lifted from your purse or pocket without ever noticing, so leave whatever you don’t need back at your Hotel. It’s also important to note that bags are not allowed in the Times Square on New Year’s Eve for the Ball Drop and security will be enforcing this. Keep valuables like IDs, credit cards, and money under your clothing. Money belts are a great option.
- Dress Warm and Strategically. If you aren’t familiar with the northeast climate, prepare to be cold. Really cold. You’ll be standing outside for hours, the sun will go down, the temperature will drop, and you will be unpleasantly chilled if you’re not dressed appropriately. Wear gloves, a scarf, hat, warm socks, and have layers to add as needed. Consider a jacket or coat with pockets, too, so you can pack snacks. It’s not about sexy in this scenario; all the smart people will be dressed just like you and those who aren’t will wish they were.
- Where’s the Restroom? At your Hotel. Or at the public restrooms at the nearby Port Authority. Go before you arrive to Times Square. The Charmin holiday toilets at 1540 Broadway between W 54th and W 46th Streets will be available, but plan on really long lines.
- Stay Nearby. If you’re fortunate enough to get a reservation at a Times Square Hotel, you’ll appreciate the conveniences of not having to use public transportation, using your Guest Room's restroom at the last minute, and being able to quickly get to your bed when you’re finally done celebrating.
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- Arrive Early. How crowded it gets can’t be stated enough. Thousands of people pack in and most start arriving throughout the late afternoon. Once your spot is chosen, plan on keeping it until midnight.
- Know the Best Viewing Areas. The best spots to see the Times Square Ball Drop are along Broadway from 43rd St to 50th St and along 7th Ave up to 59th St.
- Eat a Big Lunch. If you find your spot in Times Square in the afternoon and stay put until after the ball drops, you’re looking at many hours without a full meal, so eat a big lunch.
- Pack Snacks. Packs snacks and beverages (but remember not to hydrate more than necessary due to the bathroom situation). You may want to bring a warm beverage in a thermos. Remember that no alcoholic beverages are allowed.
- Participate in what’s available. Every hour as different countries around the world ring in the near year, there is a mini-celebration in Times Square. There is also a wishing wall at the Times Square Visitor Center and if you can add your wish before New Year’s Eve, your wish may be part of the confetti that floats down on the crowd at midnight. There will be performances, celebrity appearances, laser lights, and complimentary masks, hats and balloons for those who are there by 7 p.m.
- Be a good sport. With so many people trying to find a good view of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, you’re bound to get bumped, stepped on, and have your view blocked. Stay calm, be patient, and keep in mind that you’re there to celebrate, so stay positive and end one year and begin the next on a good note.
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The Paramount Hotel is unrivaled for combining style, comfort, and affordability in the most popular part of New York City. Having been part of the New York scene since the late 1920s, Paramount Hotel sits in the middle of Times Square, close to all things Manhattan – from the Broadway Theater District, Empire State Building, and neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Madison Avenue.
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