New Year's Eve, New York City

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    NYC Ball Drop - Countdown on Times Square

    by csordila Updated Dec 9, 2008

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    Celebrating the New Year in Times Square is a classic way to spend New Year's Eve. Times Square is not only the place to be on New Year's Eve, but the site of the Dropping the Ball tradition as well.
    An event where millions of people are waiting for watching the huge crystal ball, the symbol of the new year being lowered to the ground from the flagpole atop One Times Square.
    When you enter the area, you should cross the police checkpoints where all the items being considered dangerous will be taken from you. Then at 11:59 p.m., as the Ball begins to lower, all the people start the countdown the final seconds of the year.
    If you have a lot of money, you can also watch the ball drop in very elegant, comfortable surroundings from the top floor of the Marriott Hotel. The prices start in the near of U$1000.00 per couple.
    Most New Yorkers think of Ball Drop as one of the most boring, ugly public celebrations of the New Year in the world, however, visitors feel they have to go for the experience of "New Year in the capital of the Earth planet" at least once in their life.

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    New Year's Eve Times Square countdown

    by stmlnyc Written Oct 19, 2003
    New Year's Countdown in comfort

    Going to Times Square to ring in the New Year is a time-honored tradition but should be done just once. Being packed in a crowd of 1 million or so with the temperature usually freezing or below can't be too comfortable. Plus you have to consider the safety issue.

    It is an interesting experience and once the ball drops, the adventure really begins in trying to get back home and getting to a toilet.

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