Ah, New Year's Eve. Every NYC tourist's dream celebration in the city and every New Yorker's nightmare.
No doubt Times Square is New York to many, kind of like Boston is Massachusetts to non-New Englanders. (FYI -- there's a whole other part to the Bay State that doesn't involve Nantucket reds and animal-printed patterns from J. Crew.) And, yes, NYC sure knows how to throw a New Year's Eve party if you're into standing in the cold for hours stone sober and you have a patient bladder.
BUT... for those who are eager to get in on the ball-dropping festivities, do not fret, there will be a lot going on (for free!) and it certainly beats paying $200 for a ticket to be packed into some bar with watered-down drinks all night.
For those brave enough to battle the crowds and the cold, there's nothing like watching the glittering 12-foot geodesic sphere, a.k.a. the famous New Year's Eve "ball" on December 31.
The tradition of ringing in the new year in New York's most electrifying district dates back 105 years, when the inaugural celebration commemorated the official opening of the new headquarters of The New York Times.
Today, the ball-lowering attracts people from around the globe who travel to be a part of the festive evening.
Surrounding streets are closed off by 4:00 PM and revelers begin arriving shortly thereafter. The opening ceremonies, including the lighting and raising of the ball and musical performances, commence at 6:00 PM. No alcohol is permitted in the sectioned off bow-tie of Times Square but that doesn't stop thousands of visitors from getting rowdy.
Be sure to check out FF's articles in WeekendNotes. Today's is about NYE NYC.
FF is off to Charleston, SC, for the rest of the week. Any local CHS fabulously frugal ideas to share while we're there? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year!