Journalists Will Press The Times Square Ball Drop Button On New Year's

Larry Hoffman
January 1, 2019

The odd, long year that was 2018 is finally coming to a close, and there's no better way to say goodbye than by watching the Times Square Ball Drop. "This unrivaled collaboration allows us to carry out our shared mission of delivering the safest and most enjoyable event possible, up to and through the ball-drop in Times Square".

The final 60-second countdown happened as a geodesic sphere - 12-feet (3.5-meters) in diameter, covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 LEDs - dropped down a pole.

Who's performing: Look out for performances from Christina Aguilera, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina, Post Malone, New Kids on the Block, Halsey and more.

As always, the celebration is taking place under tight security, with partygoers searched at checkpoints and herded into pens ringed by metal barricades.

Joel Simon, CPJ executive director, said the Times Square Alliance approached his group because of "the perception that journalism and journalists in particular are under threat and their role is being questioned". Umbrellas are banned for security reasons.

Veterans of the celebration said the rain wasn't all that bad, considering past year was one of the coldest on record at 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The drone will surveil the event alongside more than 1,200 cameras in order to assist around 7,000 police officers who will be on duty, according to the. The sparkling ball will descend at midnight - a tradition in Times Square since 1907.

For those who won't be in Times Square for the New Year, they can watch the live stream on CNN's homepage here.

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

Husband and wife Bobby and Shivaraj Dhillon, from Watford, England, kept their spirits high by dancing to music playing over loudspeakers. "Simply put, this is what we do - and New Year's Eve, when the eyes of the world are on us, is certainly no exception".

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

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