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Old Dec 21st 2005, 3:27 pm
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I have booked a trip to New York for New Years Eve, I have never been before and am taking my girlfriend there for a treat. I just wondered if there are any particular things that would be really worthwhile seeing whilst we are there?. I have been surfing around on the internet and obviously looking at Times Square but I am sure everyone will have an opinion and the most memorable things to see and do in the four short days we are there.

We are staying near Madison Square Garden!

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Old Dec 21st 2005, 3:29 pm
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Not in the Hotel Pennsylvannia I hope!
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Don't plan on taking the subway!
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Not in the Hotel Pennsylvannia I hope!
No nearly though, is it that bad then?
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No nearly though, is it that bad then?
Thank goodness you didn't pick that one. Horrid hotel. Make the mistake of picking that for my parents for one night. Hotel is very run down and the plumbing very questionable. Put it this way, things that go down the toilet come back up into the bath!!!! Plus 2 women are sueing as they got bed bugs!

See this article: http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/12/01/bedbug.suit.ap/

All this nastiness aside, you picked a good area. You are well located for the subways (which must be running by new year!!) and for theatre, shopping etc.

Enjoy!
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Stay clear of Time Square. If you want to be in the square itself you need to be their by around 16:00. I'm opting for dinner in a nice restaurant followed by Midnight festivities in my local pub.

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Times Square is just a zoo at New Year's....done it once and never again....it's absolutely *freezing* and the ball drop was a disappointment. Ironically my husband works in Times Square on the 23rd floor of his building and until recently his desk actually faced directly where the ball drops just a few yards away. Unfortunately the building security staff have a lock-down on Dec 31st so employees can't get in to watch it in the warmth!

You might enjoy ice-skating in the open-air.....last night my husband and daughter skated in Bryant Park, just two blocks east of Times Square, next to the NYC public library between Fifth & Sixth Avenues:

http://manhattan.about.com/od/govern...skatingnyc.htm

Brooklyn is probably your best bet for the fireworks, but there will be some in Central Park at midnight for the NY Road Runners Club....they have a four-mile fun race (which my husband wants to do):

http://www.nyrr.org/race/2005/r1231x00.php
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Times Square is just a zoo at New Year's....done it once and never again....it's absolutely *freezing* and the ball drop was a disappointment. Ironically my husband works in Times Square on the 23rd floor of his building and until recently his desk actually faced directly where the ball drops just a few yards away. Unfortunately the building security staff have a lock-down on Dec 31st so employees can't get in to watch it in the warmth!

You might enjoy ice-skating in the open-air.....last night my husband and daughter skated in Bryant Park, just two blocks east of Times Square, next to the NYC public library between Fifth & Sixth Avenues:

http://manhattan.about.com/od/govern...skatingnyc.htm

Brooklyn is probably your best bet for the fireworks, but there will be some in Central Park at midnight for the NY Road Runners Club....they have a four-mile fun race (which my husband wants to do):

http://www.nyrr.org/race/2005/r1231x00.php
Thanks for the kind reply's and also the links. That gives us a little more to think about - might pass on the actual race though :scared:
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