www.nytimes.com—How to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Times Square: Arrive early, dress warm and use the restroom before you get there. Also: how to plunge into the Coney Island water.
New York Today: N.Y. Today: How the Federal Government Shutdown Affects New York City. Museums and historical sites are closed, employees working without pay, no panda cam to watch. Also: Our mayor speaks of his love for “The Simpsons.”