Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

The ultimate New Year’s Eve accommodation in NYC [photos]

With Times Square celebrations going virtual this year, guests will have a truly unique experience during the traditional confetti celebrations, right below the ball.

the ultimate new years eve accommodation in nyc photos - The ultimate New Year’s Eve accommodation in NYC [photos]

While New Yorkers and the world will have to watch the ball drop virtually this year on New Year’s Eve, Airbnb and Nasdaq are offering some locals the chance to call Times Square home for just one night under the New Year’s Eve Ball – all while enjoying a spectacular night all to themselves!   

Is this the ultimate New Year’s Eve accommodation?

Yes, high (and safely isolated) above Times Square on Nasdaq’s outdoor terrace, guests will have their very own geodesic dome to ring in the highly-anticipated new year while taking in panoramic views of the sparkling crystal ball.

According to Airbnb news, Mariah Carey will also be back in Times Square. This time, she is becoming an Airbnb host, bringing her signature sparkle to the evening.

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Photo: news.airbnb.com/

The night will be full of magic and good vibes as guests are dazzled and glamourized with:

  • A virtual personal greeting from the one and only Mariah Carey
  • A $5 000 (R73 189) shopping credit to use along NYC’s famous 5th Avenue or local Times Square shops before their stay, along with a trunk full of sparkly New Year’s Eve hats, 2021 glasses and horns for the countdown to midnight 
  • Access to an indoor lounge to watch New Year’s celebrations around the world, adorned with local art by Jason Douglas Griffin, featuring collaborations with Brandon Friend and Jason Reynolds. Or, enjoy the reading nook stocked with board games while waiting for the clock to strike twelve
  • Dinner (or guests can skip that and head straight to dessert, with a slice of famous Junior’s cheesecake) prepared by a private chef
  • A sparkly piece of crystal featuring this year’s Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball design as a memento to take home
  • Panoramic views to see all broadcasted events and concerts organized by Times Square Alliance
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Photo: news.airbnb.com/

How to watch the Times Square ball drop this year

Organizers of the famous event are inviting everyone across the globe to join in on what will be a first-of-its-kind virtual experience that “gamifies” the experience.

Named VNYE (Virtual New Year’s Eve), the experience brings Times Square to our mobile devices and computers in an over-the-top way through a virtual reality- and augmented reality-based platform, where everyone can create and customize their own avatar and explore a vibrant virtual Times Square.

How does it work? After creating an avatar, visitors to VNYE can visit the 2020 Remembrance Hall, play games, check out an observation deck, watch “concerts” from Alex Boyé, Armani White, and Chloe Gilligan, see digital art from artists around the world in the Time Gallery, dance, take in nature, experience “zero gravity,” and collect celebratory confetti to earn points customize their avatars.

Of course, the whole draw for those who visit Times Square on New Year’s Eve is the ball drop and subsequent fireworks and shower of confetti. That won’t be lost this year (the ball will still drop IRL) – it can also be seen from this virtual world via live streams from 11 cameras across Times Square on the night of December 31. Revellers can also check camera feeds of New Year’s Eve celebrations from across the world, as well as a stream from NASA’s International Space Station.

So how do you access VNYE? Download the free app on your phone or device as early as 19 December to access the virtual world.

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