What’s the best spot and how do I get there?
The best views of the ball drop are on Broadway between 43rd Street and 50th Street and along Seventh Avenue up to 59th Street. If you’re in it for the lip syncing, the sound system will be set up where Broadway meets Seventh Avenue.
To get there, the subway is pretty much your only option -- a Lyft or taxi won’t be able to come anywhere close. The MTA is warning of “crowding conditions” at the 42nd Street Subway Station on New Year’s Eve, so exit at a nearby station (think Herald Square or Rockefeller Center) and walk the rest of the way.
The earlier you arrive, the better chance you’ll have at a prime spot; the NYPD will close pedestrian access to Times Square block-by-block as it fills up, starting at the viewing areas at 43rd Street and moving north. That means that once you’re there, you can’t leave and come back in.