There’s just hours left until 2016 is here, and if you’re heading into New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop, we have some tips for you! Get the scoop on everything going down at the biggest NYE party in the world right here.
It can be stressful heading into a crowded New York City to witness the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, so here at HollywoodLife.com, we’re hoping to make your lives a little easier. We have the answers to all your burning questions about when you should arrive, where you can eat, the bathroom situation, and so much more!
The Times Square party doesn’t officially begin until 6:00 p.m., but it’s suggested that people start arriving before that, closer to 3:00 p.m. By 3, most of Times Square (42nd – 47th streets between Broadway and 7th Ave.) has been closed to traffic, and the NYPD begins to direct viewers on where to stand. Our best advice to you, though? GET THERE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE!
As for the prime locations to watch the whole show go down, the ball drop can be best seen on Broadway between 43rd and 50th street, and on 7th Ave. as far uptown as 59th street! The earlier you arrive, though, the closer you’ll be to front-and-center of the action, where you can easily see everything going on.
Here’s something very important you should know: There are NO portable restrooms in the area during the New Year’s Eve celebration! Of course, there are tons of restaurants and shops nearby, but it’s likely you’ll have to be a customer in order to use those facilities. You’ll definitely want to plan ahead on this one!
Times Square will also NOT have additional food vendors set up just for this celebration, so bring some snacks with you, or plan on eating beforehand. All the restaurants in this area are sure to be packed on New Year’s Eve, so make sure you call ahead and double check that you’ll be able to get a seat. (CHECK OUT A RESTAURANT GUIDE RIGHT HERE).
Other important things to know — attending the event does NOT require a ticket. Just show up and enjoy, but remember, the later you arrive, the worse your chances are for having a good view of the action. And even though it’s been a mild winter — and is expected to stay on the warmer side today — make sure to dress warmly…you never know how much the temperature can drop at night!
If you are attending this huge event, there is a ton of entertainment in store for you. Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve broadcasts live from Times Square, and this year, Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy are hosting once again. There will be performances from Daya, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood, among many other fun attractions. (CHECK OUT A FULL SCHEDULE HERE). We’ll be looking for you on TV, HollywoodLifers!
HollywoodLifers, tell us: Will you be hitting Times Square for New Year’s Eve?!