Livesinnewyork’s Blog

December 30, 2008

New Year’s Eve

Filed under: NYC — Tags: , , — livesinnewyork @ 1:53 pm

Currently I have 5 party invitations for tomorrow night.

Two are in New York (on Manhattan, one Brooklyn)

Three are in Maryland, with old buddies from college.

I’m going to end up in Baltimore provided a friend of mine gives me the ride he has promised. It should be a lot of fun, but I wonder what that says about me. I’m leaving my first new year in NYC where I live 15 block from Times Square to go to a different city and probably watch Times Square on television.

Here are some of the things I’m missing out on in New York:

Two house parties guaranteed to be fun and FREE unless I pick up some beer on the way. Still, cheap, easy, nearby.

Forum. My roommate and some of her friends will be there. However, a $125 cover for 9pm-2am free drinks doesn’t really sound worth while to me. I don’t mind crowds too much, but I’m sure it will be packed, and the liquor provided can’t be top-shelf. I’m assuming you have to pay for anything better than rail drinks.

The best deal I could find for bars was Porky’s at only $65 general admission from 9pm to 3am. Not bad.

The most expensive? BLVD for a whopping $495 general admission from 9pm to 2am. Absurd. Who can afford that? That’s not even for the VIP tickets, which are sold out.

What about Times Square, you say? Well, here’s what it should be like. The schedule is fairly interesting. Carson Daly, Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper will be doing portions of the hourly countdown. I’m not a huge fan of any of them. Performances by Lionel Richie and The Jonas Brothers. Again, not too interested. While I’m sure it’s exciting and vibrant, there are some downpoints. 

First, about a billion people. Okay, maybe not that many, but still. A lot of people to smush up against. Also, my mom once heard a story in the early 90s about people bringing needles with HIV on them and pricking random people in Times Square. I doubt this is true, but it still freaks me out a little.

Second, No alcohol. It’s illegal to have open containers outside, so it’ll be confiscated if you’re caught. Not that that’s a huge threat because of the billion people. What a lot of people do is get wasted before going so they don’t have to risk having alcohol there. Which leads to problem number three…

No public restrooms. So you’re screwed, unless you can find a nice alley to squat in and hope you don’t get stabbed. You can go into a restaurant or something, but I doubt they’ll be letting people in just to pee, and most have at least a $60 cover charge.

Verdict: Not worth it. I’ll go to a cheaper city, thank you.

How does this compare to some other cities? I found places in Philadelphia for as low as $30, but some above $200.

Baltimore isn’t even on newyearsevecentral.com, or organized enough to have any easily navigable sites on what to do or how much it costs.

Hopefully I’ll only end up spending about $30 on the whole thing, pitching in for gas and buying a six-pack of Natty-Boh for myself.

If you just can’t wait, here’s a simple countdown from timeanddate.com

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