Monday, December 28, 2009

Dropping the Ball

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

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Point Break - A Perfect Bar Experience in NYC

    A local friend recommended and took my Cali group to this amazing bar. He said that mostly locals came here so I didn't really know what to expect ambiance wise... but screw it, the view at this bar was absolutely breathtaking! No joke. I felt like a celebrity w/ superstar treatment as the staff are friendly and amazing to say the very least.

    I don't know who the house DJ was but he definitely was playing music right up my alley. It would've been my dream for people to start dancing, but it's all good.

    It's a bit sceney for my taste, but it really didn't bother me much. the bartenders knew their stuff, although their 1st cocktail was a little weak, when he saw i understood cocktails the next 2 were stronger. I also liked that even though the place was really hopping the bartender remembered what i was drinking when i came to order another. (he also understood how good a gin hendricks is, and not to overpower it with the mixer). It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied..try it will love it!! can I forget, they even have a wheel o' shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!!

    We ordered the Veal and Fish Tacos. They were delicious. Mm! We ended up asking for spoons to polish off whatever remained in the platter. (Faux pas? Who cares as long as it gets in my tummy.) The fries were crispy, but not overcooked, just the way that I like them.

    So take in this scene: You walk in to what seems like an overly crowded place, but soon fine an empty table. Time seems to stop and the only indicator of the night moving on is the moon and your brain cells slowly going to bed forever. The music is not to loud and the people around look good, the only thing left for you to do is to enjoy that drink you paid ridiculously low for and laugh at the joke your co-worker just told.

    The vibe of the place just never seems to die out and if you happen to spot some NYC socialite, sports player, or star, don't let it get to you... because for that moment, this night they are no long more important than then you. In fact go up to them and introduce yourself!

    All in all just a great place to meet new people, or just have drinks with people you already know. I've been to numerous bars in the city but i would say this place is just great. Very welcoming staff, very laid back ambiance. I’ve been here twice after my first visit with my Cali group . I would say its worth the every penny you spend!!