New Years Eve in New York

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 24 November 2010

On 31 December 2010 hundreds of thousands of revelers will fill New York citys Times Square to watch the famous New Years Eve Ball descend from One Times Square and to celebrate the start of a new year. The 106-year-old tradition continues as friends and families gather to count down to 2011.

On the last day of each year, Times Square - the Crossroads of the World - becomes the focal point for millions of viewers across the globe, said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, New York citys official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. On New Years Eve the five boroughs come alive with celebrations, and we encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to ring out the old and ring in the new in New York city.

More than 100 million television viewers in the United States and more than 1 billion people worldwide are expected to watch the Times Square New Years Eve Ball Drop. The ball is a 12-foot geodesic sphere, weighing 11,875 pounds, covered in 2,668 Waterford crystals, powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights and capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors.

In the days and hours before the ball drops, events and activities related to the New Years celebration will be held across New York city, including:

New Years Eve Wishing Wall: Located at the Times Square Information Center, the wall is quickly filling with visitors wishes for 2011. Everyone is welcome to visit the wall and record their wishes on pieces of paper. Individuals not able to visit the Information Center can submit their wishes online at All of the wishes from the wall and submitted online will be collected and added to the confetti that flutters down onto the streets of Times Square at midnight on New Years Eve.

Good Riddance Day: On 28 December 2010, the Times Square Alliance invites the public to say goodbye and good riddance to their worst memory from 2010. Cintas Corporation will provide a large mobile shredder in Duffy Square to discard depressing memories so you can start fresh in 2011.

Staten Island Childrens Museum: From 13pm on New Years Eve, prepare for the nights festivities at the museum, where guests are invited to make their own noisemakers, hats and crowns. Admission is $6.

Hess Clydesdale Carriage Rides at the Bronx Zoo: From 26-31 December, the zoo offers wagon rides daily from 11:30am3:30pm. The zoos beloved Clydesdale horsesRanger, Jesse and Montywill delight both kids and adults. Rides start at Astor Court and cost $5.

Emerald Nuts Midnight Run: On New Years Eve, New York Road Runners hosts the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, a 4-mile race in Central Park. Before the race starts at midnight, enjoy a fireworks and laser-light show, dancing and a costume parade at the Central Park Bandshell.

New York Philharmonic: At 8pm at Avery Fisher Hall on New Years Eve, the New York Philharmonic presents an evening of music. Alan Gilbert will conduct the second act of Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker, his Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, and Piano Concerto No.1 featuring solo pianist Lang Lang.

Additional concerts on New Years Eve night include: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at the Best Buy Theater (formerly Nokia Theater), Patti Smith & Her Band will perform at the Bowery Ballroom, and The Roots will play three sets at the Brooklyn Bowl, which will remain open until 6am. All three shows begin at 8pm.

Grand Army Plaza: New Years Eve celebrations in Brooklyn kick off around 11pm with entertainment, hot refreshments and fireworks at the Grand Army Plaza. The best viewing locations for the fireworks are within Grand Army Plaza, along West Drive in Prospect Park, and along Prospect Park West between grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

Jamaica Performing Arts Center: At 9pm in Queens, the JPAC, housed in a renovated church, hosts a New Years Eve celebration with a DJ, a champagne toast at midnight, food, beverages and party favors for only $75.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises: is offering a New Years Eve party cruise including an open bar, hors doeuvres, DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The cruise sails from 10pm1am (boarding at 9pm) and tickets are $140 (must be 18 for the cruise and 21 to drink alcohol).

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