NYC ...My Empire State of Mind

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    Dec 09, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    Hey guys so I am going to NYC! I have never been anywhere north past Virginia, so I am really excited about this. This was my last year's New Years resolution that I made to myself about celebrating the New Year in NYC and watching the ball drop live for the first time. It's significant because its a way for me to close a chapter of my life and looking forward to the next. What I was wondering what places should I see when I am there, where are some great hang out spots, restaurants, you name it any help is appreciated!
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    Dec 09, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    You are hot.

    Anyway, almost everywhere in NYC (Manhattan) is a place to see. The city is so fascinating. I've been warned that the ball drop in Times Square though is too crowded.
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    Dec 09, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    You might need plenty of luck securing a spot to watch the ball drop live given security so preplan and do your homework to avoid being disappointed.

    Twenty years ago you had to arrive at least five hours early and if you thought you were being clever by getting off the subway at the 42nd Street station cops would intercept you and reroute you to walk several blocks west and fifteen blocks north; now the sparser televised crowd looks so orderly and similarly equipped with hats, etc. that I suspect that there's a quota and each and every one who makes it did so by registering and reserving the privilege in advance.

    Ten years ago I worked on Times Square and the view from my desk out my office window looked out onto a roof and flagpole that other than seeming so close that you could touch them were so innocuous I'd have to tell visitors that it was where the ball dropped. The only night of the year I couldn't work late was New Years Eve because building security cleared us out early. If they didn't, can you imagine the parties we'd have held? What I always found most interesting would be walking to the office every December 31st morning and watching oblivious (or jaded) pedestrian hordes sidestep, walk around, ignore and otherwise miss the significance of a giant number 2 standing unattended on the sidewalk, waiting to be hoisted up onto the roof as part of the year that flashes once the ball drops. Only In New York!
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    lol.. Thanks JAKEBENSON.. and wow so you have register to be in time square for new years?..Thats crazy.
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    Hey Takedown....even though I live in Orlando, NYC is MY theme park!!

    Everything about the city is unique and wonderful. Do find time to at least visit a couple of the other boroughs, especially Brooklyn. You will notice right away the "neighborhood" feel Brooklyn gives off as opposed to being in "the city" like Manhattan.

    Do everything you want, but I have to give you two of my favorites here:

    1. You get a great feel for the city and learn lots if you take the Circle Line Cruise down the Hudson and up the East River. Just use your favorite search engine and go to Circle Line Cruises for the tour that works best for you.

    2. NYC has many, many wonderful restaurants. My most memorable NYC meal was at 44 Southwest in Hell's Kitchen. It is on the corner of 44th and 9th Street, close to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

    Hey....need a guide??? I'll be happy to volunteer!!!
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
    I was in Times Square for the ball drop in 1999 and it was crazy. We had to arrive 8 hours before midnight to secure a place to see the ball drop and it was barricaded and the police wouldn't let you back in if you left. So, basically, you couldn't get anything to eat, go to the bathroom, etc. for 8 hours. Plus, you were packed in like sardines so could only stand in one place. Actually, kind of torturous. However, the ten seconds to midnight and the 5 minutes or so afterward was truly worth the 8 hours of agony. Pure ecstasy. I hear childbirth is similar. Not sure if it's that way every year. They may have been extra strict that year due to all of the Y2K thing. Have fun!
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    Dec 10, 2010 9:29 AM GMT
    I'm going to NY for NYE too and decided not to do the Times Square thing, due to what muscles4muscles has said - you have to arrive so early and get stuck in one place for hours in the cold. Not my idea of fun! So looking for alternatives to do.
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    Dec 10, 2010 9:32 AM GMT
    for you guys that want to see with comfort there is a lounge called Ava lounge that is on a rooftop!!! You can see almost everything.... I have no idea how much they are charging this year but you can check...
    Very nice place... (normally).
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    Dec 10, 2010 9:48 AM GMT
    Have fun whatever you do and don't forget to take clean underwear. And don't spend all your money, make sure you save some to take back home. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 01, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    BUMP for New Year's Eve. To all those folk wishing they were in Times Square for the ball drop this year, be happy wherever you are! Happy New Year!