A show of light and color in New York. People celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square again after a year of hiatus

A show of light and color in New York. People celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square again after a year of hiatus
A show of light and color in New York. People celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square again after a year of hiatus

Despite the Omicron variant and the new wave of the Covid pandemic in New York, the inhabitants of the “city that never sleeps” celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square again. Last year, after extremely difficult months in the US, the world-famous event was held in an almost empty market.

This year, Mayor Bill de Blasio kept his promise to hold the New Year’s Eve party in Times Square again and, at 23:59 local time, started the countdown before entering the new year, reports AFP. The party was held in front of a limited number of spectators, only 15,000 people, instead of the usual 60,000 who participated, and all participants this year had to meet two conditions: to be vaccinated with a complete vaccine against the new coronavirus and to he wears sanitary masks.

New Yorkers celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Photo: Profimedia Images

New Year’s Times Square globe tradition

As every year, it took 60 seconds for a 20-meter-high geodesic sphere to come down from the top of a pillar, covered with crystal plates, with a diameter of 3.5 meters and a weight of over five tons. In the second half of the year 2022, the globe in Times Square went out to give way to a short fireworks display, to the applause, cheers and hugs of the partygoers.

Traditionally, more than 1.3 tons of confetti containing New Year’s messages were thrown from the roofs of Times Square buildings.

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Following the sharp rise in the number of Omicron infections in recent weeks and the fear of reliving the nightmare of 2020, when New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States, the US Metropolitan City Hall is betting this time on vaccination and testing, writes the source quoted by Agerpres.

On Friday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that more than 76,500 people had tested positive for the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, out of a total of 340,000 tests performed, setting a new record for the US state with 20 of millions of inhabitants. Nearly 8,000 patients are currently in New York hospitals.

New York partygoers have been gathering since Friday afternoon in this iconic New York market square, where the New Year has been celebrated since the beginning of the 20th century.

Times Square, at the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street, is lit day and night by theaters and cabaret companies, neon signs and huge billboards, which have given New York the reputation of a “never-sleeping city.” However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cultural and economic capital of the United States has not yet regained the legendary effervescence it had before the onset of the current global health crisis.

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