Written by Megan Soyars
Christmas is over, classes haven’t started yet, and you’ve still got some holiday partying to get in before you drag yourself back to campus to start the spring semester. Well, it’s almost New Year’s Eve, and you’re in one of the greatest cities in the world to celebrate! (Hey, the word “new” is our first name!) From the legendary ball drop in Times Square, to the fireworks display in Central Park, there’s something going on everywhere in the City. I’ve got some handy tips and info that will help you enjoy this night to the max.
BALL DROP IN TIMES SQUARE
This is undoubtedly the most “rockin’” event to ring in the New Year. Millions of people brave the cold to experience the exhilaration only a festivity like this can bring.
HOW TO GET THERE
The subways around Times Square are a little crazy during this time, but they will all be open. However, it’s recommended not to arrive by the Times Square stop, but instead a nearby one, like 50th St. and 8th, or the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
WHAT TIME TO GET THERE
It’s recommended to arrive in the afternoon (by 3 pm) to secure the best place. At least try to arrive by 6pm, so you can watch as the ball is raised.
WHERE TO GO TO TAKE CARE OF LIFE’S NECESSITIES
Unfortunately, there are no portable public restrooms in Times Square. Don’t resort to using diapers or empty bottles like some tourists have confessed to doing. Charmin provides public bathrooms around Times Square until 3pm, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal also has public restrooms. But be prepared for a line. And I mean a looonnnggg line. Also keep in mind that once you leave your spot, you can’t return to it.
But the ball drop is only one of the 10,00000 things to do this New Year’s!
1) Central Park is hosting several events for those who would like a more low-key atmosphere. Participate in a midnight run through the park, enjoy drinks at Tavern on the Green, or watch the midnight fireworks display!
2) The AMEX theatre in the heart of Times Square is hosting parties and movies all night long. This is also a great venue to watch the ball drop (without the crush of the crowd below).
3) Take the Brooklyn Bridge walk starting at 10 pm, then stay to watch the fireworks at midnight.
WHERE TO EAT
And to forget about your student discounts. You can use them this holiday when you’re looking for a place to refuel. From TGI Fridays, to the Outback Steakhouse, you’ll always be sure to get a good deal with your coupons.
-Megan, Trinity University