NYE in NYC… Any Real Experiences??

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
2973 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Candice512:  Well, since I can’t change your mind…what are you looking of doing? 

If you want to get pummeled and/or a mosh-pit kind of experience, go to one of the 45 shows in the city hosted by Ryan S., or Katy P. or IDK who else. 

Or, you could do a cruise. Party boats can be fun, and are less likely to get you killed. 


Post # 5
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Candice512:  for the love of god, do not go to times square. do not pass go, do not collect $200.  Just don’t

Post # 6
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When you say NYE in NYC, what are you looking to do?  Are you planning on being Times Square?  If that’s the case, then I have to talk you out of it.  If you want to be anywhere close to the ball, you have to get there around noon.  And then stand there and wait for 12 hours.  In the cold.  With no access to a bathroom (you can leave to find one, but then you won’t be able to get back, there are police barricades everywhere).  So that means hanging out in the cold with a whole bunch of people jammed next to you who are peeing into bottles (or worse).

I have several friends who have done the Midnight Run in Central Park, and they all seem to love it.

Post # 7
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

NYC is such a great place to visit, it would be a huge shame to do it for NYE.

Post # 8
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you choose to do Times Square, just be aware that there will be people getting spaces in the very early afternoon. You have to arrive early to get into one of the choice corrals. You can’t leave the corral once you are in it and return. I hear some people wear diapers. There are no restrooms.

You also can’t bring in a bag or backpack. I’m assuming some people stash granola bars in their pockets – restauraunts are open but you lose your spot if you leave to eat at one. Obviously no alcohol. 

I work in midtown (and often work NYE) so I see the setup every year. Lived here for 9 years and have never gone! It looks like my very own version of hell when I pass it. I know some people do enjoy it though.

I have a friend who did a river cruise for NYE last year and loved it, that could be a good option for you!

Post # 9
2973 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Candice512:  For a cruise? It’s open to anyone who will pay =D

I have only been once, and never again, against my wishes..because a family member wanted the NYC/E experience. He got it. But we just went to dinner & tried to show him as much as we could while also avoiding the 3847503749 tourists and their cameras. 

Sorry, I don’t have crazy stories for you 😛 my crazy stories involve different types of crazy people, not tourists 😛

I’m not sure where you’re staying, but downtown is always fun & filled with young people. I’d avoid TS (although I know it’s difficult not to go…it’s blinding). If you like French cuisine, I can recommend Les Halles restaurant in Gramercy.

Post # 10
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

One of the most miserable days of the year to be in the city.  I live close to Times Square and even trying to escape that area to go to an outer borough is a nightmare because they restrict subway access.  If you find standing in the cold, not being able to pee, leave or move while getting intimate with strangers fun then it might be for you.  I prefer getting as far away as possible or becoming a recluse in my apartment to dealing with that mess.

Post # 11
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Candice512:  You dont have to pay for Times Square. LOL

BUT you do have to get there ridiulously early (like that MORNING) and sit out in that ridiculous crowd. None of my friends go to Times Sq bc it is crazy. There are plenty of parties and events all over the city but most are pre-paid tickets for $100+ per person.

Post # 14
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I did Times Square a few years ago because my mom has always wanted to see the ball drop.  We didn’t get there super early like everyone else – we only got there about 30 minutes prior.  We still got close enough to see the ball drop.  It was miserable.  Freezing cold, people are drunk and everyone crushes into each other to get closer, the noise is deafening, you can hardly breathe, you can’t move at ALL…I will never do it again.  

I did NYE in NYC 2 years later with a friend of mine.  Some friends of hers actually were able to rent out a bar for the night.  THAT was fun.  Still freezing cold but a much better time.

I suggest that if you’re set on doing NYE in New York, avoid Times Square with everything you’ve got.  

Post # 16
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Candice512:  If you do dinner, make sure to research restaurants ahead of time. Many of those in city had prix fixe menus for which tickets must be bought/reserved in advance. 

I also advise against TS, however maybe look into Gansevoort Hotel in Meatpacking District. I went to their top floor bar for Thanksgiving one year, and I got gorgeous views of the city at night. Could be fun for NYE.

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