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Here Are The Streets That Will Be Closed For Grand Park's New Year's Eve Celebration

Grand Park. (Photo by Steve Rhodes via the Creative Commons)
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Ready for the calendar to change after the endless trainwreck that was 2016? Yeah, me too.For the fourth year in a row, the epicenter of New Year's partying in L.A. will be at downtown's Grand Park with a celebration called N.Y.E.L.A. There will be a countdown projected onto City Hall, three stages of live music, plenty of food, and thousands of Angelenos partying. Officials estimate that 50,000 will descend on Grand Park this Saturday evening.

Because the party will span several blocks this weekend, it comes with the requisite street closures one expects. Here are the streets to avoid, beginning on Friday evening at 7 p.m.:

  • Spring Street between Temple and 2nd streets
  • N. Broadway between Temple and 2nd streets
  • Hill Street between Temple and 2nd streets
  • Olive Street between 1st and 2nd streets
  • 1st Street between Grand Avenue and Main Street

Grand Avenue, between Temple and 1st streets will close starting at 11:30 p.m. on Friday night. All streets will reopen at noon on Sunday.

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Street closures or not, getting there will be a hassle. The easiest way to get to N.Y.E.L.A. will be taking the Red or Purple lines and disembarking at the Metro Civic Center/Grand Park station, dropping you off in the heart of the party. Gold Line riders can disembark at Little Tokyo/Arts District and walk over. Best of all, rides are free from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year's morning.

Cyclists won't be able to bring their bikes in, but complimentary bike valet will be available at 2nd and Hill streets. If you're already downtown, you can takeMetro's Bike Share to N.Y.E.L.A. And now through New Year's Day, you can use the promo code 112017 to get a Bike Share ride for only $1. Also, take note that people using ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft will be asked to use the designated drop-off and pick-up area at 1st and Main streets (111 N Los Angeles St., 90012 if you need an address for the app).

And while N.Y.E.L.A. sounds like it will be one heck of a party, do remember that it is all-ages and meant for families. This means it will be a dry event with no alcohol being sold and none allowed in. Other prohibited items include chairs, coolers, firecrackers, selfie sticks, weapons and drones. Click here for more information on what you can and can't bring in to N.Y.E.L.A.

For more information on the event, including a list of food vendors, click here for their official website. Click here for a schedule (.pdf) of performers.