Times Square for New Years 2015: Map, Time to Go, and Other Tips

December 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

About one million people are expected to pack into Times Square for the New Year’s celebration on Wednesday into Thursday, and people are looking for a map and tips for the event.

People can begin to arrive at any time, although those who get the best spot typically arrive before 3 p.m. Views of the ball can still be found for several more hours.

The Times Square Alliance says the best spots to watch the ball drop are on Broadway between 43rd and 50th Streets, and on Seventh Avenue up to West 59th Street. The ball can 

Note that the NYPD shuts down streets as they fill up.

People who enter into Times Square are not allowed to leave again and come back, meaning revelers should wear comfortable shoes and many layers of clothing.

There are also no bathrooms within the area, or any opportunities to get food or drinks, so people should grab a bite before they enter and go to the bathroom. A good spot for both is the Port Authority bus terminal.

Bags of any kind are not allowed in, nor is any alcohol. But people can take food and drinks in pockets.

(Google Maps/Times Square Alliance)
(Google Maps/Times Square Alliance)


Times Square is considered the area between Sixth and Eighth Avenues, and between 40th and 53rd Streets. For the New Years event, though, those boundaries are expanded considerably.

The easiest way to get into the area is likely the subway system. But it’s probably better not to go to the Times Sq-42 St station, since that will be very, very crowded.

Nearby stations include Herald Square (N, Q, R); Penn Station (1, 2, 3); 5 Av (7); 5 Av/53 St (E, M); Grand Central (4, 5, 6, 7); and Columbus Circle (A, B, C, D).

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