After great build up and anticipation, the holiday season comes and goes in a flash and it’s almost time to celebrate a whole new year. For some, that means thinking about their new years resolution and what they’ll do different for the next year to come. For all those other people, what they have on their minds are champagne toasts, noisemakers and midnight kisses. The most famous place to celebrate new year’s eve, is New York City.
As the new year approaches, the city starts preparing for its annual Times Square celebration. This is one of the biggest new year’s eve attractions in the world. Over one million people are either crowded around Times Square watching the ball drop at the scene, or watching this on television yelling the most famous new year’s countdown in the world. “I like the idea of the ball drop because its what you are counting down the seconds for,” Melissa Mirkin, University of Massachusetts Amherst, senior psych major, said.
Even though this is one of the most famous attractions in the world, it is also the biggest tourist attraction in the world. “It was a mob scene down there. Tons of people, tons of different cultures and different languages. It was quiet interesting,” Shannon Mulhern, senior business administration major, said. Others might prefer staying away from Times Square because of the madness that comes with it on new year’s eve. For those that live in Manhattan, they are used to all this hype about the ball drop every year, that is no longer a big deal to them.
“I can understand why a lot of tourist like to spend their new year’s watching it but when you live close by Times Square, it is something that you experience on a regular occasion so the appeal of seeing a ball drop for new year’s isn’t as great,” Conor Trainor, former Cabrini College transfer student from Ireland, said. “It seems to me that it’s a huge fuss over nothing. I have had friends that went and they said it was impossible to move and once you’re in the main area you can’t move at all until after the ball drops. I am in no rush to go see it happen but now that I live in New York State I have plenty of opportunities to go see the ball drop in the years to come if I change my mind on wanting to experience it.”
For those that do not wish to go experience new years eve in Times Square and are 21 and up, going to some of the hottest bars and clubs in NYC is the thing to do. All the bars and clubs have drink specials for this happening night. Usually the specials are a six-hour open bar. Even though most of the places have the same drink special, what you are really paying for is the atmosphere, which can vary in price depending on the bar/club.
“For new years eve I went to a club called Greenhouse. I expected it to be everything that it was, insane, people screaming, jumping and kissing,” Mirkin said. “I wanted to go to New York City for new years eve because I wanted the crazy experience of being in a club with people my age, all wanting to have fun together in a loud and wild environment.”
If you plan on going to a bar/club in NYC, it is highly recommended to start saving up to pay for you’re ticket. All the bars/clubs that have the new year’s eve drink specials require that you buy your entrance ticket in advance. Depending on the type of place and atmosphere tickets can rage from $75 to $200. The longer you wait to buy your ticket, the higher the price will be.
“It was pretty expensive to get a ticket for a place in the city, but it is New York, one of the largest cities on earth so it’s always going to be expensive, but it was definitely worth the cost,” Danny Giametta, Towson University, senior mass communication major, said.
To celebrate a special new years eve that you have never experienced before, NYC is the place to be. Despite the crowds of people, everyone in the city comes with the same intensions for new year’s eve, celebrate it in one of the most phenomenal cities in the world with the special people in your life.