Silvester in New York - Times Square, Events, Parties und Feuerwerk

New Year's Eve in New York - Times Square, events, parties and fireworks

New York, November 6, 2022


Written by Sanel Huskanovic

I don't know about you, but I'm already planning on drinking a little too much champagne on New Year's Eve.

The city that never sleeps knows how to celebrate and knows how to welcome New Year's Eve in a very special way - you just have to know where to go because there is something for every taste. Here are all the variants fun, interesting, free, luxurious and of course everything about the most famous party in the world, the big New Year's reception in Times Square, as well as the best places to watch the fireworks.

New Year's Eve in Times Square

It is the most famous New Year's Eve party in the world and a unique experience, thousands of people line up in the morning to get the best seat, a million people in total are there and hundreds of millions more worldwide watch it on TV screens.

My most important tip of all: have a positive attitude! New Year's Eve in Times Square is a night that will be intense in many different ways. Don't let anyone or anything spoil your experience.

More tips:

  • If you want to get a central spot, you have to be in Times Square by 4 p.m. at the latest
  • The ball drop is best viewed along Broadway from 43rd Street to 50th Street, and along 7th Avenue to 59th Street
  • Go to a toilet first. In the adjacent hotels and restaurants they will in most cases let you use the toilet, but you might lose your seat or the barriers might be moved so that the police won't let you go back to your original spot
  • Checked the weather! It's better to dress a little warmer, it's easier to take off clothes than to freeze
  • There are great security precautions. Backpacks, large bags and umbrellas are not permitted. All bags will be searched.
  • A more detailed description can be found here

Best Places to Watch New Year's Eve Fireworks in New York

Want to see fireworks in New York City on New Year's Eve but don't want to go to Times Square? Don't worry: there are no real fireworks there anyway!

There are fireworks at the following locations in NYC:

    • Last year, Central Park's fireworks were launched from the centrally located Bow Bridge instead of the Naumburg Ribbon Bowl, meaning the fireworks were visible from almost all areas of the park. If you plan to enter the park for the fireworks, you should get there at least a few hours before midnight because you will have to go through security and to avoid pedestrian entrance closures and heavy foot traffic.

      Where to watch?

      Bethesda Fountain : The entrance to this area closes at 8:00 p.m. However, if you get there early enough to claim a spot, this is a beautiful, iconic place to watch the fireworks. Pack a snack, dress warmly and expect lots of fellow fireworks fans.
      Sheep's Meadow : If you show up a little later, go south of 72nd Street to get to the large meadow for a nice view. You will have to go through security no matter how you enter the park: leave the contraband champagne bottles at the hotel.
      Participate in the Midnight Run : Sign up for New York Road Runners' annual Midnight Run. The music and dancing begins at 10:00 p.m. and the four-mile tour begins at midnight, right under the fireworks.

    • You can find a more detailed description here
    • One of the most beautiful views of the southern tip of the Manhattan skyline is from the Brooklyn Bridge, from where you can also see the Statue of Liberty. A fireworks display is scheduled to begin at midnight on a barge docked between Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty.

      Where to watch?

      Brooklyn Bridge : The middle part of the bridge has the best views. Try to get there by 10 p.m. at the latest, as there are usually a lot of people gathering on the bridge.
      Brooklyn Heights Promenade : The 600 m long promenade offers great views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty where the fireworks display takes place. A great place to celebrate the New Year.
      Brooklyn Bridge Park : No less spectacular than the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and usually easier to get a spot with a great view.

    • For the 39th year in a row, Grand Army Plaza will host a grand fireworks display in Prospect Park along with live entertainment. The event is free and relatively relaxed compared to other parties.

      Where to watch?

      Grand Army Plaza : The square will become a New Year's Eve festival and will be filled with live music and vibrant New Year's energy all evening long. This spot definitely offers the best view, albeit with the most people.
      West Drive in Prospect Park : The fireworks are set off on the northernmost lawn of the park. This gives you a fantastic view of the street that winds along the west side.
      The Brooklyn Museum is just a few steps away: it's far enough away to have some peace and quiet from the crowds, but you can still see the fireworks relatively well.

    • Each year, Coney Island's New Year's Eve celebration is typically held at Steeplechase Plaza on the boardwalk, with sideshow performers, live music, and (if it's not too cold) free Deno's Wonder Wheel rides in the early evening. Of course, the fireworks at midnight only add to the magic. Every year in a row, Grand Army Plaza hosts Prospect Park's spectacular fireworks display along with live entertainment.

      Where to watch?

      Coney Island Broadwalk : Honestly, you get an incredible view no matter where you are on the boardwalk. This is truly the best place to watch.
      Brighton Beach Broadwalk : If you want a more fun waterfront experience, you can get an equally beautiful show with a smaller crowd by simply following the boardwalk east to Brighton Beach.

The best parties and New Year's Eve cruises

Say goodbye to 2023 at a party or a boat trip. There's plenty to choose from in New York, and a midnight champagne toast in the Big Apple isn't the worst way to welcome in the New Year.


  • We're having a rooftop party just 10 blocks from Times Square, details here.


  • All boats gather near the Statue of Liberty before midnight to admire the fireworks. There are different offers from luxurious to slightly simpler versions, which are also reflected in the price. You can find some offers under the following links.


  • All clubs, rooftops and bars host New Year's Eve parties. Prices vary depending on the view and offer. You can find these events under the following link.

Please note that we do not host these parties and accept no responsibility.

The best New Year's Eve events in New York

When I think of New Year's Eve events in New York, the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration is probably the first that comes to mind. While the rest of the world watches a million people freeze in Midtown, the rest of NYC seems to be shut down like the 1999 blackout - seems to be the important word here. In addition to the parties, cruises and fireworks, there are also great events. Here are a few that I picked out for you.

New Year's Eve Extravaganza with Brian Newman

    • One of the city's best upscale dinner-and-jazz spots, Fine & Rare hosts a festive, luxurious New Year's Eve for those who prefer strings and brass to EDM or synths. On the posh night, Philip Sireci's four-course menu - think honey truffles, honey squash and seared filet mignon - offers "special occasion." From 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. you can enjoy a performance by trumpeter, singer and Lady Gaga collaborator Brian Newman and his special guests. For tickets email .

The Illuminati Ball

    • Inspired by Marie-Hélène de Rothschild's outrageous 1972 ball, which brought a masked Salvadore Dali and Audrey Hepburn to Paris, this dazzling party draws 1,000 of the city's most creatively dressed revelers to the former Williamsburg Savings for a magical night Bench to come to seductive occult rituals, dances, performances and mysterious encounters. TICKETS will be available here as soon as they are released.

Please note that we do not host these parties and accept no responsibility.

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