‘We’re All Wearing Diapers’: Shocking New Year’s Eve Truth

There are only a handful of cities with celebrations so spectacular on New Year’s Eve that they’ve built an international reputation on it.

At the top of the list, arguably, is Sydney – for it’s magnificent and world-class fireworks display on the city’s sparkling harbour.

Perhaps the most iconic, however, is the ball drop in New York’s Times Square – otherwise known as “the Crossroads of the World”.

It’s where some two million people pack the streets in the core of the Big Apple up to 16 hours before the clock strikes midnight. They come for the spectacle: a free concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars; an illuminated ball that drops from above a high-rise building, marking the end of one year and the start of the next; and an explosion of confetti, with handwritten wishes written on each piece from members of the public, fluttering through the skies above the bustling streets. To be a part of it and feel the electricity in person is on the bucket list of many people all over the world. The celebration is so popular that revellers arrive in the morning to secure prime position before it fills up and police block access.

But there’s a catch that most tourists who flock to the city for New Year’s Eve are largely unaware of: There are no bathroom facilities. Zilch. No Portaloos, no public rest rooms, and no access to restaurant or bar facilities for non-customers. And in a place so packed that it can take hours just to shuffle from one block to the next – and that’s outside of police pen “lock-in” periods – it’s a discovery many revellers don’t make until it’s too late.

Those privy to the set-up, however, have a secret: adult nappies.

New Year's Eve fireworks display over Times Square, New York, USA.
New Year’s Eve fireworks display over Times Square, New York, USA.

It’s said that the streets of New York City will “make you feel brand new” – a line immortalised in Alicia Keys’ hit song Empire State of Mind.

Just don’t expect to get that on New Year’s Eve when the streets are lined with thousands of adults wetting their “diapers” and thousands more urinating directly onto the street.

“So far, it’s dry, and I’m hoping to keep it that way,” nappy-wearing Dallas teacher Heather Feist, 33, who began lining up at 9.30am, told the NY Post at last year’s event.

Others were not so lucky.

“I’ll definitely need to shower after peeing my pants all day,” Ayame Yamakawa, 22, told the newspaper after travelling 22 hours from Okinawa, Japan, just for New Year’s Eve this time last year.

She had already wet herself once by 2.41pm after lining up at 10am, according to The Post.

 

Crowds celebrate new year on Times Square, NYC. Picture: iStock
Crowds celebrate new year on Times Square, NYC. Picture: iStock

 

The celebration lights up New York. Picture: iStock
The celebration lights up New York. Picture: iStock

At a previous NYE street celebration in Times Square, Jeryl Lippe, from New Jersey, got a bad case of karma after she smuggled vodka into the alcohol-free zone inside a water bottle. She didn’t eat anything other than a breakfast bagel and didn’t have her illicit drink until the end of the day, she told local The Post. But, “by the time it was turning midnight, I had drunk a lot and was desperate to go to the bathroom,” she continued. “I tried to find some place to go – hotels, restaurants,” she said, but she was denied.

Chuck Pappas travelled from interstate for NYE at the “Crossroads of the World” in 2014, at the time telling Business Insider: “We have Red Bull, energy shots, lots of snacks, water, playing cards, we’re all wearing several layers and … we’re all wearing diapers.”

Brian Alvarado, from Westchester, New York, last year recalled how one of his friends gave up and urinated in the street, adding, “I’ve heard stories of people who wear (adult) diapers.”

 

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Tales of Rock: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, 75, goes unnoticed as he takes the subway in New York.

He’s one of the greatest legends in music having amassed a net worth of $310 million.

And Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters has proven he is still down-to-earth despite his enormous fortune, as he took the subway in Downtown Manhattan on Wednesday.

The former bassist, 75, cut a solo figure as he went relatively unnoticed by commuters on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line.

Relaxed: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, 75, has proven he is still down-to-earth despite his $310 million net worth, as he was spotted riding the subway in Downtown Manhattan on Wednesday

Roger opted for a casual all-black ensemble as he sat alone in the subway car, with commuters barely taking any notice as he joined them on their journey.

Taking off his reading glasses, Roger cut a relaxed figure as he joined the residents of New York on the ride, and appeared to be sporting a small plaster on his nose.

The star has amassed a staggering net worth of $310 million (£247 million) thanks to a hugely successful solo career, and his self-owned companies Roger Waters Music UK and Roger Waters Music Overseas.

Casual: The British music legend went relatively unnoticed by commuters, as he donned a simple all-black ensemble for the outing

Out and about: This is not the first time Roger has been spotting riding the subway, as it appears the star prefers to shun luxury travel

Roger parted ways with Pink Floyd in 1985 and the original lineup of Roger, Richard Wright, David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason reunited for the first time in 24 years for the Live 8 concert in London in 2005, just three years before Richard’s death.

Appearing in front of a packed house at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last year, Roger hinted that his Australia tour may be his last.

‘I was looking at the schedule and thinking this may be the last time I ever come through Australia,’ he told the crowd, according to news.com.au.

He continued: ‘I won’t get the chance, probably to talk to people in Brisbane again for the rest of my life. One has to remember there is a finality to all of this.’

Iconic: Roger (seen here far left) was member of Pink Floyd with Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright until he parted ways with the band in 1985 (above in 1967)

Healing: The Another Brick In The Wall hitmaker sported a small plaster on his nose as he relaxed on the train ride

Solo artist: As well as Pink Floyd, Roger has amassed his fortune through his solo career, and his self-owned companies Roger Waters Music UK and Roger Waters Music Overseas

Last year, Roger reflected on the acrimonious relationship between himself and keyboard player Richard Wright.

Appearing on The Project, Roger was quickly drawn by host and fan Waleed Aly to discuss the bad blood that developed between the pair – 10 years after Richard died from cancer.

With Pink Floyd’s in-fighting well known in the annals of rock and roll, Roger and guitarist David Gilmour famously fired Richard during the recording of their seminal album The Wall in 1979.

Travel man: After exiting the subway tunnel at Spring Street station, Roger appeared to be focused on his phone.

 

 

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