New Year in New York
Every year as the clock approaches midnight on the 31st December the world's attention turns to the spectacular display hosted by Times Square. New Year's Eve is much more than just a celebration, it's a tradition celebrated across the world. As the renowned New Year's Eve Ball comes down from the flagpole in One Times Square, approximately one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over one billion viewing throughout the entire world are brought together in bidding farewell to the departing year, and showing enthusiasm for the forthcoming year ahead.
Seeing the iconic ball drop live is a once in a lifetime experience. To see the ball drop in Times Square is free of charge. The ball has been descending from 42nd Street since 1904. Party-goers will fill the streets from 42nd Street to 53rd Street along Broadway and 7th Avenue.
The main factor to consider is the weather. If its cold, then crows will not start to appear until mid-afternoon. If the weather is mild, crowds get there early on in the day. The surrounding area and streets will begin to close to pedestrian and car traffic at approximately noon. At this point in time, the NYPD will begin to construct barricades and guide people to the cordoned off areas.
Many restaurants are located in the Times Square area. Remember that if you are dining at a restaurant nearby, you will not be able to come out and watch the Ball lowering at midnight. People will arrive in Times Square early during the day, and while you are dining, designated viewing areas will fill up on a "first come, first served" basis. Furthermore, no one is allowed to stand in the emergency lanes or on side-walks. Experience New York at New Year and you will be blown away by the unique atmosphere and feel which this city has at this special time.