COUNTDOWN TO NYE
The following information refers to New Year's Eve 2020 and is provided for reference. Updated information for New Year's Eve 2021 will be provided later in 2020.
Photographers requesting a position on the production riser must complete the following process.
Production Riser Access
The Times Square New Year’s Eve Production Riser, built and managed by the organizers of the event, meets the needs of the on-site broadcast networks and affiliates and their production staff. The limited space is also apportioned to the event’s cast, crew and main sponsors.
Public safety and logistical restraints limit the number of individuals permitted on the riser. Remaining, functional space will be reserved for press photographers, subject to public safety and logistical concerns.
To be considered for this restricted space, photographers must submit to an advance credential application process. Working photographers on documented assignment for international, national and regional news outlets will be granted priority consideration.
Credentials will be distributed based on media reach and past coverage. Photographers on assignment for major metropolitan newspapers and national and international wire services will have priority.
In addition, two (2) spots will be available for random selection in a lottery system:
Photographers with a NYPD or Times Square Alliance-issued press credential will be permitted to enter the event but will not be allowed onto the production riser unless they have a production riser credential.
If you are looking to obtain access to the production riser, send one (1) email to NYEPhoto@Rubenstein.com with the following three (3) supporting documents as attachments by no later than Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 12 pm. In the email subject line enter: NYE Credentials: Last Name, First Name, Organization.
If any of these items are not attached to your email, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.
*Our inbox can only accept emails with attachments not exceeding 10 MB. If your file is larger, please send the documents through DropBox, YouSendit, or WeTransfer.
Media Street Access Credentials
Media Street Access Credentials (formerly known as temporary press credentials) grant access to emergency lanes, subject to NYPD approval. In order to move through Times Square during the event, photographers with positions on the riser will also need to obtain a Media Street Access Credential. (A NYPD press credential is also sufficient to gain street access).
Photographers who do not receive a spot on the production riser may still access the event with either a Times Square Alliance-issued Media Street Access Credential or a NYPD press credential.
Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 12 pm: Deadline for submitting complete application for Media Street Access Credentials. Deadline for photographers to submit their application for media riser access.
Week of Dec 16, 2019: Applicants for Media Street Access Credentials and media riser access will be given a status update on the application process via email.
Fri, Dec 27, and Monday, Dec 30, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm: Media Street Access Credentials available for pick-up at the Times Square Alliance office at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1001 (entrance on 46th Street between 6th Avenue & 7th Avenue). A government-issued photo ID will be required.