How Should L.A. Celebrate NYE?

In New York, they drop a ball. Orange County supposedly has an orange – although last year I found myself at a depressing outdoor “Mardi Gras celebration” with questionable live music, blackjack table raffles, and some guy trying to sell me a posturepedic mattress. That’s what I get for crossing the border.

Anyhoo… I’ve been wondering why Los Angeles doesn’t have one major New Year’s Eve celebration that doesn’t include a warehouse rave or Pink playing a studio backlot. Should we have an outdoor gathering with some type of ball & countdown? Could such an event be held at the new L.A. Live, once touted as “Times Square West?”

Sure, we had some fun with the suits at AEG for the Christmas tree disaster show they called the Lighting of the Angels. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t want this place to succeed. Perhaps it just needs to find its niche. What better use of all those flashy lights and electronic billboards than a West Coast NYE Countdown?

What do you think?

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11 Replies to “How Should L.A. Celebrate NYE?”

  1. For the past few years, Hollywood Blvd. shuts down to traffic, sets up booths & stages and parties. We ventured up there in ’06 and it was a hot mess full of 12 year olds. Okay, maybe they were 16. Of course there is always the insanity that is Colorado Blvd. on NYE. But considering the city is cutting back costs on such municipal events, it makes no sense for them to start now. Besides, with our current leadership, it’s sure to suck serious donkey balls anyway.

  2. The where is irrelevant.
    With whom is the most important.
    For me its with friends and family celebrating the year we finished with complete inebriation with a lot of laughs and plotting to make the coming year just as exciting and successful.
    Then again I tend to have problems with taking the rose colored glasses off and try to find something that will work to make things better.

  3. Please, nothing. The only thing more lame than LA’s New Year’s Eve celebrations is the impulse that we *have* to have some iconic New Year’s Eve celebration. It shows a real inferiority complex that LA too often suffers from. Why should we try to be like NYC? Besides, the traffic and the crowds…ugh. No thank you.

  4. There are a few things going on on NYE — Giant is having its thing downtown with Moby and I passed by the Sports Arena this weekend and there was an advert for something there. Not on the same caliber of the free-ness that is the NYC Times Square ball drop but really, that’s ok with me. I like LA because we DON’T have the insanity that is that event.

  5. The Times Square NYE event is horrible. Nobody that I know in New York would ever go there, it’s filled with tourists and suburban dorks. Maybe it looks great on TV, but that an illusion.

  6. Other cities have their thing, Los Angeles has it’s own decentralized way and that’s what make it Los Angeles. We shouldn’t worry about doing things like other cities do. In it’s own way, Los Angeles does have a sense of community and it’s special because it isn’t like New York, San Francisco, Chicago or what not. I think this holds true for development, public transit, utilities, etc… We need to do what’s right for Los Angeles, not what’s done in other cities – I may be over generalizing, but it’s been my observation that those who covet the particulars of other cities are not natives or lifers here.

  7. New York will always have an edge simply because they get the New Years first – we’ll watch the repeat here in L.A.

    But Los Angeles, unfortunately, doesn’t celebrate its masses like New York does. We don’t pride ourselves on our crowds. Between that and our lack on a city core or center, there’s no place for even locals, let alone tourists or suburbanites, to converge on.

    More importantly, Times Square is what its all about. Nobody else could ever replicate it, no matter how hard they try.

    All that said, having been in New York on New Years a few times – all for work – I can tell you that its a logistical nightmare. No alcohol is allowed in those crowds, nor ins and outs. People get liquored up ahead of time, then pee themselves while waiting for hours among the crowds of strangers. Fun? Your mileage will vary.

  8. I agree with Markland. In the 20+ years I lived in NYC, I went to Times Square once for NYE, early during my tenure there. And I never went again. It was during the horrifying late 70s when the city was broke and broken, but also a hell of a lot more fun than the consumer theme park it has become.

    One of the things that made Times Square so exhilarating was the prospect that you might get robbed, beaten, killed or any combination of the three, especially if you went at night. But if you didn’t– Fun!

    Still, I miss it.

  9. I grew up in DC which has a total inferiority complex with NY about all things including, but not limited to, Times Square on NYE. DC determined to drop a giant stamp from the recently renovated Post Office. L-A-M-E. Though Madison, Wisconsin, where I lived next, had a big family celebration that climaxed at 10pm. All of which is by way of agreeing with the consensus here that NY can stay the reigning champions of New Years Eve. Standing haunch to paunch with liquored up tourists peeing themselves = not even a bit inticing.

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