Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year's Eve

Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year's Eve

Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year's Eve

Revelers in New York's Times Square are contending with rain drops and a bit of price gouging ahead of the New Year's Eve ball drop. About 1 billion people total will watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve 2019.

Dan + Shay, Bastille and New Kids On The Block will perform medleys of their hit songs on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve", and singer songwriter Bebe Rexha will perform John Lennon's "Imagine" before the 60-second countdown to the midnight ball drop.

Event organizers did a mock countdown and flipped a giant switch that turned on the lights of the flashy ball that is comprised of 32,000 Philips LED lights and more than 2,000 Waterford crystals. "Times Square itself is the ultimate agora and public space", he added, noting that the area was named after the New York Times, and that it was a Times publisher, Adolph Ochs, who began the tradition of the ball drop in 1907.

At 10 p.m., Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery and Pete Hegseth will co-host "All-American New Year" live from Times Square.

Janette Masson, 29, said she preferred this year's rain to last year's bone-chilling cold.

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Umbrellas were banned as part of the tight security plan, police said, reflecting concern over the possibility of random attacks. Directv Now: Like Hulu and YouTube, DirectvNow also offers a one-week free trial where you can stream the event. "It's NY", she said - but the hours of waiting were turning it into a bit of a disappointment. That did not faze the huddled masses in Times Square.

"When we watch it on TV, it looks so much fun, there's so much animation", said Brenkel, who was attending the festivities with two friends. In addition to 7,000 officers, 1,200 fixed cameras, bomb-sniffing dogs, and 200 sand-filled blocker trucks, NYPD will be flying a drone over the crowd to watch out for criminal activity. Police had planned to send up a drone to keep an eye on the festivities, but officials scrapped that idea because of the rain.

"You have to come here in person", she said before applying lipstick and asking a stranger to take her picture on her cellphone. Then, the New Year's Eve coverage will resume.

"This is probably up there with my wedding day", Shivaraj said.

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