Ringing in 2021 in Times Square won’t look like any other year. There won’t be huge festive crowds gathering beneath the iconic ball as the celebrations have moved online this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If that sounds disappointing to you, know that there’s still a way to see the ball drop with your own eyes and have an epic Time Square experience this New Year’s Eve. Airbnb is partnering with Mariah Carey to host a special New Year’s Eve experience inside a clear and private dome on the rooftop of the Nasdaq building in NYC.
“New Yorkers have found the strength to carry on this year,” Carey wrote on Airbnb, “and the people of this city are my heroes. To honour NYC’s resilience, I’m inviting two locals from the same household to call Times Square home for one night and sleep in a cozy dome atop Nasdaq’s terrace. Under the New Year’s Eve ball, say GTFO to 2020 in style.”
The dome comes with a special dinner in the private lounge, prepared by a personal chef. You’ll also be treated to a private virtual performance from Mariah Carey on Zoom, and $5,000 in spending credit to use before your stay along NYC’s famous Fifth Avenue or at Times Square’s shops. And when the time comes to see the ball drop, you can watch the whole thing from the terrace as it will happen just a few feet away from your cozy bed.
At the end of the night, you’ll go to sleep in the clear geodesic dome bedroom fitted with a queen-sized bed and some plushy seats, with unrivaled views of New York City. As a souvenir, you’ll receive a piece of crystal from this year’s Waterford crystal ball design.
It might be the cheapest Times Square experience around, at just $21 (in reference to the new year). Bookings open on December 21 for the one-night stay on the 31st, and only two guests (NYC residents only) from the same household can reserve it.