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5 Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve in New York
14 Dec 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

As you probably have known, New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City is truly spectacular and one of a kind by any standard. Anyone growing up with Hollywood flicks will at least have seen one scene where an outpouring off crowd flooded their ways to Times Square New York. As the countdown begins, they cheer and ring in the new year with an uproar of applause, euphoric laughters and seals of a kisses.

If you happen to be in New York this holiday season to celebrate the New Year’s Eve, you’re in luck! These are our top 5 places in New York City where you can celebrate the New Year’s Eve like a true traveler of the world:

The Iconic Times Square

A New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square is not only a much beloved New York tradition, it’s a global phenomenon. It is estimated that about 1 millions of people will gather to one of the most world-famous landmarks to enjoy the best NYC year-end event in December. In addition to star-studded New year’s Eve concerts, there is also the mass countdown marked with the ball drop in Times Square. If you’re truly lucky, you get to be featured on a live television too!

The Central Park or Prospect Park

Central Park is located about 15-20 minutes apart by foot from Times Square and is one of the best spots in Manhattan to witness the magnificent shower of fireworks. The atmosphere is high with cheers and joy that it will be one of the most unforgettable experiences in your life for sure.

Another open park that also comes highly recommended is the prospect Park. Located over at Park Slope, there is also a grand shower of New Year’s Eve fireworks with live music at Grand Army Plaza and a free cocoa drink!

Top of The Rock, Rockefeller Center

Top of the Rock is one of the most amazing New York City’s attractions and it gets even crazier during New Year’s Eve. With 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, you’re guaranteed to get the most astounding city view including a panoramic 360-degree view of New York sky.

So plan your night right and purchase tickets to enjoy the New Year’s bash in their modern restaurants, including a champagne toast during the ball drop to firework viewing while dining and dancing into the new year.

Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

Head over to Brooklyn Bridge early so you enjoy fireworks from Central Park, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey as well as the Empire State Building light show. The bridge has always been everyone’s favorite and must not be missed when in NYC. Sign up for their Walking Tour and if the weather permits, you get to enjoy everything happening all at one in this great NYC’s spot.

New York Harbor

Looking for options during your New Year’s Eve celebrations? New York Harbor presents more than just a few delightful alternatives for you. From an elegant evening aboard a yacht in formal attire or more casual cruises available for family sailing around New York Harbor. Whatever it is you pick, you will get to spend it on this scenic spot overlooking the Upper Bay and Lower Manhattan skyline in New York.

by Joe for SweetEscape in New York

by Joe for SweetEscape in New York

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!