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#4579632 - 11/19/17 11:20 PM New year's in new York
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Hey everyone I'd like some thoughts and advice on possibly going to new York for the ball drop. I am considering going but don't want to spend a fortune. Do you meed passes to see the ball drop . Anyone with experience would be an amazing help. Thank you everyone.
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#4579640 - 11/19/17 11:30 PM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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As someone who worked in the hotel industry for years, most rooms, and private drivers are already spoken for. If not the prices are probably going up daily at this point. If you can wait awhile after the crowd thins out or have family that can meet you somewhere would be your best bet. Not sure how crowded your towns 4th of July is but AMP that up for NYC. Ball drop passes are selling quick, and this year are $219-$269 per ticket.


Edited by 97prizm (11/19/17 11:32 PM)
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#4579670 - 11/20/17 02:24 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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Living 20 miles from NYC my entire life I never went, and never will go. IMO it's not worth the effort or the money. Just getting into and out of the place is enough of a turn off. Sorry to rain on your parade, maybe its because of living here all my life. LOL
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#4579680 - 11/20/17 03:07 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: demarpaint]
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Originally Posted By: demarpaint
Living 20 miles from NYC my entire life I never went, and never will go. IMO it's not worth the effort or the money. Just getting into and out of the place is enough of a turn off. Sorry to rain on your parade, maybe its because of living here all my life. LOL


I have to agree with you, plus its better to stay home in your warm bed and watch it on TV.

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#4579727 - 11/20/17 05:44 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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Not direct experience, just a tale from a coworker. He got there and at some point police cordoned off sections of Times Square. They pretty much had to stay put. If you leave a cordoned area (e.g. for a bathroom break) you're not allowed back in. Crowded, noisy, "entertainment" except for commercial breaks. The ball drops everybody goes "Happy New Year" and then it's over. Cordons go down and the police shush everybody off, show's over - go home.

I imagine these days the security would be crazy.

Didn't sound like much fun to me.


Edited by Rick in PA (11/20/17 05:50 AM)
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#4579732 - 11/20/17 05:49 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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I have been to NYC Time Square in the fall without a special event going on and there is too many people I can only imagine how nuts it would be on New Years eve. No thanks.

Have fun if this is your thing... thumbsup


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#4579755 - 11/20/17 06:22 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 07/11/15
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My niece who works for Planet Fitness corporate marketing who is a sponser. She mentioned her college friends using diapers and waiting hours in the cold although she provided the passes to them.

I did see her in a clip and friends on TV but all good looking young ladies so camera swung on them. They had a blast.

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#4579772 - 11/20/17 06:50 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
2dogs Offline


Registered: 02/01/17
Posts: 58
Loc: NY
I've been there a few times for New Years Eve. My perspective was the same as Rick in PA's coworker.Maybe if you like being penned up like cattle with no place to move, you'd like it. Also remember the weather could be pretty bad. Not for me.

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#4579776 - 11/20/17 06:54 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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That's one big juicy target for terrorists and psychos. In today's world No thanks.
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#4579777 - 11/20/17 06:59 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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I've always thought that this would be a great experience, but I would think you'd have to book a room WAY early or know somebody in the area to stay with. Really wonder where all those people stay, get food, go to the bathroom, etc.
Never once saw the great fireworks up close from the Chicago lakefront despite living in the area a total of about 25 years. Tried to run down there once with friends just after my college years and we got stuck on the highway quite a ways from the lake, on 290 I think. Everybody just got out of their cars and shared drinks and snacks while watching the show, kind of a nice experience in its own right. Taste of Chicago was similar, I had to work in the city one weekend when it was going on and it was just a nightmare to get around.
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#4579800 - 11/20/17 07:28 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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A friend of mine and his wife went to watch the ball drop in New York one year just to say they had been there. If you can imagine having to stand in one place for several hours in the cold, shoulder to shoulder with 10,000 strangers with no place to go when nature calls, that would be it. He can say he did it, but he would never go again.
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#4579809 - 11/20/17 07:45 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: ram_man]
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Women will be groped. Everyone packed in like sardines. Need to be there early and wait in the cold for hours to hold good spot. Obviously a target for terrorists.
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#4579823 - 11/20/17 08:02 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: Virtus_Probi]
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Registered: 08/19/10
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1) I worked for decades in the Theatre District which is immediately west of Times Square. FYI: Times Square is where 7th Ave. and Broadway cross at a shallow angle and stretches from W.42nd St. north to W.47th St. and a little beyond. When work was over the battle cry was, "Get into the subway or walk to Penn Station / Grand Central Station or the Port Authority Bus Station and just go home". It's what I always did.

