When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, the most exciting place to be is New York’s Times Square. There is no better way to ring in the New Year than watching the ball drop live amongst one million people in the heart of New York City.
The New Year’s Time Square tradition dates back to 1904. Beginning as a celebration of The New York Times, the owner, Adolph Ochs, put together a fabulous street-festival which included fireworks to celebrate the new home of the publication. Over the years, this festivity has evolved resulting in Times Square now being the ultimate place to celebrate the New Year in NYC.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square is exhilarating. There are live performances, celebrity guests, and of course a giant crystal ball that begins it’s decent one minute to midnight. Past musical guests have included Fergie, Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, and the Pussycat Dolls. The Times Square ball, which originated in 1906 when fireworks were banned from the New Year’s Eve celebration, is currently twelve feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. It is covered in Waterford Crystals and is conveniently located on top of the New York Times building at One Times Square.
If you are going to Times Square on New Years Eve 2010, be sure to get there early, since it gets very crowded. Due to the large number of people who will be present in Times Square, it is recommended that the best way to travel is via public transportation. Train schedules may be running differently for the night, so be sure to check out www.mta.info for more information. Public drinking is prohibited, however there are numerous restaurants and bars surrounding Times Square where you can enjoy a cold one, along with some great food.
Spending your New Year’s Eve in Times Square will surely be a night to remember. With one million attendees and one billion television viewers, there is no doubt that Times Square is the perfect place to bring in the New Year!
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