NYC for the Holidays

Avenue Queue

by David Sokol

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  • Destination: New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square
    Times Square, 212-768-1560, Manhattan
    Alternative: Prospect Park Midnight Fireworks
    Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
    The obstacles may be numerous—ranging from low temperatures to prohibited bags and bathroom breaks—yet every December 31 as many as 1 million people descend on Times Square to fete its crystal ball and ring in the New Year. Revelers are rewarded for their patience with live performances and group activities. For the 999 million other people who would rather watch the spectacle on television, however, consider a live-action alternative at Prospect Park, where New Year's Eve fireworks have been taking off for more than 30 years. Entertainment and cocoa are doled out in Grand Army Plaza. Prime spots beyond the plaza include West Drive in Prospect Park and along Prospect Park West between the plaza and Ninth Street.

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