Going to NYC to be on Times Square for New Year's Eve. I've read a lot about the experience, too late to back out now with air and hotel booked, DoubleTree SuitesTimes Square. What is not clear is what time does one really need to arrive to be in a "pen" on the Square? All I read is to get there early. How early is early?
Who else is planning to be there to experience this insane event?