Spending New Year’s eve in Time Square has always been in my bucket list. I remember watching the ball drop on TV years ago when I was younger. I’ve always wondered how it felt like being there with all those people who looks so happy and ecstatic despite the freezing temperature. I wanted to be one of those people. I wanted to be a part of that crowd. Yes, I know it’s crazy because it’s definitely not fun to be standing out in the cold for hours just to watch some fancy ball drop while counting down the hours, minutes and seconds to welcome the New Year but my crazy self and my equally crazy better half “almost” crossed the Time Square New Year’s Eve experience in our bucket list when we braved the freezing cold temperature with 44MPH wind gusts 6 years ago. I remember my Mom and Dad calling us crazy for insisting to go but my Dad drove us to the train station that snowy New Year’s eve morning anyway :D. We were so excited that we didn’t mind wearing 5 layers of clothing and the possibility of getting stuck in New York because the weather didn’t faze us. We were two determined Southern California residents who wanted an experience of a lifetime. At least for us it was an experience of a lifetime. I really think everyone should experience it at least once. 😉
So our day started out really early. We were up around 5AM to get ready to head out by 7AM. My hubby and I wanted to explore the city first before heading to Time Square at 3PM. The train ride from New Haven, CT took two hours. We arrived in New York just before 11AM. It was snowing almost the entire time though it stopped for a bit when we just arrived in the city but continued throughout the day and finally stopped just before we headed to Time Square for the event. Being the tourists that we were, we made sure that we took lots of photos at every familiar spot. We’ve been to New York before with family but that was during the summer and it was both our first time visiting the city in winter so we wanted to savor the moment and have mementos of it. 😉
Prior to the event, we roamed around the city to check out some places we’ve always wanted to see. We wanted to go to Central Park and decided to take a walk instead of taking a cab. We made stops in between to check out some notable places in the city and of course took photos :D. Then as soon as we got to Central Park it started snowing. We didn’t care and continued our leisurely stroll in the park anyway. 😀 The snow eventually stopped and we were glad that it did. 😀
After Central Park we headed to Serendipity 3 only to get disappointed because there was a long line and we didn’t have any reservation which was required. This place is in our NYC bucket list because Serendipity is one of our all time favorite movies and there was a scene in the movie where John (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) were enjoying each other’s company while having some yummylicious dessert. We pictured ourselves doing the same thing 😀 but unfortunately that day wasn’t THE day! Hehehehe! We took our souvenir photo anyway and next time we will make sure that the photo is taken inside this sweet little place. 😉 Shortly after that we decided to grab lunch since we were both hungry and had two hours left before we head to Time Square for the New Year’s eve countdown.
Fast forward to Time Square.
Upon arrival at Time Square we noticed that there were fences setup on the street which served as a divider between crowds. There’s a designated area for the event and once you’re in, you’re in! So going to the restroom is a MUST beforehand because if you leave, you’ll lose your spot and you might end up somewhere where you can’t really see much of what’s going on. We were there by 3:30PM, half an hour after they started letting people in the area. We ended up on the third block which was a really great spot. 😀 All was fine and dandy until 3 hours later when I started shivering and the wind kept getting stronger. I wasn’t sure how much longer I can take the freezing cold temperature. My cheeks felt so puffy and swollen. I started to have a runny nose and the tip of it felt SO cold and a little numb. I braved it for another half an hour and finally gave up. I was disappointed at myself and I felt bad for my hubby because I know how much he wanted to experience the whole thing. We left and went inside a restaurant about a block away from our awesome spot. We ended up eating dinner there and was going to go back but changed our minds because it got even colder due to the strong wind. We were bummed out but made the most of it by walking around the city and checking out some spots we missed in the day because we didn’t have enough time. We watched people ice skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, admired the beautiful window displays at Macy’s and spent a good amount of time at Waldorf Astoria just people watching, listening to some holiday classics being played in the piano on the cocktail terrace of the lobby and most importantly staying warm :D. After our detour at Waldorf Astoria, we then headed to the train station in hopes that we could go home early just in time for midnight. While waiting to board the train, we met a lady who was also in Time Square earlier but decided to leave because she could no longer stand the freezing cold temperature. We were exhausted and were falling asleep while waiting for our ride. I looked around and thought to myself, “I don’t want to welcome the New Year here! We need to be somewhere with lots of happy and joyous people who are ecstatic to welcome the coming year!” Long story short, my hubby and I ended up at Annie Moore’s, a bar and restaurant near the station and welcomed the New Year with our puffy and swollen cheeks, runny nose but a smile in our faces 😉 :D. We were bummed that we missed the ball drop in Time Square but at least we weren’t too far away that we still got to enjoy the festivities, saw the countdown on TV while staying warm with a free champagne toast courtesy of the bar plus I also got to enjoy some Midori sour ;-).
On the train ride home, we said that we would never go back to Time Square for New Year’s eve again even though we missed the ball drop but recently we’ve been talking about giving it another shot in hopes that the weather is much more bearable next time so that we can fully enjoy the whole Time Square New Year’s Eve experience. 😀
Here are some photos from our freezing but fun New Year’s eve at the Big Apple. 😀