Would you ever go to Times Square to bring in the New Year?

United States
December 31, 2006 4:36pm CST
Hundreds of thousands of revelers are expected to flood Times Square on Sunday evening for to bring in the new year. Has anyone every watched the ball drop in Times Square? Would you be concerned about something bad happening? I personally would never want to be around that many people no matter what the event was. What's your opinion? Lloyd
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@JC1969 (1226)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I'm a born and raised New Yorker, and have been to Time Square numerous times on New Years eve, though not in quite a few years. My family is stationed overseas, and what I have learned is that bad things happen no matter where you go. So, do we walk through life being paranoid, or do we just live life being a bit more aware of our surroundings? I choose the latter. You ever go to six flags (Great adventure) on a hot and crowded summer day, have you ever been to Disney World during the peak of tourist season, do you go to sporting events and concerts? These are all big crowd draw ins and potential attractions for someone who wants to do something 'bad'. Better chance for these smaller venues and events to have less monitoring and more security holes, then like Times Square on New Year's Eve. Sure, there are less people attending these events compared to New Year's Eve in Times Square, but I'd be more leary about a smaller event having more chances of something potentially bad happening, because those who would want to do something 'bad' would realize that a big event like New Year's Eve in Times Square would have had lots of security and would be highly monitored. Be cautious--not paranoid.
• United States
11 Feb 07
You are right. Bad things happen, no matter where you go. I just can't imagine being around so many people on a cold night like New Years Eve. Lloyd
@puma_nz (1001)
• New Zealand
31 Dec 06
Hi Lloyd.. I dont think Id go to Times Square for that. Imagine how many people will be there, Most Drunk and disorderly! I couldnt handle that.. Luckily we celebrated our New Years lastnight and it was awesome!! It will never be as big as what other countries get but it was just perfect for us.
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• United States
31 Dec 06
I don't think drunk and disorderly behavior is tolerated on New Years eve at Times Square. The New York police department's presence is overwhelming. Plus people in general aren't putting up with that kind of behavior any more.
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Nope, I don't think I would ever want to go to Times Square for New Years. It's far too crowded, and I'm not that big on crowds. It also dosen't seem very safe. I'd rather be home with friends, inside, and warm. It's always FREEZING outside on New years!
• United States
12 Feb 07
That's the same way I feel. Too many people, too crowded and a situation that's looking for trouble. Lloyd
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
11 Feb 07
I prefer to stay home, watch it on tv, nice and warm, have some munchies and stay safe.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I've done the same thing for the last few years. There is just too much that can go wrong on that particular evening. Lloyd
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
4 Jan 07
No and I wouldn't. My brother got stuck there once. He drove up with his girl friend to attend a party in Manhattan. They had a fight and he stormed out and left her at the party. Then he went to Times Square and got his wallet picked. He went pack to the party and made up.(LOL)
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• United States
4 Jan 07
Wow. After a night like that I would have seconds thoughts myself. I hope he is doing ok now.
@disvachic (10123)
• United States
4 Jan 07
New years eve i had to work.I watched the ball drop on tv.I dont know maybe one day i would like to go there in person to see but for right now,nah i dont think so.
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@doniker (493)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I live in Cleveland Ohio and I'm sure this would be fun, as would events like Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl. Hopefully someday I will do these things...maybe after I make my first million..
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• Canada
31 Dec 06
I love New York City and have been fortunate to go there a few times both for leisure and business. It's a fun place and I don't feel insecure there at all. In fact, the last time I was in Manhattan, I was on business, staying at a hotel alone. I went walking for exercise each morning and also walked to and from the building for my meetings with no concern at all. HOWEVER... New Year's Eve is a completely different scenario. I think it would be a LOT of fun but, like you lloyd, it would just be too many people. I like watching the ball drop from the comfort of my own living room :) Not to mention that it's impossible to find an affordable hotel room anywhere even remotely close. I've heard the rates go through the roof!
