Times Square New Year's Eve
December 31, 2014
Every December 31, 1 million people crowd into the heart of Manhattan to ring in the New Year and watch the crystal ball drop from the One Times Square tower. The celebration in Times Square dates back to 1904, with the first held to commemorate the official opening of the new headquarters of The New York Times. The paper of record moved out of the tower a decade later, but by then the tradition had firmly taken root. In 1948, CBS broadcast the first televised celebration, which today attracts more than 20 million viewers. The evening features musical performances, fireworks and a classic shower of confetti at the stroke of midnight. The best places to watch usually fill up hours before the New Year—the dedicated usually arrive at 43rd Street and Broadway at 3 p.m. As sections fill up, police officers seal them off, and crowds can reach all the way to Seventh Avenue and 59th Street.