There are only a handful of cities with celebrations so spectacular on New Year's Eve that they've built an international reputation on it. At the top of the list, arguably, is Sydney - for it's magnificent and world-class fireworks display on the city's sparkling harbour. Perhaps the most iconic, however, is the ball drop in New York's Times Square - otherwise known as "the Crossroads of the World". It's where some two million people pack the streets in the core of the Big Apple up to 16 hours before the clock strikes midnight.
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New Year’s Eve in Times Square sounds like a urine-soaked hell
Organizers of the event have arranged for over 1 million people to simultaneously pee on themselves at the stroke of midnight. The event will be viewed via Satellite all over the world. Spectators are expected to start assembling in early afternoon for the made-for-TV extravaganza. As has been the case for years, the celebration will take place under tight security, with partygoers checked for weapons and then herded into pens, ringed by metal barricades, where they wait for the stroke of midnight. People who arrive early enough to grab a standing spot in Times Square itself may have a good view of the stages where the entertainers perform.
I Survived New Year’s Eve at Times Square! What’s It Really Like? Should You Go?
What should I wear and how should I prepare? Forget fashion; think warmth. Layer long johns or thermals under the warmest clothes you own, then cover those with a wind- and water-resistant top layer. Bring hand warmers, gloves, extra socks, a toasty hat, and maybe even a Pussy Riot-style balaclava.
Rob is a normal guy who somehow finds himself in the middle of interesting experiences. His writing invites you along for the ride. I was curious about the experience, the glitz, the glamour, and what goes on behind the scenes. So I did it! And having done it, I can now speak from experience and help YOU decide if you should go next year.