Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Do you want to celebrate the end of the year in Times Square? Here’s all you need to know about the iconic event

NEW YORK – The New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square is one of the most anticipated events for tourists and New Yorkers in New York City.

Like every year, the world looks forward to that magical night with the lights and energy of the crowds and presentations in the heart of the Big Apple. As the website says: New Year’s Eve has become more than just a celebration in the iconic city of New York City: It’s a global tradition.

For this year, the city is inviting the public safely back to Times Square to witness small pieces of the New Year in person, with safety restrictions in place. The highly anticipated festivities were also broadcast to television and Internet audiences, and included a virtual multimedia experience.

Here we answer some questions you might have if you’re planning on attending the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.

Do you have any restrictions related to COVID-19?

Currently, New York City does not have COVID-19 requirements for outdoor events. If this changes, Times Square will update as the information is released.

What time should I arrive at Times Square? What time does the festival start?

The festivities will begin shortly before 6:00 p.m. EST. At approximately 6:00 p.m. ET, the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball One will rise to the top of the pole on Times Square (Broadway at 43rd Street). At exactly 11:59 a.m. EST, the ball will make its 60-second descent under the flagpole to signal the start of the new year.

People begin to gather at noon on New Year’s Eve, as admission to the viewing areas is open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I watch the festival online?

You can start watching it online on 31st December at 6:00 PM. For this you can visit TimesSquareNYC.org.

Visit the Live Webcast page for details on how to share the webcast to your website or blog.

Who will be performing this year?

Chelsea Cutler and JVKE will headline the music lineup on the official Times Square NYE webcast. There will also be dance performances by the Sino-American Friendship Association and dance group ANEW. Plus, live performances by Ava Max, J-Hope, Osmani Garcia, New Edition, Sech and Duran Duran, as well as a variety of activities and guest appearances throughout the night.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams Waterford will press the crystal button which signals the descent of the crystal ball and will lead to a 60-second countdown to midnight.

The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET with the lighting and rising of the New Year’s Eve ball atop One Times Square. This was followed by “Fusion, Movement, Inspiration: Hong Kong Rocks!” presented by the Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA). The title will feature an impressive performance from Hong Kong.

Go here to see all the programming.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend the event?

No. The annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square is a free-for-all event on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no public space available for sale.

Some private parties are held at many of Times Square’s restaurants and hotels and tickets are required in advance.

What’s the best way to get to Times Square?

The best way to get to Times Square is by public transportation. To get to Times Square, the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, Q, R, W, and S trains serve the Times Square area. Please note that some trains do not run on weekends. In the past, the MTA has advised people not to use the 42nd Street subway station on New Year’s Eve due to congested conditions; It is recommended to exit at one of the nearby stations and enter Times Square on foot.

Last year, the 49th St. N/R/W station and 50th St. 1st station were bypassed until noon on December 31; It is possible that they may close again this year depending on the number of people arriving for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Additionally, the 42nd St entrance to the Times Square–42nd St station usually closes around 10:00 am.

Pedestrian access points to enter observation areas:

The most up-to-date transit information is always available by calling the MTA at 511 or visiting www.mta.info.

How do I get to Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

Entry to Times Square on the night of December 31 will be only through sixth avenue from o 8th Avenue. no one can cross Broadway/Seventh Avenue Once the roads have been closed. If your destination is in the East Broadway/7th Avenue, must enter sixth avenue and the nearest road intersection to your destination. If your destination is in west direction Broadway/7th Avenue, must enter eighth avenue y intersection of your destination. The only exception is for businesses on 42nd Street; for them, you have to enter 41st Street why 8th Avenue.

Access points to view points:

  • South of 41st Street:
  • North of 43rd Street:
    • from Sixth and Eighth Avenues 49
    • from sixth and eighth avenues 52
    • from Sixth and Eighth Avenues 56
  • Pedestrians and the general public may not cross northbound, southbound, or cross intersections within the affected area.

Which roads will remain closed till 31st December?

On December 31, the New York City Police Department will begin closing access from 43rd Street to Times Square and northbound Broadway to the public. The proximity of these blocks to pedestrian and vehicular traffic will depend on the exact time when the public will begin to arrive.

There is likely to be no vehicle traffic on Broadway or seventh avenue Starting around 3:00 p.m. Vehicles will have difficulty crossing downtown above 42nd Street and north to 59th Street after or before 3:00 p.m.

If you plan to visit Times Square and join in the festivities, it is recommended that you enter from Sixth or Eighth Avenue. The quicker you get there, the better your chances of getting a vantage point near the ball. Blocks will be closed as they fill northbound, street by street, as deemed necessary by the police.

Pedestrian access points to enter viewing areas:

South of 41st Street:

North of 43rd Street:

  • from Sixth and Eighth Avenues 49
  • from sixth and eighth avenues 52
  • from Sixth and Eighth Avenues 56

Pedestrians and the general public may not cross northbound, southbound, or cross intersections within the affected area.

Where does the ball fall from? Where’s the best place to watch it?

Times Square New Year’s Eve descends from a flagpole at the top of Area One Times Square. It can be seen along Broadway from 43rd Street to 50th Street and north along Seventh Avenue to 59th Street.

The sound system is set up in the Bowery area (where Broadway and Seventh Avenue intersect), and video screens are easily visible at One Times Square (where the ball is dropped). Additional screens have been installed throughout the event.

Which items are allowed and which are not?

To get started, bundle up and prepare for freezing. Remember that you may be spending extended periods of time outside in potentially sub-zero conditions. It should be well prepared and well insulated. Lots of layers, synthetic materials, wind- and water-resistant outerwear, and a good hat are the keys to staying warm. Please note that all bags will be searched.

  • Items that are not allowed:
    • Bag
    • big bags
    • umbrella
    • garden chairs or other folding chairs
    • picnic blanket
    • large fridge
    • alcohol

Finally, remember to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Drinking in public is illegal in New York City and police will confiscate alcohol. Plus, both caffeine and alcohol will dehydrate you. Dehydration is very common and can creep up on you when it’s cold.

Are there any designated areas for people with disabilities in Times Square? Will this include sign language interpreters?

Yes to both The designated viewing area is 44th Street and Broadway. You can get to the southwest corner of 44th and 6th Avenue. There will be an ASL interpreter for that visual field.

If you have any questions, please email info@timessquarenyc.org.

Will portable public toilets be available?

There will be no portable toilets in Times Square during the festival.

What is the history of New Year’s celebration in Times Square?

People have been celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square since 1904.

The first celebration of the descent of the sphere took place in 1907, and the tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year.

How much confetti is thrown in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

Typically, over 1 ton of confetti is dropped in Times Square to celebrate the New Year.

Where can I find more information?

Visit here for more details.

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