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What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

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What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

Hello Everyone,

Please could someone help me!

Me and my boyfriend are heading to New York over the new year, we want to have something planned before we get there? We both love celebrating New Years Eve.

I know a lot of people have advised to stay away from Times Square due to massive crowds, but as its my first time in New York, is this something we should do having never experienced it before? If so when do people start queing/waiting for the ball drop? Or which restaurants are best to go to? Either to watch the ball drop or near by to have a romantic dinner then go outside for the ball drop?

Please help me,

Thanks

Soph. X

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1. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

Sorry.....you've missed it. LOL There is more than enough info on the threads here to answer your question. Please do your own research/homework/travel planning before posting. Please read up on the various threads about NYE.

Please don't expect us to start a conversation with you about NYE 2013 now. Us locals are just recovering from all the repetetive questions about NYE 2012.

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3. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

Sorry new to trip advisor, not got the hang of it yet!

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4. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

There's been a good bit of angst expressed here in the past week, by people who hoped for a great TSQ NYE experience, and whose experience didn't live up to expectations.

So, to bypass...

Central Park has fireworks at midnight. Enjoy them.

Also, there are places on the center/west side of the park where you can see the ball drop from a distance.

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5. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

sophieking - welcome to the forum.

First, read this:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k5029772… A_sigh_of_relief_until-

Then, type "NYE" or Times Square Eve" (and you can sort by date) into the search box and you'll get previous posts like these:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k4912373… Tgif_times_square_nye_2012-

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k4136628… New_Years_Eve_2011_Bubba_Gump_Review-

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k5036823…

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6. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

Sophie - I can understand that you are not acclimated to the nuances of Trip Advisor, however do you realize that New Years Eve was around 12 days ago?

In your post to what are you referring - NYE in 2012/13?

As mentioned any discussions about New Years Eve will be 'on-hold' for some time as people recover from the event, just concluded.

Poppa

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8. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

Geez... I'm surprised you don't realize, we HAVE to ask the questions now because things are already booking up! Haha. Gotta start early. Yes, this early. Is someone asking a question really that inconvenient? It's actually really difficult to find threads on this topic that actually got answers because every single one has responses like this one, saying "There are already threads like this..." I can't actually find any with an answer. Or at least it's very hard to.

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9. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

Hi Sophie,

this is one person's fabulous experience of NYE at Times Square:

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k6054…

Now I just did a search of using the phrase New Years Eve..then swapped the order of posts from Relevance to Date to get the most recent ones.

I've been on this Forum for ~4-5 months and so saw the lead up and fallout to NYE. Things to look out for are:

* WHEN TICKETS GO ON SALE...eg many missed out on Buppa Gumps (whatever that is - but they didn't go on sale till ~November or so...can't quite remember)

* WHAT WAS A SCAM...some boat trip was a shocker...

these threads will come up if you do the search I suggested.

Other things to do besides the Times Square thing...

- dinner then fireworks at Central Park

- concert at Lincoln Centre then fireworks at Central Park...

these are the other 'big' things to do from what I can tell and my own experience of 2 x New Years Eve in NYC...I had one in 1986 too and was invited to a party cos I was staying with someone in their apartment (so this is probably a less likely option for most tourists)

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10. Re: What to do on New Years Eve in New York?

I disgaree that things are "booking up" at this stage - for example the restaraunts around times square will not be selling tickets until towards the end of the year for example.

Its too early in my opinion to book flights and hotels - what exactly are you finding that is "booking up"?