New Year’s Eve 2012 in New York City



New Year’s Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve is an exciting tome to be in New York City. There is the excitement of the ball being dropped in Times Square, there is Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, basketball at Madison Square Garden and Barclay center, Broadway shows, and the famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. How can we forget the fine restaurants, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, shopping and so much more. As you can see, thee is absolutely no place like New York City no matter what time of year, but even more so during the Christmas and New Year. This year promises to be bigger and better. So, let’s narrow it down for you by giving you more specific information on a few top events, how to get around, stay warm and be safe all at the same time. Ready?

Times Square

Times Square is the crosswords of New York city and indeed the world.  It is where Broadway, 42nd Street, and 7th Avenue all come together.  Several subway trains stop at Times Square and if you are going to see the ball drop, subway should be your mode of transportation.  Several trains including  A C E  N Q R S 1, 2,3, and 7 lines. You can truly get there from any of the five boroughs with ease. If you are visiting New York from another state or country, the newly renovated Times Square Museum and Visitors Center is a must see.  The center is located at 1560 Broadway, but the entrance is on 7th Avenue between 46th/47th Street.  You can also call them at 212-452-5283 for specific information regarding New Year’s Eve 2012 as well as theater discounted tickets.  It should be understood that if you are coming to New York and Times Square you need to bring your camera. If possible, also t with a small stool to sit on.

Times Square is a lot of fun and is always crowded, so be careful with your cameras, pocket books, wallets, and jewelery.  In Times Square you can do your shopping, find hotel accommodations,  get theater tickets, take pictures or just do people watching.  Whatever you do, it will be a lot of fun.  As this blog post is being written we are 4 days 11 hrs 55 mins and 10 secs away from the New Year 2013.  Places you can eat include Olive Gardens, Red Lobster, Bubba Gump to name a few.  Just around the corner is Dave and Buster’s, McDonalds, Coldstone Icecream, and many more awesome places to grab a bite or sit down and eat.

Other Attractions

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The most famous Christmas Tree in the world is located in New York City at the Rockefeller Center which is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza which is bounded by 5th/6th Avenues and 48-51st Streets.  The trees is an 80ft Norway spruce from Flanders, NJ, and it is lit with more than 30,000 LED lights.  At the top is a Swarovski star.  The  tree will be up until January 7, 2013.  There is always a crowd so earlier go early or late if you want to avoid the crowd.  While you are there, just step into the NBC Studios, shop at the stores in Rockefeller Plaza and go to the Top of the Rock for a breathtaking view of Manhattan.  The number to the Plaza is 212-588-8601.

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is amazing during this time of year.  There are shops, a skating rink, places to sit and sip hot chocolate, read, or just sit and talk with friends or strangers who might become friends.  Bryant Park is a fun place all year round, but in winter they have the skate rink and guess what, it is free.  Bryant Park is located next to the New York Public Library at 40th Street between 5th /6th avenues.  Just go by and have fun.

In my next post I will do FAO Schwartz, World Financial Center Garden of Lights, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. If you u  enjoyed this post or found it informative, please add your comments and please share via Twitter, Facebook and yes, the two of you on My Space- that’s fine too.

Rockefeller Center -Tree Lighting Ceremony 2012

Christmas in New York City

Hello world,

This is the first in a series of posts on the best places to visit and the special holiday events in New York City during the holidays and winter. Trust that you will not miss one post especially if you are planning a trip to New York. Tonight at 7pm the world’s most famous Christmas Tree will be lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. If yo are from out of state, please get there early so you can get a good spot. As expected, there is always a huge crowd.

Rockefeller Center is famous for many things New York. At the very top of the building you have Top of the Rock where yo get the most magnificent view of New York city. Inside Rockefeller Center there is also the famous NBC Studios (a daily tour is available) and several shops and restaurants. Of course, there is also the skating rink and not far away some really great stores.

Getting to Rockefeller Center is very simple if you take the subway. If you can get to Times Square you can walk over or you can take the B,D, and F trains to 47th Street Rockefeller Center. If you cannot make it tonight to the ceremony, the tree will be there until about January 7th or so. Try to get your picture before it starts drying up. If you follow me on Twitter you will see a photo by Friday the latest.
If you cannot attend – then watch it live on NBC – Channel 4.

Tomorrow I will write about Bryant Park, another must visit attraction when visiting New York at any time but especially in the winter.