The Ball Drop
Trip Start Jun 23, 1970
103Trip End Ongoing
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The nine hours waiting for the ball to drop went quickly. It was mesmerizing watching the streets fill in and the police deploying. We pulled up chairs to the large picture windows and looked out at all the interesting events. For a long time, the ball was doing its light show, even though it was sitting on the platform, invisible to the crowds below
Every hour on the hour, we had a brief countdown and burst of fireworks. It was very exciting watching the fireworks from their launch point, shooting out to the buildings near by. We talked and drank and ate (a lot) and played one game of Hoopla but mostly found our entertainment going on outside. The Empire State Building was lit with colorful LEDs, and the radio towers nearby were also lit in glowing neon lights. It was a spectacle.
Finally, it was midnight. We could hear the countdown from the streets 31 stories below. I had my Dad on facetime on my tablet and my sister on facetime on my phone so that they could see the display, too. The ball drop was followed my lots of fireworks and crazy cheering on our part. So much fun, and so awesome to be so close to the Ball, which is gorgeous.
After midnight, we watched the crowds disperse (rapidly ... probably after 9 nine hours in the cold without food, drink, or a bathroom, they were ready to go), and the litter left behind. We began packing up and tidying the conference room and were ready to leave by 1am. Broadway was still closed, so we went over to 8th and walked up. It was crowded but not insane. We were home by 1:30am.