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Time Square Crowd December 31, 2002

Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration
Going to see the ball drop in Times Square? Here are some things to know:

- Use mass transit! Drivers should expect traffic delays, and gridlock at bridges and tunnels.
- Avoid driving in midtown on New Year's Eve.
- Backpacks and large bags are prohibited.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Property may not be abandoned at checkpoints.
- Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to gain entry to their original viewing area.
- Expect delays getting into the Times Square area on foot.
- All visitors must go through metal detectors.
- Large screens will be set up in Times Square for those who cannot get close to the ball drop location at 43rd Street and Broadway.

Street Closures & Parking Information
Beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31st, Times Square will be closed to vehicle traffic. People are strongly advised to use public transportation. On-street parking will be extremely limited in the Midtown area. The NYPD will continue its drunken driving enforcement on New Year's Eve through DWI patrols and checkpoints throughout the City.
Read the NYPD's New Year's Eve Traffic Advisory (includes detailed parking and street closure information)
Visit the NYC Street Closures Map
Visit the DOT weekly street closure page

Transit Information
The easiest way to get to Times Square is by subway. Some subway station exits in the Times Square area may be closed due to crowding. See other recommended subway stops. Buy MetroCard in advance.
Learn more about New Year's subway and bus service via
Read MTA's Service for New Year's Holiday press release
Go to MTA's Holiday Weekend Service and Special Events page

ArrowRead NYPD's New Year's Eve Traffic Advisory (includes parking and street closure information)

ArrowVisit the NYC Street Closures Map

ArrowLearn more about the celebration

ArrowRead the frequently asked questions (FAQ)

ArrowLearn about MTA New Year's Eve and New Year's Day service

ArrowLearn about Metro-North holiday service

ArrowLearn about Metro-North West-of-Hudson holiday service

ArrowVisit the DOT weekly street closure page

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