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New Year’s Eve Celebration In New York City

Times Square, New Years Eve

Times Square, New Years Eve

NYC & Company, the offi­cial mar­ket­ing, tourism and part­ner­ship orga­ni­za­tion for New York City, announced activ­i­ties sur­round­ing the 2009 New Year’s Eve fes­tiv­i­ties. The year-end cel­e­bra­tion brings hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple to Times Square, one of the most famous gath­er­ing spots in the world. As vis­i­tors and res­i­dents watch the world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball descend from the flag­pole atop One Times Square at mid­night on the last day of the year, the eyes of the world are squarely on New York City.

There is no more excit­ing place to be on New Year’s Eve than Times Square in New York City—and rev­el­ers will find even more space to spread out, with this year’s clo­sure of Times Square to traf­fic,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is a 12-foot geo­desic sphere weigh­ing 11,875 pounds. Covered in 2,668 Waterford crys­tals and pow­ered by 32,256 Philips LUXEON Rebel LED lights, the ball is capa­ble of cre­at­ing a palette of more than 16 mil­lion vibrant col­ors and bil­lions of pat­terns, pro­duc­ing a spec­tac­u­lar kalei­do­scopic effect atop One Times Square. The ball has been on dis­play since Jan. 1, 2009, and is a year-round attrac­tion for vis­i­tors from around the world.

More than 100 mil­lion tele­vi­sion view­ers in the United States and more than 1 bil­lion world­wide are expected to watch the ball drop, bring­ing even more vis­i­bil­ity to the Crossroads of the World.

The sched­ule for the New Year’s Eve fes­tiv­i­ties is as follows:


The Revelers

Revelers start arriv­ing late in the after­noon on New Year’s Eve. By approx­i­mately 4pm, the “bow tie” of Times Square (42nd–47th Streets, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue) becomes a focal point for the fes­tiv­i­ties. The NYPD will direct rev­el­ers to gather in sep­a­rate view­ing sec­tions. As one sec­tion fills up, police will direct new arrivals to the next sec­tion. As the evening pro­gresses, rev­el­ers con­tinue to fill the Times Square neigh­bor­hood along Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and as far north as Central Park.

6–6:03 pm

Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The cel­e­bra­tion begins with the light­ing and rais­ing of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square.


The 60-Second Countdown

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Times Square 2010 spe­cial guest (to be announced) will push the Waterford crys­tal but­ton that sig­nals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the 60-second count­down to the New Year atop the Countdown Stage at Duffy Square (the cen­ter island from Broadway to Seventh Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets).


2010 Sign

At the stroke of mid­night, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numer­als “2010” are illu­mi­nated high above Times Square.

Several events will take place lead­ing up to the ball drop, including:

Confetti Wishing Wall–The Confetti Wishing Wall will be at the Times Square Information Center, located at Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets). New Year’s Eve is a time when peo­ple of every back­ground come together to express a col­lec­tive hope for renewal; a yearn­ing for a bet­ter per­sonal or global future can some­times take the form of res­o­lu­tions or wishes. With that in mind, vis­i­tors to the Information Center are invited to write their wishes and res­o­lu­tions for 2010 on pieces of paper, which will be dis­played on the wall. For those who can­not make it to Times Square to add their wishes, a vir­tual wall has been cre­ated at At mid­night on December 31, the wish papers will become part of the con­fetti that rains down on the City. (Note: spe­cific dates of Confetti Wishing Wall to be posted at

Good Riddance Day—The co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square (Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment) are invit­ing the pub­lic to say good-bye, once and for all, to those bad mem­o­ries at the third annual Good Riddance Day. Shredders will be avail­able for use in Duffy Square so every­one can dis­card their dis­taste­ful, embar­rass­ing and down­right depress­ing mem­o­ries from 2009. (Note: spe­cific date of Good Riddance Day to be posted at

For those seek­ing other New Year’s Eve enter­tain­ment options beyond Times Square, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is offer­ing a New Year’s Eve party cruise, which includes a full open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a non­stop DJ, party favors and a cham­pagne toast at mid­night. Tickets for the three-hour cruise are $120 (must be 18 for the cruise, and 21 to drink alco­hol). For more infor­ma­tion, click on the ”spe­cial events” sec­tion of

If a New Year’s Eve run around Central Park appeals to you, check out the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, hosted by New York Road Runners. There will be a DJ and danc­ing at 10pm, a cos­tume parade and con­test at 11pm, and fire­works and a four-mile race at mid­night. More infor­ma­tion can be found at

Brooklyn res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can take part in the borough’s largest New Year’s Eve party at Grand Army Plaza, which will include fire­works and live music. The best view­ing loca­tions for the fire­works are within Grand Army Plaza, along West Drive in Prospect Park, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and Ninth Street. For more infor­ma­tion, go to

For more infor­ma­tion about vis­it­ing New York City, check out the City’s offi­cial tourism web­site at

Photo by Kenya Allmond

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