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Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

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Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

Yes I know~Avoid it! Unfortunately it's on my aunt's bucket list so any recommendations I can actually use? Thank you for your time!

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1. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

Yes- get there at noon and wear adult diapers. Have fun.

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2. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

Lol!

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3. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

Yes, I have. Of course, I did it as an on-duty lieutenant of the NYPD, assigned (at the time) to the Chief of Department's staff. As such, I was not confined to a cattle pen, but could go where I wanted, when I wanted (which the people in the cattle pens -- that would be your aunt, if she comes -- did not have), with complete access to food (which the people in the cattle pens did not have) and bathrooms (which the people in the cattle pens certainly did not have.) Even so, I found the evening long and tedious, and was determined never to do it again if I was not compelled to. I certainly did not understand why those poor saps in the cattle pens, who were standing there in the cold, hungry and toiletless, for HOURS on end, had made the gross error of coming there in the first place.

Does that answer your question?

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4. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

hmm, i will be watching Mariah on NYE at Madison Square Garden

When it's over, will the whole area be jammed packed/blocked?

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5. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

No it doesn't. Especially since millions of people do it every year. Thanks.

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6. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

"No it doesn't. Especially since millions of people do it every year. Thanks."

But how many people have actually done it twice? That's the real question.

I get the sense that you don't quite believe what everyone's telling you here. My comment about the adult diapers wasn't a joke, and neither was the suggestion that you get there at noon. I'm not sure what other tips you're looking for.

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7. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

Hi Travelinglmt,

We go NYE every few years, but we stay up on 7th Avenue in the 50's. We get there about 11 pm, and even though we are further away from Times Square you still get a good feel of the NYC energy, the crowd, the lights, the noise and the festivities. It is a big NYC event, and a lot of fun

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8. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

Yep, I did it once. That was more than enough. I got there early on a freezing cold night and was escorted into a pen made out of police barriers. I was crammed in like a cow in a feed lot. Once there, I was stuck in place. Standing in the cold. It was exciting counting down and watching the ball drop, but definitely not worth the hassles.

I'll be comfortably watching the fireworks in Prospect Park, roaming at will without a cattle pen in sight.

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9. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

If you do a text search on the forum, you'll find people who say they went as in this thread with a posting from thelma & looeez

tripadvisor.com/…5107404

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10. Re: Anyone on this forum ever actually done Times Square on NYE?

Perhaps, you can just read the website about the event - all the questions about food, toilets, time to arrive, etc are answered by the co-organizers of the event - it lays out all the painful details:

www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/nye_faq.html