New Year’s Eve in NYC: Driving Tips and Deals

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and with it the millions of people who descend upon New York City annually to celebrate.

Whether you are coming into New York City to ring in 2018, or you want to avoid the logjam that will be Midtown Manhattan, Icon has you (and your car) covered! Here’s a handy guide covering some important updates and tips to help you navigate the night.

What streets will be closed on New Year’s Eve?

Here’s the official word from the Times Square Alliance:

On December 31, the New York Police Department will begin closing down access to Times Square starting at 43rd Street and Broadway, and moving north as revelers arrive. The exact times that these blocks close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic will depend on when the revelers begin arriving. It is likely that there will be no vehicular traffic on either Broadway or Seventh Avenue as of approximately 3:00 p.m. Vehicles will most likely have difficulty traveling across town after 3:00 p.m. or earlier above 42nd Street and as far north as 59th Street. If you are planning to come to Times Square and join in the festivities, you are advised to enter from Sixth or Eighth Avenue. Your chance of getting a viewing spot near the Ball increases the earlier you arrive. The blocks will be closed off as they fill up northward, street-by-street, as the police deem necessary.

Basically, expect all of Times Square to be blocked off, including points south (to 38th Street) and north (to 59th Street). Access points are as follows:

South of 41st Street

37th & 7th Ave

37th & Broadway

38th & 8th Ave

38th & 6th Ave

North of 43rd street

49th from 8th & 6th Ave

52nd from 8th & 6th Ave

54th from 6th Ave

55th from 8th Ave

57th from 7th Ave

57th from Broadway

58th from 8th & 6th Ave

59th from 8th & 6th Ave

For more details and updates on the festivities in Times Square, click here to visit our friends at the Times Square Alliance.

If I drive, when’s the best time to arrive and depart?

Given the number of visitors expected and level of security planned, the best strategy is to arrive early and stay late. Why not turn your New Year’s Eve celebration into a fun filled New York weekend and staying the night!

Note that Icon and Quik Park facilities located within the street closure zones will likely not be accessible to enter/exit starting Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. We recommend to park in a facility outside of the security perimeter to ensure easy access both entering and exiting the garage.

What’s the best parking strategy on New Year’s Eve?

Given ongoing street closures on-street parking will be a nightmare, so we recommend parking in an off-street garage.

To allow our customers maximum flexibility in their plans and parking options, Icon is offering a special New Year’s Eve promotion: Up to 24 hours of parking at any Icon or Quik Park facility for only $34! Note some small exclusions apply. Click here to redeem this limited offer.

Have Fun, Stay Safe and Enjoy Ringing in 2018!

Whether you make it to NYC to celebrate the ball drop or not, make sure you enjoy it. From the Icon family to yours – we wish you a Happy New Year and prosperous 2018!

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