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new year's eve

Once upon a time New Year's Eve was the most anticipated night of my social calendar. I was young and single and living in New York City and had friends who lived right in the heart of Times Square. Living on 43rd Street left you fighting with tourists all year long, but come December 31st, it was the best location in town.

Our friends held a party each year, with way too many people jammed into a way too small apartment. One million people come to Times Square each New Year's Eve, and it was always tricky fighting your way through the snow and the barricades and the crowds to get to the party (in heels, no less!). We found that carrying your invitation with you helped, so you could hold it up to a kind policeman and beg to be allowed to cross Broadway.

A little before midnight we'd all head up the stairs to the rooftop of the building, where the ball loomed bright and beautiful across the street, and count down the new year along with the huge crowd gathered below. It was loud, and crazy, and when the confetti exploded.. downright magical.

Photo from The New York Times via The Craft Dept.

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Ah. No matter how you got to see the ball drop in person, a NYC New Year's Eve experience will never be topped or forgotten.

Holidays after living in NY always see so much less exciting somehow.

12.31.2010 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Perhaps it should be on everyone's THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE list. Oh to be young and energetic!

01.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Vater

This is the best post I've read all year.

Ok, jokes aside, I really enjoyed reading this. It made me fuzzy inside, with a little warmth, too.

01.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

That sounds like the most wonderful way to spend the holiday. I agree; it does sound magical!

01.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline C

Oh my, you don't mean Lilian Hough's apartment do you?? I have the same memories of fighting the crowds, showing the invite to the police, watching the people down in times square and standing on the roof top. What great memories from NYC!

01.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

We spent our new years eve with a total of 10 adults, and 9 (very little) children. It actually played out quite well, the older kids held out until midnight where in true German fashion, we lit of -tons- of -big- fireworks and sparklers in the street with neighbors.

Laura in Ludwigsburg

01.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

Sounds absolutely fantastic! I dream to spend a New Year's Eve the exact same way you just described! Maybe one day!

02.28.2015 | Unregistered CommenterEM75

Great Post

06.29.2016 | Unregistered CommenterAkshay

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