At the time of the first New Year’s celebration in Times Square, Theodore Roosevelt was president, the New York Yankees were still known as the New York Highlanders, and it had been less than a decade since Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the eastern Bronx had been annexed to New York City.
The ball is comprised of nearly 2,700 Waterford crystals and 32, 256 LED lights and weighs 12,000 pounds – nearly six tons.
When asked whether the unlucky number of 13 in the coming year was something to be concerned about, a resounding 97 percent of respondents answered, ‘who cares.’
The New Year’s confetti that blankets Times Square at the start of every year has been put to the test, and is now ready to go airborne.
Queens residents will have to find another way to get around, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority begins scheduled service disruptions on the 7 Subway line.
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Hundreds lines up to toss their memories into the giant paper shredder between 43rd and 44th Streets.
There will be no service on the 7 line between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square from 11:45 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he’ll be joined by the high-kicking Rockettes for the Times Square crystal ball drop on New Year’s Eve.
Holidays sales numbers so far have been disappointing, but people appear to be ready for the post-Christmas bargains, and even the tourists know to wait if they want to save money.
To quell the fears of superstitious revelers, the number will be surrounded by 13 good luck charms, including a four-leaf clover and a Buddha statue, to combat it’s unlucky reputation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said at a bail hearing that Raees Alam Qazi, 20, researched bomb-making techniques on Internet sites affiliated with al Qaeda, including one using Christmas tree lights, and the FBI recorded phone calls and conversations linking Qazi to a purported “lone wolf” plot.
A New York City police officer was struck and injured by a car in Times Square Tuesday evening.
“The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you,’” Foster said in a post on the NYPD’s Facebook page.
Indictments have been handed down in the case of 105 pounds of cocaine seized near a Times Square hotel last month.
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