Friday, August 5 2022

It was the rainiest New Year’s Eve since 1994, but soggy weather couldn’t dampen the celebration in Times Square. Nearly a million (or just tens of thousands?) counted the end of 2018 and welcomed 2019.

Revelers, many of whom had been waiting since 8 a.m. (!) without umbrellas, filled the blocks around Times Square, as did the massive police presence. The NYPD was to launch drones, as part of its new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program, but department chief Terence Monahan announced on Twitter at 5:25 p.m.“The safety of everyone celebrating #NewYearsEve at #TimesSqaure is paramount. Due to rain and wind tonight, our NYPD drones will NOT be in the air.”

There were members of the NYPD embedded in the crowd:

Others were more obviously dressed:

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray pressed the button that signals the descent of the Times Square New Year’s Ball, and guests helping with these honors were journalists, as New Year organizers wanted to pay tribute to freedom of the press. Reporters included Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor, The Washington Post; Rebecca Blumenstein, associate editor, The New York Times; Alisyn Camerota, Anchor, CNN New Day; Vladimir Duthiers, anchor, CBSN and correspondent, CBS News; Edward Felsenthal, editor and CEO of TIME; Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News; Matt Murray, editor, The Wall Street Journal; Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, ABCNews; Maria Ressa, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Rappler; Jon Scott, anchor, Fox Report Weekend; Karen Toulon, editor, Bloomberg News; and Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

After the kisses and chants of “Auld Lang Syne,” the Department of Sanitation got to work cleaning up Times Square:

“New Year’s Eve in New York not only brings millions of people to the Times Square neighborhood, but also tons of debris,” Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said in a statement. “Thanks to a small army of sanitation workers, every last bit of confetti will be quickly cleared away.”

For your information, sanitation workers – if you happen to find an eyeball…

Happy New Year everyone !


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