Eitan and I were rather apprehensive because of the forecast of cold and rain. Already in the taxi from the airport, while stuck for 40 minutes in a traffic jam just a few blocks from our hotel, we were excited by the neon lights, the masses of people walking the streets and the feeling of energy.
We are staying at the Edison Hotel just off Times Square. An enormous hotel, 6 elevators, with the atmosphere of a huge railway station rather than a hotel. But the staff are so friendly and helpful making it a pleasure.
On our first night we met with
family and Oz and Meaghan and her partner Chris together with Megan’s
parents Jim and Cathleen. We
sat around a huge lazy susan (what happened to the one we had?) and ate
quantities of dim sum and other delicacies. (see picture)
The following morning the hotel
paper bracelets with the hotel’s name on it so that we would be allowed
into the street leading to the hotel. We prepared to post my
kindle back to Amazon. “Go down 2
streets to 45thstreet where you can cross over Times Square
other side” “Oh no, go up to 49th
Street to cross.” All the barriers were up, closing off access to Times
Square. At each supposed crossing there were throngs of people waiting
Square – and this was about 9 hours before midnight! In the end we gave
With special passes and accompanying security, Meaghan and Chris led us to the available office on the 7th floor in a building in the Square. Vered and Meaghan had been shopping the day before and a delicious buffet lay on the table. While we ate and drank Vered’s famous mojitos and played games and looked out the window, we couldn’t believe that the singers and people below with raincoats and hats had been standing patiently for long hours in the rain. There were no toilets below and one wasn’t allowed to leave the Square. Not for me!
By 23.20 the rain had stopped
were accompanied to a special area where we had a magnificent view of
about to drop. The excitement was palable and as the countdown
proceeded a roar rose from the 1 million spectators.(Click here for a video of the last 5
second count down.) Clouds of conffetti
were released from one of the buildings above and everyone was so
happy, and in no hurry to leave.
Meaghan Coffey with
Chris and Vered, Dani and Oz, the crowd
Eventually we went back up to
to collect our things while the others tidied up.
The next morning we were expecting the Square to
be empty but it was fiull of people photographing the Ball, and
confetti was still swirling around in the wind. It was truly An Event
were most fortunate to have seen this live.
off my bucket list