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To kick off the New Year, writer Carlos Herrera traveled to the Big Apple to experience the famous ball drop celebration in Times Square. Throughout the city there was a palpable anticipation for the countdown to the beginning of the New Year.
Text by: Carlos Herrera      Country: United States

ew York City, the Big Apple, the Melting Pot, the Fashion Capital, Gotham City, Empire City. However you are acquainted with it, millions come from all over the world to see all the city has to offer. From the museums, to the monuments, to the famous subways, to the Broadway shows, to just walking the city’s famous streets – New York City truly is the city that never sleeps. The source of countless songs, from Frank Sinatra to Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, New York City never stops being the subject of entertainment including movies and television shows, books and plays, and even comic books. New York offers something for everyone: people, food, history, and nightlife.

Needless to say, it is no surprise that New York offers some of the best winter holiday attractions. No other holiday is as synonymous with New York City as the New Years Eve events all over the island of Manhattan.

Tourists from all across the country and the globe flock to the bitter cold of New York City with the hope of catching a glimpse of the excitement at Times Square.

What was I to do? Where was I to go? I was like a kid lost in a candy store. How was I to choose from the array of exclusive parties happening all across Manhattan, and who could forget the famous Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve!

Who would pass up the famous midnight ball drop? People begin standing on the street, marking their spot amid the freezing cold of midday, and stand for hours on end just to catch a glimpse of the ball drop at midnight. Did I want that to be me? Would I sacrifice comfort for a glimpse of magic and take part in years of American tradition?

My excitement could not be contained! I still had a full day of sightseeing to do before I could even think of getting my best outfit on and walking out the door. Meanwhile, my surroundings were overflowing with reminders of the New Year’s Eve to come, from the street vendors selling ridiculously entertaining gadgets for the evening, to the hundreds of police officers setting up barricades all around Broadway and its neighboring streets.

After all the anticipation, the time finally came for me to put that outfit on. As I got ready and friends began to arrive, we talked about not knowing where the night would lead us. How were we to cope with the cold? Where would we end up? We had a couple of celebratory drinks in the warmth of the apartment and finally headed for the subway.

The subway, timely as ever, was filled with partygoers from all walks of life. They were bundled up in their best coats, glitter and sequins peeking out of girls’ jackets. Everyone was dressed to impress and ready for a good time.

As we made our way out of the subway, we prepared for the worst: densely packed crowds and an unbearable cold. Yet, to our surprise, the trek from the subway to the streets and through the party on Broadway was surprisingly easy to maneuver, just like any other day in New York.

All the while, I still had no idea what I was to expect and all I could feel was an anxious knot in my stomach – anticipation, and a sense of excitement.

The night went on, and people gathered chatting away, laughing, watching the entertainment around us of music and people dancing throughout the streets.

Then finally it was time for the famous countdown and ball drop. In my mind that moment could never end. The countdown began: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Well wishes from people all around me, some I had met and others were complete strangers. Regardless, one thing we shared: a feeling of excitement and unity, even if it was for just that one minute.

For that one minute, that small moment in time, I felt completely and utterly ecstatic and I would not have had it any other way. All the anticipation, the questions, and the uncertainty of the night were washed away and it proved to be the perfect way to ring in the New Year, with the perfect people, even if most of those people were complete strangers.


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New York offers something for everyone: people, food, history, and nightlife.

It also offers some of the best winter holiday attractions, such as the New Year’s Eve events all over the island of Manhattan. Tourists from all over the world come to the bitter cold of New York City, hoping to experience some of the excitement at Times Square.

I had a full day of sightseeing to do before I could even think of getting my best outfit on and walking out the door. My surroundings were full of reminders of the New Year’s Eve to come. There were street vendors selling ridiculous gadgets for the evening, and hundreds of police officers setting up barricades all around the streets.

The subway was filled with partygoers from all walks of life. Everyone was dressed to impress and ready for a good time.

Finally it was time for the famous countdown. In my mind, that moment could never end. The countdown began: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! There were well wishes from people all around me, some I had met and others were complete strangers. We all shared one thing: a feeling of excitement and unity.

For that one minute, that small moment in time, I felt completely happy. All the anticipation and the uncertainty of the night were washed away and it proved to be the perfect New Year’s Eve, with the perfect people, even if most of those people were complete strangers.

 

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