Last year we decided we wanted to celebrate New Years in New York City but we never got around to planning and executing the trip. This year we have made some steps towards planning an unforgettable New Years right in the heart of Manhattan. Surprisingly, we were able to do this without breaking the bank. Here’s how:
Step 1: Duration
We had to make sure we had enough time to sight-see and be #tourists for a few days before going home but also needed to coordinate our vacation time off. We finally settled for a quick four day trip to NYC. Four days will allow us enough time to see the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, Central Park and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square!
Step 2: Accommodations
At first, we wanted to stay in a pretty nice place close to public transportation and ideally with a beautiful view of New York. However, upon checking out numerous hotel and motel websites we realized this was not within the budget, especially when we were planning to stay during (probably) one of the busiest times of the year.
We had never used Airbnb before and we were skeptical, but upon speaking with some friends who’ve used the app before and had successful stories we decided to check it out. We ended up securing a decent two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, close to the subway, for a fraction of the price a hotel or motel would have cost.
Step 3: Transportation
We had a few options on ways to get to New York City. We could drive (approx. 9 hours from Ottawa, Canada), we could fly, we could bus or we could train. After doing our research we determined that taking a train from Montreal was our best bet.
Not only do we not need to worry about driving in potentially bad weather conditions and driving in another country, but we can sleep, relax, eat and drink on the train and it’s similar in cost – if not cheaper – than the gas and other expenses we would need to pay to drive there.
Step 4: Activities
Of course, New Year’s Eve was the entire reason we were venturing down to New York City during the holidays in the first place, so we needed to get our plans set for that night. We debated between standing outside in the cold at Times Square or purchasing tickets to an NYE party right in the midst of it all. The decision was a no-brainer and the search began for a classy – yet not too expensive – New Years Eve Party close to the action.
We actually found a hotel situated nearly directly across from the ball drop that was hosting a party and the tickets were reasonably priced. The tickets include an open bar from 9pm – 2am, food, a view of the ball drop and a champagne toast at midnight. We are beyond excited and even if we do not get the best view of the ball drop we will still be so stoked to be celebrating New Years in New York!
Aside from NYE, we plan on doing a lot of sightseeing at our own leisure and going up to the observation tower at the Empire State Building.
Have you ever been to NYC on NYE? Any MUST-SEE attractions or activities you would recommend? Let us know by dropping us a comment below. We would love to hear from you!