I live about 13 blocks from Times Square and already, at 5pm ET, the revelers are lined up all the way to my street. In preparation for the holiday this evening, I stopped to get my nails done and had to show my ID and get through 4 different security checkpoints to get back to my apartment.
I wanted to take pictures from my rooftop, on the 32nd floor, but unfortunately the roof has been secured and sealed. Security is pretty tight for this event.
The weather is an exceptional 51 degrees tonight which encourages even more participation. Outside my apartment window I can hear the cheers and horns. (they should really pace themselves) How fun!
I won't be down there in the craziness - opting instead to venture further away from the crowds and into the West Village for a wonderful dinner with friends.
I leave you with a few pictures of the festivities...
Broadway & 55th this morning
The traffic control on its way in at 11am
Barricades between 55th and 56th at 5pm
The scene outside my apartment
Happy 2012 Everyone! Be safe out there!