Atmosphere at "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" in Times Square on December 31, 2008 in New York City.
If you're one of the million or so revelers on tap to invade Manhattan on New Year's Eve, city officials urge you to take mass transit. But if you're a stickler for your car, there are a plethora of street closures and traffic changes you should know about.
Warning: You WILL be ticketed and towed if you fail to comply with the regulations.
Here's a list of the no-parking streets for Friday.
If you are planning to come to Times Square and join in the festivities, you are advised to enter from 6th or 8th Avenue. Your chance of getting a viewing spot near the Ball (at Broadway & 43rd Street) goes up the earlier you show up. The blocks will be closed off as they fill up northward, street-by-street, as the police deem necessary.
Some subway stations will shut down early in the evening and reopen after midnight so the massive crowds can leave. Other stations will skip the stops closest to Times Square until after the ball drops.
Subway changes include:
It'll be a relatively warm evening for this time of year, and the 20-inch snowstorm that left the streets far from Times Square unplowed will be a memory to the crowd. Crews have removed the large drifts and warm temperatures are helping to melt what's left. So enjoy the party! Be safe.