It's still 10 hours and 27 minutes before midnight strikes in New York but Times Square is already abuzz with revelers wanting to take their coveted spots - and patiently wait that long- for the biggest New Year's Eve party this side of the world. Meanwhile, folks in the Far East are already waking up to a new year, with many either nursing bad hang-overs or feeling giddy from having not slept at all.
On top of this towering building called One Times Square is an enlarged pole upon which a Waterford crystal ball with energy-efficient LED lights will be hoisted later at 6 PM and descend at 11:59 PM. The ball has remained a permanent "tourist" fixture at mid-point on the pole since early this year.
Part of NYPD's job is security and crowd control. This afternoon, policemen above start putting up barricades that will divide Times Square into sections where revelers will be allowed into. And once you're in, you lose your spot if you decide to go out and pee.
As part of security precautions, a man-hole gets sealed with something that looks like tar. Even garbage bins are removed. No one is allowed with backpacks or bags past security checkpoints. Security is definitely tight.
Corporate sponsors are doling out these for revelers to use ringing in the new year later. Even details such as air-worthiness of confetti to be used at midnight were tested yesterday.