If you’re planning on going to Times Square to ring in the New Year, you might not know what to wear. This guide is to help you enjoy the evening plus remain warm and comfortable throughout the entire time you are outside.
Layer dressing is key, and, even if the day seems relatively mild, remember that night time temperatures drop in the winter. By the time midnight rolls around, you’ll be freezing if you don’t properly layer dress.
This layer needs to help keep you dry and draw moisture away from you. This layer should fit snug and close to your body. Polypropylene, capiline or silk are all excellent materials to use for your base layer.
This layer helps to add heat. Garments made out of fleece, polyester, down, and wool work best for this layer.
This layer is your first source of protection from the elements. And should offer each of the following functions:
* Repels water including rain, snow, fog and dew
* Protection from wind
* Removal of body moisture
* Shield against chafing, scrapes, and other damage
Goretex and polypropylene both work very well. Don’t forget to cover your head, hands, and, feet in the same thoughtful manner. At minimum a hat that covers the ears, scarf, gloves and socks with your warmest, water-proof shoes are highly recommended.
The following is quoted from the Times Square Alliance website:
The best way to come to Times Square is via public transportation. To get to Times Square, the # 1, 2, 3, 7, A, B, C, D, E, F, N, Q, R, W, V and S shuttle trains all service the Times Square area. Please note that the MTA has advised revelers not to use the 42nd Street Subway Station on New Year’s Eve due to crowding conditions – you are advised to exit at one of the surrounding stations and enter Times Square on foot. It is expected that the MTA will keep all subway stations open on New Year’s Eve. Some entrances and exits may be closed as crowd conditions require. After 7 p.m. on December 31st, the N and R train station at 49th Street and Seventh Avenue may be closed until after midnight. Trains may also bypass some stations, depending on how the crowds build. For further information nearer the date of the event, please call or visit the MTA at (718) 330-1234 or www.mta.info.
Other useful sources of information:
Port Authority Bus Terminal (212) 564-8484
New York City Transit Authority (Local Bus Service) (718) 330-1234
Amtrak (800) 523-8720 Metro North (212) 532-4900
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) (718) 217- LIRR
For questions on New Year’s Eve about access, please contact the NYPD sub-station at (212)-239-9803 or the Times Square Alliance Dispatch Office at (212)-452-5218. Please call ONLY on New Year’s Eve.
For more information about New Year’s Eve in Times Square visit: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/nye_faq.html