- It happens every New Year's Eve at midnight: a big, shiny ball drops from the top of Times Square to the cheers of the crowd in the streets below. This event attracts hundreds of thousands of partygoers willing to stand for hours and brave the cold, the lack of toilets and the rampant pickpocketry. For these revelers, there is nowhere else to be at midnight on New Year's Eve. The lucky ones have hotel rooms, offices or apartments from which they can safely view the festivities. In recent years, the city has ramped up police presence and the enforcement of its no-alcohol rule. Admission is free.
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