New York City launches SMS short code for Times Square New Year’s Eve festivities

Text NEWYEARSEVE to 692692 to receive important alerts and notifications about the New Year’s Eve Times Square celebrations


December 28, 2018 — Staying up-to-date about Times Square’s biggest celebration just got easier. The New York City Emergency Management Department announced today that Notify NYC, the City’s official emergency communications program, has launched an opt-in short message service (SMS) for those attending the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square. New Yorkers and visitors can text the keyword NEWYEARSEVE to 692692 (NYCNYC) to receive alerts and updates on weather, road closures, traffic delays and more. Message and data rates may apply.

“With a simple text, you can stay informed about the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “Notify NYC’s short code is another way we can enhance our communication with the public, and we are thrilled to partner with the Times Square Alliance to provide spectators with the information they need, the way they want it.”

“It is impossible to overstate our gratitude to the NYPD for their work to make Times Square safe, not only on New Year’s Eve, but every day of the year.  With this new system implemented by NYC Emergency Management, it will become easier to get the word out quickly with real- time information that will continue the City’s efforts to make this event as safe as it can be,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.


Tips for attending the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

  • Arrive early. The New York City Police Department will begin closing down access to Times Square starting at 38th Street and Broadway, and moving north as revelers arrive. Viewing areas will start at 43rd Street and move north. Access to Times Square on the evening of December 31 will be from 6th Avenue or 8th Avenue only.
  • Heavy traffic conditions are expected, so mass transit is strongly encouraged.

o   Please note that the MTA has advised revelers not to use the 42nd Street Subway Station on New Year’s Eve due to crowding conditions; visitors should expect to exit at one of the surrounding stations.

  • Rain is in the latest forecast for the Times Square celebration, so do not forget your rain boots, ponchos and raincoats.

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Notify NYC is the City’s free, official source for information about emergency events and important City services. The opt-in SMS service is just one of many ways people can stay informed with Notify NYC. New Yorkers can download the Notify NYC mobile application, which is available for free download from iTunes or Google Play. To learn more about the Notify NYC program or to sign up, visit , call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115), or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter. For up-to-date New Year’s Eve information, text NEWYEARSEVE to 692692.