We have spent 3 days in Wasington and on 31th of December we had our ticket back to NY at 4p.m. Being still in Washington at 11a.m. we received a call from our relatives in Moscow. Moscow was already prepared to open champagne and eat caviar, but we had still so much to do and to go back to NY.
We were to arrive in Penn Station, NY at 7p.m. Our goal was Times Square. But how can one go there with luggage? So, we went to our Gotham hotel to put our bags in the cloack room and made our way to Times Square.
Here I would like to notice how many people were already everywhere around Times Square at 7 p.m. Penn Station was so crowded that we spent no less than 15 minutes just buying Subway tickets. We also knew that at some point of time Subway trains just quit stopping in Times Square and neighbouring stations. Fortunately we managed to get off on the right station and arrived at our hotel and then quickly proceeded to Times Square where the most interesting was about to start.
Times square is the main point where people gather for count down to welcome new year. This year, thousands of people have gathered at New York Times Square to celebrate New Year Eve 2013 with full joy. Some even speculated that there were one million people in Times square! Many couples were also present there to welcome new year 2013 with happiness and kisses.
But not everyone willing to see this show ectually managed to do it, especially those who arrived like we did at 8 p.m. Revelers began arriving early, and by 3:00 PM the main area of Times Square was already filled. The ceremony began at 6:00 PM, which is when the New Year´s Eve Ball was raised. Free hats, balloons, scarfes and other items were distributed to the attendees. The hourly countdowns began starting at 7:00 PM.
This year some of the biggest names in the music industry attended the event, including Psy, Neon Trees, Taylor Swift, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Brandy, One Republic, Carly Rae Jepsen, Karmin, and Fergie.
Raad and I, we were especially excited to see and listen to Psy and his "Gangam Style". Due to the incredible global response of "Gangnam Style," Psy was no doubt the biggest breakout star of 2012. His success has allowed him to rub shoulders with some of the hottest names in the entertainment industry, sports stars, and even two of the most powerful men in the world: U.S. President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It is not a secret that he has over a billion views on YouTube. Thus it became the most watched YouTube video in history, ever! Psy was dressed as in the video of Gangnam Style during his performance, sending hundreds of thousands of fans into an ecstatic mood.
And after it he announced, “Today is my birthday!” And hundreds of thousands of fans crowded at Times Square, shouting “Happy Birthday to You, PSY!” gave him the most memorable and precious present in his life on New Year’s Eve.
Except celebrities, people were also eager to see the Ball Drop. This year's crystal ball was covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and illuminated by more than 32,000 LEDs in red, blue, green and white. One crystal panel was engraved with the name of longtime host Dick Clark, who died in April at the age of 82.
At 11:59 PM the illuminated Waterford Crystal New Year´s Eve Ball began its descent at One Times Square as people joined in on the countdown to the New Year. The giant ball descended as people counted down the last 60 seconds in 2012. Then the lights on the ball were turned off and the year 2013 was seen in lights high up in Times Square.
For the best views, head over to Broadway, anywhere between 43rd Street to 50th Street or along Seventh Avenue up to 59th Street. You’ll want to arrive early for the best views. There are also always large screens set up at various locations so that you’ll also be able to see the ball in various other locations by video.
The fact that reaching Times Square wouldn't be such an easy thing was clear still in the Subway on our way to hotel. For the security reasons there are plenty of restictions in NY on New Year's Eve. Security in the Subway, in Times Square and around it was really tight. Police used barriers to prevent overcrowding and checkpoints to inspect vehicles and check handbags. Alcohol was banned. Police used bomb-sniffing dogs and heavily armed counter-terrorism teams. NYPD helicopters kept an eye on the crowd as well. It may sound strange for those who never was squezed by the uncontrolled crowd, but I can say that they have done a great job. That night I felt safe like never before.
When the clock strook twelve, people embraced and kissed in a blizzard of colorful confetti and a pyrotechnics display lighted up the skies. An impressive one ton of confetti was dropped from the rooftops of buildings throughout the area.
You think that is all? No way. The mega-party always ends up with the legendary song of Frank Sinatra "New York". And after it everyone started to leave Times Square. Here was the time when the professsionalism of NYPD was obvious. There was no crush, no drunk people on the streets.
This was our last night in NYC. We walked and and had so many confused and odd feelings. We were happy to spent Christmas holidays and welcome new 2013 in NY, but we were also sad to leave so early. One feeling was sure, it was the hope to return.