NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 1:47 PM
Here comes 2016!
Times Square is set to host 1 million people celebrating New Year’s Eve Thursday night in the famous Midtown bowtie.
Organizers expect to let loose over a ton of confetti with mild winds and temperatures in the mid-30s. The Waterford crystal ball will rise to the top of a 77-foot flagpole at One Times Square on Broadway and 43rd St. at 6 p.m.
The 11,875 Pound New Year’s Eve ball is powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED’s and is embellished by the Ball’s 2,688 Waterford Crystals.
Those not wishing to make the trip can watch the festivities through the Livestream webcast or several mobile apps. Those present near Times Square should know that the expected 6,000 uniformed police officers will be blocking off Broadway and Seventh Ave from traffic and pedestrian crossings.
A man poses in 2016 glasses with two NYPD officers in Times Square ahead of the ball drop.
“The best advice we can give is to get there as early as possible,” the Times Square Alliance noted on its website. “We cannot predict how quickly the viewing areas will fill up. Prime viewing areas may fill up early in the afternoon.”
British pop star Jessie J is slated to headline the many musical performances, and she’ll be leading the traditional singing of John Lennon’s “Imagine” just before 2016. Anderson Cooper, Bill Nye and Mayor Bill de Blasio will also make appearances, according to a schedule on the Alliance’s website.
Some 200,000 revelers first rang in the New Year at Times Square in 1904 in commemoration of The New York Times’ then-new headquarters. The newspaper’s owner, Adolph Ochs, arranged in 1907 for an illuminated 700-pound iron and wood ball ball to be lowered from the building’s flagpole after the city banned a fireworks display.
Tonight’s Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is a 12-foot, 11,875-pound geodesic sphere covered with 2,688 crystal triangles and 32,256 LED lights. It will drop 70 feet in 60 seconds starting at 11:59 p.m.
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