How to Watch Times Square New Year's Ball Drop

The Waterford crystal ball from last years celebration is shown atop One Times Square Dec. 27 2015
AP The Waterford crystal ball from last year's celebration is shown atop One Times Square Dec. 27 2015
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31 December, 2016

They analyzed the city's entertainment and food options on New Year's Eve including nightlife options, luxury shopping, New Year's Eve popularity, and so on; NYC ranked 19th here.

Fifty-one percent said they found news stories about the deaths of people at the hands of police officers, or news about ambush attacks on police in three states, to be among the year's most important news events. Not to mention the millions who will watch nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world. At 8 p.m. on CNN, there's Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper celebrating their 10th year of testing the FCC from their perch in Times Square. Performances, interviews with attendees and the iconic ball drop will be aired on the webcast as well.

"Why Times Square on NYE?" This year, she said the stage is on Stanwix Street and that should open up better views.

"We're going to have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world", New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. "But, you know, New Yorkers and a lot of people from out of town come to this event and I think people behave very well that night".

Cold Monday, but Warmer Temperatures Ahead
The temperatures won't be quite as cold where low clouds linger and the best chance for that sets up east of I-65. We expect mostly sunny skies and very comfortable temperatures with highs in the mid to upper 40s.

Police officers are planning to require everyone entering Times Square to go through a metal detector and be screened for radiation.

Be prepared for extra security checkpoints all over the Times Square area.

The main "Rockin' Eve" competitor December 31 will be on NBC, which will air "A Toast to 2016!" at 8 p.m., a two-hour special that recaps the year's top stories and events. The ball that will drop Saturday night in the moments leading up to midnight is made from Waterford crystal triangles, illuminated by thousands of LED lights.

In 1906, the city banned fireworks so Ochs arranged to have a large, illuminated seven-hundred-pound iron and wood ball lowered from the tower flagpole precisely at midnight to signal the end of 1907 and the beginning of 1908.


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