Whether you're a New Yorker or visiting from out of town, we all know that one person in every group who is embarrassing to be around on a night on the town. So, if you know who this person is already or, better yet, if you have an idea that YOU might be this person, you should take note of our Top 10 ways to avoid being the New Year's Idiot.
1. Don't be the one managing everyone else's time for them. No one likes an OCD trip planner on New Year's Eve. Roll with the flow and don't make your friends mad at you.
2. That velvet suit you bought looks horrible on you. There's no need to wear it and we don't even know why you bought it. Either take it back and get your money back or leave it at home. Your friends will leave you.
The Gates. Exclusive. Uptight. One time leader of The Velvet Rope. Closed. The doors to this legendary nightclub have finally shut for the final time, leaving a legacy of upset guests, disappointing member 'benefits' and overzealous door people out to find another venue to take over.
The 24 year old son of composer Joseph Brooks is being questioned regarding this morning's murder of an unidentified woman in the Meatpacking District's landmark hotel, SoHo House. The woman was discovered lifeless in a bathtub in one of the hotel's upper floors. With no apparent trauma, the woman was said to have checked in with the younger Brooks yesterday evening. Brooks paid for the room for the young woman. Police were called after hotel guests on the floor below reported water leaking through the ceiling from the bathtub she was found in by staff.
Times Square. The Crossroads of the World. 42nd Street and Broadway. Midtown Manhattan. Whatever you want to call it, it's where everyone coming to New York City has to go. Before the Statue of Liberty, before the Stock Exchange, New Yorkers avoid it like the plague and tourists flock to its pedestrian-friendly esplanades adorned by five story jumbo trons. This is the place to be on New Year's Eve, of course.
No doubt it's going to be cold. And maybe even a little wet. So, let us give you the New Yorker's guide on where to go to get out of the elements and away from the masses of people, if only just for a few minutes.
The New York City Subway. You've seen it on TV and heard urban myths about the creepy people who hang out underground in the city. Don't be afraid though, our subway is the best way to get around New York, and the safest. No matter where you are on New Year's Eve, there are only a few rules and a few ways to go.
Here's how it works...
First things first, get your MetroCard from any station. The best way to go is a day pass, just be careful, they end at midnight so you may have to get another one if you plan on hopping the train back to your hotel at the end of the night.
New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we start with the letter 'A.'
A is For A-List
Check out Joonbug's very own Jon Gabel on this morning's edition of Good Day New York. Jon gives you the insider's guide on New Year's Eve and where you need to be when the ball drops in Times Square!
I feel something different about the holiday season every year. Perhaps it's because I'm getting older and time seems to transition more quickly with each passing season. Fall turns into winter and spring into summer almost before I get used to whatever season it was before. But I always know when it's Christmas time in New York.
It has a certain smell to it. It's the chestnuts sizzling and popping on 33rd Street as you get closer to Macy's and Herald Square coming up Sixth Avenue. It's Bergdorf's windows on 59th Street as you dodge the rows of tourists hurtling down 5th Avenue glaring at their fold out maps. It has a renaissance look to it, one of days gone by, of the mad dash home at Grand Central on Christmas Eve to make it back to a family dinner before the last train heads north. In Central Park there is a man playing Silver Bells on a saxophone as his shadow flickers on the path under the old footbridge near The Pond. In Harlem you can faintly hear the echo of the Hallelujah Chorus from St. John The Divine. There is a glorious symmetry to it all, the whole affair seeming rehearsed, from parades to evening dinners with friends, to a shimmering walk under the black street lamps in the West Village. New York, you see, is Christmas. It has been for generations.
You've seen her on High Society and around New York City. Now you get your once in a lifetime chance to see Tinsely Mortimer up close and personal at Pier 92 on Halloween Eve. As Joonbug hosts the largest Halloween party in NYC, Tinsley Mortimer shares a little bit about her Halloween favorites to give you a sneak preview of the night.
Who is your favorite movie villain and why?If you had to pick one of the seven dwarfs to dress up as for Halloween which one would you choose and why?