Fall might be just starting, but, if you’re planning to go to Times Square to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2011 – 2012, now is the time to start planning. This series will cover everything from the most frequently asked questions to hotel information and even restaurants in the Times Square area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people will be from out of town and simply don’t know or aren’t sure how to get to Times Square. It’s actually very easy!
Q) Which Subway do I take to Times Square?
A) The following subways all can get you to Times Square 1, 2, 3, 7, A, B, C, D, E, F, N, Q, R, W, V and S
Q) Which streets will be closed?
A) In general, the police department will start shutting down streets around 3PM on New Year’s Eve. The normal procedure begins with the closing down West 43rd and Broadway around 3PM and then as crowds gather, the street closures move North. Street closures are done at the discretion of the New York City Police Department so times and streets vary year to year.
When to arrive, restrooms and other important information
Q) When should I arrive at Times Square?
A) Believe it or not some people arrive as early as noon. A full 12 hours before the ball drop. As the afternoon wears on, more and more people will be arriving, and, by 6PM the ball is hoisted into place, and, the streets will really begin to fill up. Please note if you are one of the super early birds, you may be asked to move by the Police Department so they can set up barricades. Please cooperate with them.
Q) Are restrooms available?
A) Unfortunately, no. What makes matters worse, once the barricades are up, if you leave, you leave for good. You will NOT be allowed back in. This will make for a very long evening if you don’t plan accordingly!
Q) May I bring champange or alcohol?
A) Again, no. Public drinking is illegal in New York City, and, it will be confiscated. Being ticketed is unlikely unless you are being unruly which may lead to your arrest. NYC takes safety seriously, so, don’t think you’ll be the exception to the rule.
Q) May I bring food?
A) Food vendors will not be allowed in the Times Square area during New Year’s Eve, and, bags and backpacks will NOT be permitted. There are many restaurants in the Times Square area that will be open, however, you will risk losing your spot if you decide to eat after 4PM or so. Again, plan accordingly.
Q) How do I get into Times Square once the barricades are up?
A) You will need to enter via Sixth or Eighth Avenues after a certain time of day, and, note that the Police Department has full control of all exits and entrances to Times Sqaure on New Year’s Eve. Also note that the 42nd Street Subway Station may be by-passed after 6PM for crowd control reasons. As New Year’s Eve draws closer the MTA will offer details and updates for 2011-2012
Q) Will I be safe? What type of security is provided?
A) You will be very safe! The police department will have full control of all entrances and exits to and from Times Square. Additionally no bags or backpacks will be allowed. Furthermore, there will be a heavy police presence in the crowds plus special personnel including counter-terrorism trained teams in place to ensure crowd control and overall safety. You will also see drug and bomb sniffing canine units throughout the area.