Jan 1, 2011

Street Scenes: Times Square New Year’s Eve

Approaching the center of Times square on New Year's Eve the first thing I noticed in a never ending sea of one million people was a Domino’s Pizza guy being escorted through the crowd by the police to make a delivery to a nearby building. Only in New York folks.

Like most New Yorkers I typically stay home New Year's Eve and watch the ball drop on television from the comfort of a warm couch. In fact this was probably the first time I’ve gone out since the new millennium kicked in.

This year I had the rare opportunity of VIP access to the center of Times Square thanks to my brother who works in television production. Being able to step outside in the midst of it all and run indoors to warm up and get a birds eye view from a television studio overlooking Times Square at will was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Most people in the crowd had been standing for at least 12 hours not able to leave their spot. And all I came across were extremely good natured and just happy to be there. This is rare in a crowd that size regardless of the circumstances.

These photos were taken from the center of Times Square as the ball dropped, from inside the studio looking out and from the stage in center of Times Square in between live performances.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2011 filled with wonderful travels. And thank you for coming along for the journey another year on Escape From New York. You are great traveling companions!


Fly Girl said...

What a great opportunity to kick off the New Year! May the rest of 2011 be just as successful!

Priyank said...

That was a neat opportunity and I'm glad you took it! Incidentally, I also blogged about this last night. Happy new year Wendy!

Trotter said...

Hi Wendy! VIP is always different... ;)

Have a Happy and Successful New Year!! Wish you all the best!!
Long time no see... Horus and Sobek wait for you at Kom Ombo… ;)

Andrew Graeme Gould said...

A very exciting series, Wendy.
All the best to you for 2011!

Kristina said...

Happy new year to you as well! Celebrating the new year in NYC must be a really special!
Viele Gruesse, Kristina

Inde Tourisme said...

Happy new year to you also, hope you enjoyed lot celebrating new year in NYC

Nomadic Matt said...

yeah, i would never go to times square if i had to sit outside. I don't get why people put up with the crowd!

Wendy said...

Fly Girl, Thank you!

Priyank, I must stop by to see.

Trotter, Nice to see you here.

Andrew, All the best to you as well.

Kristina and Inde, Thank you.

Matt, As a jaded New Yorker I have to admit it was a very cool experience.

jodi said...

that is so great! one year i went to a show at caroline's and we got escorted through the crowd to get there. we probably could have stood on that block all night, but decided to head back uptown instead.