2) Once I hung in a restaurant on 45th St. and we were able to stay warm and eat and drink and stroll to the edge of the throng seconds before the ball dropped. We had a blast. It was great fun.

3) Once I had to work a New Year's broadcast at NBC and I drew the lucky straw to be the first to be let go home and I walked south on 6th Ave. I'd try to go west to get to the edge of Times Square from W.49th St. all the way down but there were tons of people on the edge of each street so I went BELOW 42nd St. I got there just as the ball fell. I could hear the thousands counting down. THEN a flow of people marched south and I simply stayed put and watched the revelers pour around me on their way home. It was actually kind of cool. I had a party to go to downtown so I joined in the " makeshift parade". Groovy it was.

4) For security reasons, you're ushered into position. You're barred from standing on the grates which are the subway's air equalization vents.
The restaurant owners either close or reserve their restrooms for customers. Once you leave there's no getting back in. It's been that way for years and years-long before 2001.
I'd avoid it due to the confinement but if you're in town DO WALK NEARBY and see if you can see it at least....then go downtown to a pub or walk west to 9th or 10th Aves. for a restaurant. Again, they're affordable on those streets.

5) If you happen to go into town for New Year's and want a GREAT SPOT to party I respectfully suggest McKenna's Pub on W.14th St. The owners go all out decorating for every holiday. REAL NEW YORKERS go there and the feeling is sincerely warm and fuzzy. You'll enjoy the prices. The food they make there is pub food but it's top shelf.
EVERYONE I've sent to McKenna's LOVED it.

6) If you're north of Times Sq. and need a good, affordable restaurant go to the Applejack Diner. It's at 1725 Broadway @ W.55th St. The food is quite good. Don't let the word "Diner" in their name fool you.

7) If you're well south (downtown by the World Trade Center Site) you MUST go to Puffy's. It's the 3rd oldest bar in NYC and is GREAT. It's at 81 Hudson St. (SW cor. with Harrison Sts.).
When you're down there you can go visit the firehouse from Ghostbusters. Everybody does.
That neighborhood (Tribeca) is rich with pubs. Walk to Greenwich Village with ease.

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#4579950 - 11/20/17 10:36 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: Kira]
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Originally Posted By: Kira
1) ....
5) If you happen to go into town for New Year's and want a GREAT SPOT to party I respectfully suggest McKenna's Pub on W.14th St. The owners go all out decorating for every holiday. REAL NEW YORKERS go there and the feeling is sincerely warm and fuzzy. You'll enjoy the prices. The food they make there is pub food but it's top shelf.
EVERYONE I've sent to McKenna's LOVED it.


6) If you're north of Times Sq. and need a good, affordable restaurant go to the Applejack Diner. It's at 1725 Broadway @ W.55th St. The food is quite good. Don't let the word "Diner" in their name fool you.

7) If you're well south (downtown by the World Trade Center Site) you MUST go to Puffy's. It's the 3rd oldest bar in NYC and is GREAT. It's at 81 Hudson St. (SW cor. with Harrison Sts.).
When you're down there you can go visit the firehouse from Ghostbusters. Everybody does.
That neighborhood (Tribeca) is rich with pubs. Walk to Greenwich Village with ease.


I am making note of these places, thanks.
Did you ever go to Milady's before it closed a couple of years ago?
A buddy of mine ran across it maybe 20 years ago and we would stop there every time we met in NYC.
Somehow heard that their landlord was kicking them out and wasn't able to make it down before their last day, guess I only made it there 5-6 times but I had great memories from a small number of visits.


Edited by Virtus_Probi (11/20/17 10:36 AM)
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#4579953 - 11/20/17 10:38 AM Re: New year's in new York [Re: BobsArmory]
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Originally Posted By: BobsArmory
That's one big juicy target for terrorists and psychos. In today's world No thanks.


Yep....a very big prize for these murdering swine.

I've been at JFK during the holiday season....a total nightmare in itself. I would not ever do it again.
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