New York City, The Big Apple, The Empire State, The Melting Pot, The Center of the Universe; this city has many names. Similarly, it is known for many things. One of the most exciting is the New Year’s Eve (NYE) countdown celebration. Millions of travellers flood the city and billions tune in to watch. The event is a true spectacle. Here are four of the best the city has to offer come December 31st.
What would this hundred-year-old tradition be without the iconic Times Square ball drop? One million exuberate people squish into Times Square, giving a jubilant welcome to the new year.
The first drop was recorded in 1907, by the owner of the New York Times paper, celebrating their change in headquarters. Currently the paper has changed buildings, but the site is still used to showcase the ball. Along with the drop is the singing of classics like Auld Land Syne, Imagine by John Lennon, New York New York by Frank Sinatra and preceding midnight are live concerts.
A useful tip: The event is on a first come, first serve basis; for a good view try aiming to arrive around 3pm. One of the best places to view is The Bowtie, near the big screen and sound system to watch the event unfold. But be careful public intoxication is prohibited and there are no public toilets. Also to make it more enjoyable bring snacks and dress warmly- remember it’s the winter!
Marriott Marquis Hotel Party
For a higher class, less crowded event head to the Marriott Marquis. This 1,949 room hotel is located is the middle of Times Square, providing a cosy safe haven for the party goers. Although expensive, the hotel does not disappoint. One promotion they offer is the “ultimate luxury New Year’s Eve Package”, which includes a limousine, champagne, music, a buffet menu, dancing, bar, and a prime view of the ball dropping.
Although the price (usually in the thousand range) the scene is smack in the middle of the party with radio city music hall, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden are all minutes away. The hotel also has three restaurants and lounges on site. The View one of the more popular, is NYC’s only revolving rooftop bar with a panoramic view live music. The bar encourages a semi-formal 1920s theme and will surely be a luxurious time.
Phish at Madison Square
Another legendary event is Phish’s Madison Square Garden performance. Forming in 1983, the band plays a wide range of music including funk, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, country, blues, bluegrass, and pop. Overall, Phish has had little mainstream recognition but this doesn’t stop their dedicated fan base. They have played a total of 9 concerts on NYE at Madison, the first in 1995.
This year their venue is lasting four days! Starting December 28th and ending the 31st for the countdown. The concert starts at 7:30 and lasts for several hours with usually with 3 sets and an encore. Tickets range from $75-$90. For those loving a good jam, this will definitely add a positive vibe to your celebration.
For the more laid back event, head to Manhattan’s Central Park for vendors, face painting, DJs, strobe lights, and giveaways. There’s also an entire wall dedicated to New Year’s Eve resolutions. Write down yours then head over to the NYRR midnight run.
Every NYE, runners gather in the park to a friendly competition. This four-mile loop is illuminated by 15 minutes of dazzling fireworks and music. Join the event for a healthy way to start the year.
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