The traveller's survival guide to New York City should be extensive in many ways but especially when it comes to New Year's Eve. I've spent many a magical night abroad and been to parties all over but they all pale in comparison to the concrete jungle during the countdown to the New Year. Here's how to survive it - even when you travel solo.
Firstly, you must make the key decision. Will you go to Times Square to celebrate? I didn't. Instead I enjoyed my day doing other things until night fell where I met up with people at my hostel for pre-drinks. Perhaps a few too many but it was New Years Eve and I had a flight to Ottawa at 7am so I'd have to make the night last well into the morning.
Shortly thereafter we left our hostel for another where we would tag along to Brother Jimmy's a pub with a big enough area to dance and play arcade games all at once. We met people from all around the world and you would too. This made the night something worthwhile to be sure. However, as midnight was approaching we didn't want to be cooped inside.
What was just meant to be my group of six people ended up with the entire bar following us to Central Park after we were, probably loudly, discussing how to get there and someone shouted into the bar that everyone should get their coats to go to Central Park. Going through the streets followed by what felt like a hundred people while singing and dancing behind and with us made me feel like I was on top of the world. Oddly enough I hadn't felt this way on the top of the Empire State Building.
As it ticked closer to midnight we rushed to find a spot big enough for our group in Central Park and had been lucky enough to find that, on top of seeing a bunch of insane people ring in the year with a marathon which alludes me in ways I can't quite express, there was live music. I can't say it was anyone I'd ever heard of playing but it was nice to listen to as we all talked.
Within the last moments the music ended and the crowds started to become a bit rowdier as if that would hold off the cold we all felt in our bones and make 2015 a greater year than 2014 had been until the year had begun and fireworks erupted out for us all to see. The rest of my night had been equally as fun when we headed back to Brother Jimmy's and then to our hostel where we had a few more drinks before I left for the airport.