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Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's Eve in NYC

Times Square should be hopping thursday night.





You know they leave the ball in place all year long now.  You can see it on top of One times Square, along with the "2009" sign.  the new numbers arrived about a week ago, they've been on display at ground level.

2010...guess that means no more of those goofy glasses everyone wore starting in 2000....




anyhow, here's the update on the ball drop:



http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/12/28/2009-12-28_times_sq_new_years_eve_to_be_greener_more_global.html

The razzle-dazzle Times Square New Year's Eve celebration is going more green and global than ever.







The ball got a sparkling makeover Sunday, with the addition of new Waterford crystal triangles etched with ribbons, angel wings and flames to embody this year's theme: Let there be courage.






The ball's 288 crystals will be lit by 32,256 LED lights that can create a kaleidoscope of more than 16 million vivid colors.






The lights replace old halogen bulbs and will last three times longer. What's more is that they use about the same amount of energy it takes to fire up two traditional home ovens.






The New Year's Eve bash will be broadcast live on the Internet starting at 5:50 p.m. on Dec. 31.






The goal is to draw a worldwide audience that can log on to timessquareNYC.org and link up with revelers from their native country who are participating in the festivities in person.






Hardy souls who join the crowd in Times Square to see the ball drop can watch live entertainment on seven LED screens.






Look for screens at the Times Square hub and along Broadway at 43rd, 50th, 52nd and 54th Sts. Two more will be on Seventh Ave., at 43rd and 59th Sts.






"New Year's Eve is the time we look back, we look forward and we celebrate today," said Jeff Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment and co-organizer of Times Square New Year's Eve.






For those looking to cast off bad memories of 2009, there are shredders in Times Square for today's annual "good riddance" event. Everything is fair game, Straus said: "Pictures of ...ex-girlfriends, boyfriends, worthless stock certificates and oversized pants."






Revelers looking for a hope-filled start to the year can post wishes on a Wishing Wall at Broadway and 45th St. The notes will be shredded and used as confetti for the New Year's Eve gala.






"I want to be an actress," reads one post.






"A new job and a new place to find my soul mate," another person wrote.






Janet Pacas, 43, of Yonkers, jotted down her desire to own an El Salvadoran restaurant.






"It is a great feeling to have liberty in the United States," she said with help from her 14-year-old daughter, Jeannette, who translated from Spanish. "Times Square means the security, happiness. The colors, the people are happy and it makes me feel happy."






knelson@nydailynews.com











1 comment:

Amanda said...

That's so cool! I'd like to be in NYC on New Year's Eve - one year after my kids are grown and DH and I can go alone.

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