Celebrations

Tens of Thousands Gather in Times Square

Tens of thousands gathered in Times Square to ring in the New Year, coming from far and wide, most standing for hours to watch the ball drop at midnight. The crystal ball, in case you were wondering, weighs more than 11,000 pounds, according to CNN. The city also released one ton of confetti. Police spent Friday securing the popular landmark, including sealing all manhole covers, setting up 17 miles of barricades, and installing sensors to detect chemical, biological, and radioactive materials. There are no specific threats against the city this year.