The Big Bang

The Fest: Like usual, hordes of out-of-towners head to that nexus of streets that is Times Square, while locals stay as far away as an island allows. What Makes It Special: The Times Square alternatives, like the four-mile midnight run through Central Park, or the Brooklyn Bridge Walk, with its fine views of the Staten Island and Brooklyn fireworks. The Crowd: A multi-ethnic melting pot. Let's face it, Times Square is still one of the world's largest tourist draws… especially on New Year's Eve. The Garb: Mufflers and beanies replace party hats—New Yorkers are less hardy than they like to pretend when it comes to weather. Libation: Coffee. Booze isn't allowed in the Times Square celebration, and the truth is many revelers are thankful after finding themselves penned behind barricades without easy access to a bathroom. Ideal For: Saying you've experienced the original New Year's Eve party. The Next Day: Wise guests stay in and order up some of the world's finest room service: The eats inside the Trump International Hotel feature food from Jean Georges downstairs.

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