We were relaxing in the hotel and getting ready for a long night at Times Square. If you’re going to try and see the ball drop for NYE you need to be prepared for a long day, especially if you want to be up close to all the action with the cool kids. Times Square starts filling up around noon and when each section is filled the NYPD will block off a section of the street. Once you’re in, you’re in—think of a heard of corralled cattle. If you leave to go eat or use the restroom you lose your spot. The surrounding restaurants will sell party passes that you can purchase to stay around Times Square, however we’re not loaded and we stopped keeping up with the Joneses a few years ago. Instead we opted to eat dinner at McHale’s Irish Pub at 5pm. We hung out until around 8pm when the restaurant started to fill up. From there we had to travel up to 52nd street and enter the party pens, that is what I called them at least. The NYPD keeps everyone behind barricades during the celebration for the anticipated ball drop. As the closer pens clear out from people succumbing to their needs and finding a restroom or a drink they will allow partiers to go from pen to pen making their way closer to Times Square. By the time the ball dropped Lisa and I had made our way to 49th Street. Keep in mind the ball drops at 45th. Even though we were four NYC blocks from Times Square we could still see the ball. It is surprisingly small when you see it in person. Almost immediately after midnight the crowds disappear and we were no exception. I think we were asleep by midnight 30.
The next morning we woke up, grabbed breakfast at the hotel and drove out of town. We drove by Times Square on the way out of the Lincoln Tunnel back to North Carolina. The drive out of NYC at 7 am on January first was great. There were only a few cabs driving around, as opposed to the bumper to bumper traffic we had going into the city.
We enjoyed the NYC trip and can’t wait to go back on our sailboat to see it all from the water. We didn’t get to see everything since there is so much to offer, but we’ll be back someday. The traffic is horrible nearly any time of day, except early on 01 January. The subway was a great way to get around town. We bought a couple passes with $20 on them. Each trip runs $2.75 so it was more than enough for us to get around town and see the sites during our three day trip. If you pick up a subway map it’s pretty easy to figure out the system and plan where to transfer trains. I thought it would be cheaper to drive and it was, just not as much as I thought it would be. Parking was $42 a day at the hotel. We paid around $60 in tolls to get from North Carolina to NYC and back. Airline tickets for 2 would have been about double what we paid to drive round trip and I wouldn’t have to sit in the car for a full day each way. Live and learn I guess.
You can check out a little video of our time in NYC here.