There a few things that I think that as residents of the greater tri-state area we should all do at least once in our lives.

I'm talking about things like going to see the Statue of Liberty, checking out Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and yes, even venturing into New York City (or "The City" as real locals know it as) to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

But being in Times Square for New Year's Eve?

Nope. No thank you very much.

As I mentioned above, I have been into The City a number of times to check out the Christmas windows and the big tree. And while it may be a good way to get into the spirit of the season, if you're someone who doesn't like big crowds or inescapable cold, it's one of those things that you do grudgingly.

You have to be at least temporarily ok with being pushed, coughed on, and shuffling step by step just to get a few photos (that will likely be photobombed by a random family trying in vain to do exactly the same thing).

That being said, I can honestly think of few things less enticing than being corralled into Times Square for hours in the freezing cold with about, oh, only a million or so strangers (a good number of whom could probably puke on you at any given moment).

Got anxiety? Having a panic attack? Freezing your extremities off? Sorry, there is literally no way out

When you're in, you're in for the long haul.

Oh, and when it is over, let's talk about getting home.

First, you'll actually have to get yourself to Penn Station or the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

If you made the decision to actually drive in, well, best of luck with that, we'll probably see you sometime in February.

Once you make it to the mass transit hub of your choice, you think the "drunk train" on any normal weekend is bad? Good luck on the last New Year's Eve trains and buses out of town!

Now look, I'm not saying that it's something that nobody should do. Clearly, plenty of people see the appeal in being part of the 110 year old tradition.

But me? I'll be watching comfortably from my centrally heated home.

Have you ever been to Times Square on New Year's Eve? If not, would you? Comment below and chime in!


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