Media with a Times Square Alliance-issued Media Street Access Credential (formerly known as a Temporary Press Credential) may move through the emergency access lanes, subject to NYPD approval.

Interviews may be conducted at the rear or the sidewalk side of each viewing area but not in the emergency access lanes. Interviews/filming may be suspended at any time by the NYPD due to safety concerns.

A NYPD press credential is also sufficient to gain access to the event.

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.

Application Process for New Year's Eve Media Street Access Credentials

Media Street Access Credentials Application Deadline: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019, 12pm EST.

To obtain Times Square Alliance Media Street Access Credentials to cover the Times Square New Year's Eve 2020 celebration, please:

a) Fill out the official Times Square Alliance Media Street Access Credentials form. THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED AND THE FORM IS NOW CLOSED.

b) Prepare the following two (2) supporting documents and submit them with the official form:

  1. A letter on company letterhead from your media organization outlining your request for a Media Street Access Credential. The letter must indicate the name of each individual requiring credentials, including support personnel who must cross police lines and their assignments for the evening. Freelancers will be required to have the company for whom they are working submit a letter on company letterhead requesting a Media Street Access Credential on their behalf. Please note that this letter must be in English, from this year, and for this event.
  2. A digital scan of a government-issued identification: e.g., driver's license or passport of each individual requiring a Media Street Access Credential.

If any of these items is not attached to your form submission, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.

c) If you require wireless transmission, you will need to request a radio frequency by downloading this form and sending it to before Friday, December 20, 2019.

For any additional questions, contact

December Deadlines

Wed, Dec 4, 12 pm: Deadline for submitting complete application for Media Street Access Credentials.

Week of Dec 16: Applicants for Media Street Access Credentials 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.

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