Ringing In 2009 From Times Square

Whenever New Year’s rolls around, the standard around Los Angeles (and most other cities, I’m sure) is a bleed-through-the-nose per person cover – to one of tons of generic parties going on around the city. And that’s not even including drinks. This is just setting myself up for disappointment. So when Tara said she could get me a VIP Pass to an indoor venue *at* Times Square, it was an easy decision. The ball drop live – without waiting for hours in the cold to stake out a spot? I was ready to book a flight to New York City, stat.

It was the New Year’s celebration taking place at 44th and 6th on the bottom floor of ABC Studios – where they broadcast Good Morning America – and Pepsi, with their RefreshEverything campaign, was the sponsor. Stoked. Tara and I met up first and we had the pleasure of meeting and partying the night up with NY Gothamist cats, Neil Epstein and Jen Chung, and their significant others.

H’ors d’oeuvres such as shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms and chicken skewers kept my dinner-less stomach happy. Open bar, a variety of fun party favors and dancing entertainment completed the night. We noticed (but could not hear) performances going on by Taylor Swift and Fergie on the TV prompters as well as Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest fulfilling their respective hosting gigs. No matter. I got a picture with a sailor, and it wasn’t even Fleet Week.

At about 11:40 on December 31st, we trooped outdoors to join everyone else, who had probably been there for a minimum of 12 hours by then – in single digit weather!! Not to gloat! And since I pulled the novice blogger mistake of capturing video of the ball drop with my camera vertically, I’ll defer to Tara‘s awesome video capturing and editing skills here. You can see glimpses of what went on during the night (there’s even a special greeting to us Angelenos at the end 😉 ):

Happy New Year, everyone!! Cheers to a wonderful 2009.

The best part? I’m still in New York!! More to come later…

View my NYE Times Square Flickr Pics