Massive sand trucks added to NYC's New Year's Eve security plans

Maxine SotoDec 31, 2016

Everybody knows that the eyes of the world are upon Times Square on New Year's Eve.

The bulletin goes on to state there are no specific or credible threats to the annual Times Square celebration.

Although it will not be exceptionally cold during the day on Saturday, people standing outdoors for several hours in anticipation of midnight will certainly want to wear their winter clothing.

Nearly 2 million people are expected to pack into New York's Times Square to ring in 2017 by watching the ball drop, and millions more will watch on television.

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The event has changed multiple times during the last century - including the dimming of the ball due to wartime restrictions in 1942 and 1943 - but continues today, drawing as many as a million people to the ball drop ceremony on December 31.

The NYPD is planning to surround the Times Square New Year's celebration with more than 150 trucks to protect the expected 2 million revelers from a Nice- or Berlin-style attack.

"On New Year's Eve, you will see extraordinary assets deployed by the NYPD", Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Wishes fall from the sky In a tradition started a year ago, "wish-fetti" will be released when the ball drops. This year, she said the stage is on Stanwix Street and that should open up better views.

How about other livestream options? NBC will continue to play their part by hosting its traditional broadcast, kicking things off at 11:30 p.m. EST. They also saw a little bit of light rain...

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When New Year's Eve is a party of one (or two, if you count the dozing hubby in the recliner), choosing the right host (or tag team) is of crucial vibe-defining importance.

Leading up the broadcast will be the CNN program "All the Best, All the Worst 2016" which will air at 7 p.m.

Crews installed 288 Waterford crystal triangles onto the ball Tuesday. The original ball debuted in 1907, measured 5 feet in diameter, and weighed 700 pounds - likely because it was made of wood and iron.

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