Times Square's a claustrophobic nightmare most days, and even more of a claustrophobic nightmare on New Year's Eve. How about you just watch the ball drop from the comfort of your bedroom? Or project it at your party? Yeah, that's a much better idea.
Oh, and look. There's a live stream of the event right here! Coverage starts at 5:55 PM EST. No need to watch beforehand. Nothing will happen. But tune in when it starts up, and uh... watch people congregate for six hours? Or just tune in at 11:59 PM EST. Whichever you prefer.
If you want the full experience, push up against someone and throw your fingers out the window till they slowly go numb from cold while watching the stream.