Our first night in NY, we broke into about 15 groups and dispersed to see 3 different broadway shows. The plan was to rendevouz afterwards about 11pm on the median next to TKS for a photo appointment. We showed up, and it was absolute chaos. It would have been tough enough to keep our kids together if we were alone; BUT there were at least 6 other youth groups with an appointment with the same photographer in the same place. And then the crowd started attracting tourists and hustlers including a guy with a large white python snake under his coat.
The photographer had a small stepladder and a pathetic little bullhorn, and he tried to organize. We shepherded and tried to keep an eye on our individual groups. This night I had mostly freshman women and it was hairraising. It started to drizzle a little, and it got later and later. One of our shows was late getting out, so we ended up going last with the photographer.
This picture came out fabulous, and almost makes all the street-level anxiety worth it! (click on the photo for a high res version on my flickr account).
Because we ran so late, the subways downtown closed for construction on our way back, our group got separated, and stranded, and we had to catch a bus for the final leg to the hotel. The last of us limped in about 1:20am. but thats another story.