Adding a touch more chaos to New Year's Eve in Time's Square
Adding to our growing list of 100+ reasons why you should stay away from Times Square on New Year's Eve is this latest news that the pint-sized celebutaunt Snooki of Jersey Shore infamy is going to be riding in a ball that drops from 1515 Broadway in the middle of Time’s Square.
And just to make it more interesting, MTV (who is hosting the event) is attempting to set a Guinness Record for the largest amount of people doing a Fist Pump at one time. Hunh. We really don’t have words.'
For what it’s worth, Snooki won’t be in the historic, traditional New Year’s Eve ball as it descends near Midnight in Time’s Square. I’m pretty sure that the powers that be wouldn’t let her near that classic ball. In part because it is made up of beautiful, delicate Waterford Crystal and all. Still, this borders on asinine and is sure to make the scene in Midtown Manhattan even more chaotic.
The real New Year’s Eve ball that drops is iconic as the Statue of Liberty and Papaya Dog. For 2011, Waterford Crystal has designed 288 new “Let There Be Love” crystal triangles featuring a romantic pattern that blends a modern cascade of hearts with diamond cutting.
The tradition of dropping a New Year’s Ball celebrates its 104th birthday this year. Way back in 1907, the chief electrician for The New York Times, crafted the first Ball in response to a request for some kind of spectacular midnight show that would draw attention to the newly christened Times Square. Rumor has it that Dick Clark was there to host the first countdown. Great article on the history of it all can be read here http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1869058,00.html
As an alternative, The Big Adventure suggests avoiding the crowds and booking a ride on the Yacht Manhattan from Classic Harbor Line: http://www.sail-nyc.com/html/holiday_cruises.html