As the end of the year approaches people start to think about their holiday traditions.  While there can be quite a variety of ways to celebrate during the last few months of the year, there is one thing that is shared by over 20 billion people around the world  – at the exact same time. “Ball Drop” is the annual event that has been held in New York’s Times Square since 1907.  At 11:59pm PST on the last day of the year, a large lighted ball drops 141 feet in just about 60 seconds.  The spectacle is witnessed all over the globe through ABC TV or other broadcasts on the internet.  About 1 million people pay for the privilege to visit Times Square in person and enjoy the ceremony in real life

You don’t have to brave the New Year celebrations to link your next corporate event to the iconic location.

The Times Square Alliance was founded in 1992 to provide Public Services and to promote the businesses in the Times Square area.  It also serves to co-coordinate many events in Times Square.

You can research the private event facilities offered by Alliance members.  There are many options that include:

  • family style restaurants
  • fine dining
  • Nightclubs, theatres, retail, and other attractions (comedy club, wax museum…)
  • hotels (ranging alphabetically from the Crown Plaza to the W Hotel)

There are also two very unique spots that are specially positions to include a view of the regular hustle and bustle of the city.

NASDAQ MarketSite can accommodate up to 300 people in its video tower. The event space has both a reception room and meeting area, but what really sets it apart is the “sweeping views overlooking the heart of Times Square”.

ABC Times Square Studios can host slightly fewer than 200 people.  “If you’ve watched Good Morning America, then you’ve already seen the inside of Times Square Studios”.  This flexible production area “includes ground level event space where specially manufactured walls and windows open up to bring your event to the street”.  The fully equipped facility can also arrange appropriate light control or even black out the windows completely for privacy.

Yes you can bring your guests to New York to a place that they have seen, but never actually been to.  You can even make them part of “the show” (hello Jumbotron!). Whether you want to set up something casual or formal, bring your group together to digest high tech information, or just want a new place to have some silly fun, the “Crossroads of the World” might just be your next meeting spot.