David Freiman - lives in New York City
It is terrible. Only tourists do this. And young New Yorkers may try this once if they don’t listen to reason by their friends.
People start arriving around 5 pm for a midnight ball drop. I’m not sure what time the live entertainment starts.
You are herded into pens by the NYPD. You have to stay where they put you for the entire time. If you leave the pen, you will not be permitted to return. You will be herded into a new pen if you plan to stay and will be separated from your friends.
You can not block the sidewalks.