• United States
31 Dec 06
New York as a whole is much more safer than it was in the past. I went to Harlem for the viewingof James Brown at the Apollo on Thursday. But to be caged in with that many people in Times Square is a little too much more me. It seems like the slightes mishap could set off a series of events leading to a stampede. I'm gonna watch the ball drop from the comfort of my home also. Happy New Years to everyone. Lloyd
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
11 Feb 07
whoops, I meant to make this a comment to response #3.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
20 Sep 08
I would like to be there, but it is a dream that may never happen. I always wanted to welcome the New York at Times Square, but I want to be at front. I do not care much for crowds, but for being in Times Square for New Years, I will make an exception. I would not think of anything bad happening. That ball has not crushed anyone has it?
• United States
27 Sep 08
Why do you say it's a dream that may never happen? 2009 is right around the corner. Maybe you can start making plans now. You'd have to get there very early to get a front seat. I don't think I'd even make an exception for New Years to be in a crowd like that. Just too many people for my liking. Lloyd
@soooobored (1187)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I remember hearing once that the New Year's Eve in Times Square is the number one market for adult diapers in the country. So I think that it is almost certain something bad will happen!! I'm not concerned about terrorism or anything like that, if that's what you're asking. But I can get really panicky in crowds, loud drunken crowds are even worse. So no, I wouldn't go. From everyone I know that used to go to Times Square to ring in the New Year, it's not worth the time!
• United States
27 Sep 08
I wonder why New Year's Eve in Times Square is the number one market for adult diapers in the country. Is it because of all the drinking that goes on? I don't like being in huge crowds like that. Anything can happen up to being caught in a stampede. I'd rather watch it from home. Like you, it's not worth the time or effort. Lloyd
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Being tired of politics right now I browsed through your old discussions and thought I revive this one;) I don't like major crowds. There is usually something bad that could happen. I'm short, I always feel squashed anyway. I can only imagine how I would feel on Times Square when those people stand shoulder to shoulder. I would only go, if it would be with a bigger group of friends. My friends know about my dilemma and always see to it that I'm in the middle of them so I have some breathing room;)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I'm also tired of politics right now. That's why I haven't even started or replied to any discussions this week. With less than fifty days left before the election, I think we all know who we are going to vote for. I'm just ready to make my choice. I'm glad you revived this old discussion. More than ever I'm afraid of major crowds. You never know what just might happen. Over the past few weeks people have been radomly attacked in subways nearby in Philadelphia. I also get a little paronoid when I see Barack Obama go into crowds and shake hands with his supporters. I hope nothing ever happens. I quietly bring in the New Year with a few friends and family. That's good enough for me. Thank you for changing the subject here at myLot. It was a welcomed change. Lloyd
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
12 Feb 07
This is easy for me. I would never want to go to Times Square for New Years. First of all, I hate crowds. I am short so a lot of people's elbows can be at eye level or worse for me. I also get nervous when I can't see where I'm going. Also, I think the cold would bother me. I'd rather be home, or maybe in an apartment that let's me look down into the festivities. When it comes to big celebrations, I can be a real homebody.
• United States
12 Feb 07
Wow. You have more reasons than anyone yet not to go to Times Square. I never thought about the being short angle. The cold would definately bother me too. Lloyd
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I wouldn't dot it but my brother did on one memorable New Years eve. Actually, he went to NYC for a party with his finacee and she drove. At the party, they got into an argument and he stormed out and went to Times Square. After the ball dropped, he realized that he no longer had a wallet. His pocket had been picked. So, feeling like a real rube, he went back to the party, made up with the finacee and got a ride home.
• United States
11 Feb 07
That is one memorable New Years eve. Here is a tip for men with wallets. This applies to anywhere where you might be in a large crowd. Put your wallet in your front pocket. I was in a tight crowd when I went to James Brown's viewing in New York. It was so tightly packed waiting in line, I wasn't even able to reach into my back pocket to feel if my wallet was still there. Fortuanately it was still there when I reached the front of the line. But I was worrying the whole time. Lloyd