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Heading to NYC for New Year's Eve? Here's what you'll need to know

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Let's face it. There are few places as exciting as New York City's Time's Square to ring in the New Year, but, visiting the Big Apple for this annual party isn't as easy or as inexpensive as you may think. Here are some tips to help your trip go smoother.

Hotels

Don't have your hotel booked yet? Good luck getting one now. Hotels in Times Square start booking up to capacity as early as six months out. And, if you can find one, chances are you're looking at a three to four night minimum with rates in the $300 - $500 per night range.

Here are a few examples based on checking in Monday, December 30, 2013 and out Friday, January 3, 2014:

  • New York Hilton Midtown: $364 per night plus tax
  • The London NYC $549 per night plus tax
  • Park Central New York $394 per night plus tax

Times Square on New Year's Eve

Don't think you can simply go to Times Square at 10 or 11 PM and get a decent viewing spot. New Yorkers and visitors start grabbing prime viewing spots as early as 12 noon! That makes for one long day, and, by 4 or 5 PM the police department starts putting up the barricades and once that happens, you're in for the evening. (Leave and you lose your spot and you may not be admitted back in.)

The good news? If you can tolerate the cold weather and the long day standing, you're in for one of the best parties in the world! Entertainment usually begins around 6PM and continues until just before midnight when the giant ball is sent on it's descent to ring in the New Year.

For full information about being in Times Square for New Year's Eve 2013/2014 visit The Times Square Alliance website at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/nye-schedule/index.aspx#.Ur2ajvtyyQA

Stay warm, be safe, and have a fabulous time!

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