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New Year’s Eve revelers pack NYC’s Times Square under tight security

New Year’s Eve revelers pack NYC’s Times Square under tight security

A woman is searched by a New York Police Department officer as she enters a pen to wait for the beginning of New Year's Eve festivities in the Times Square area of New York

More than a million people were expected to crowd into New York City’s Times Square under heavy security on Thursday to celebrate the arrival of 2016 with the traditional dropping of the New Year’s Eve crystal ball. With memories of the deadly attacks in Paris and California still fresh, police took extraordinary measures to ensure security at an event that has come to define the New York experience for many visitors to the largest U.S. city. “This is the center of the world on New Year’s Eve,” said Rick Milley, 60, who traveled from Boston with his wife, Debbie, 59, to ring in the new year in Times Square.

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