Visiting New York

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Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn to New York City. New Year's Eve at the symbolic Times Square has become more than just a celebration – it's a global tradition that each and everyone should live once in a life time. Since 1906, the ball dropping on top of One Times Square is a major component of the New Year celebration. As the famous New Year's Eve Ball comes down, an estimated one million people hold their breath in Times Square. So, if you are planning to join the festivities this week or next year, get there early and be prepared – you'll be tangled into barricaded areas. If you leave, you can't get back to where you were, so plan ahead. The electric atmosphere of the gathering is enough to outweigh the cold temperature of the night. To get warm, add a dash of champagne to a lot of laughs, and a huge firework display.If you don't fancy freezing on the street with tens of thousands of people, we recommend you book a restaurant or bar close to one of the firework locations and aim to finish in time to catch the pyrotechnics. The advantage of New York City on New Year's Eve is that you can celebrate everywhere. The traditional midnight fireworks are let off in Central Park, South Street, Seaport and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

Travel review

“Last year, I went to NYC in order to visit a friend during New Year’s Eve. As you can imagine, I attended the “ball dropping”.I was told by my friend that Times Square would be overcrowded. Indeed it was. Following his lead, we managed to hit the loos first. In fact, Port Authority bus terminal was a good place to stop before we began to wait in Times Square. We used the public toilets inside and there were places to buy food and drinks too. (located on 8th Avenue and 42nd Street). Bags and backpacks aren’t allowed, so wearing a coat with plenty of pockets is a good idea.Finally, midnight arrived, and the crowd held its breath...and cheered as the clocks struck twelve. Everybody hugged people around them, in a real state of joy and happiness. Moreover, there were mini-celebrations every hour in Times Square, as different countries welcomed the New Year around the world. Perfect to meet happy people.Considering the cold, the long wait, the massive crowd, I’d understand that some of you might not think it’s worthy, but I definitely recommend it. Meet you there next year!”

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The Dutch supposedly bought Manhattan from its Native American inhabitants for about $24 worth of trinkets.

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