i got an email from Assistant Vice President for Admissions and this is what it says: You must still take the appropriate steps to submit your Common Application to NYU. If you are unable to do so by our deadline, January 1 at 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time), we will be unable to consider you for admission - even if you submitted your application fee and NYU Supplement.
Do not mind that. They are simply saying that you have until 11:59 p.m. eastern time to submit your essay. However if your on the West Coast like myself you should turn your application in no later than eight o'clock pm.