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December 30, 2002
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES CITY'S
FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION IN TIMES SQUARE
Lowering of New Year's Eve Ball Continues
Tradition Begun in 1907
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and Times Square Business Improvement District President Tim Tompkins today encouraged people to celebrate New Year's Eve in a safe and responsible manner. The Mayor announced the street closings in the Times Square area and gave important tips for attending the festivities, which will culminate with the lowering of the New Year's Eve Ball at the stroke of midnight.
"Every New Year's Eve, the eyes of the world focus on New York City," Mayor Bloomberg said. "Our Police Department is world renowned for providing security at large events and those attending the ball lowering at Times Square are in for a night they will never forget. Also, everyone should be aware of the traffic restrictions and use public transportation possible. Dress warmly and celebrate responsibly and I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year."
4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Times Square will be closed to vehicle traffic.
Attendees will be directed by police officers to gather in separate
viewing sections. As one section fills up, people will be directed
to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers continue
to fill Times Square along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown
from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park. People will not be permitted
to return to their area if they leave.
No parking in the following areas from 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 31, until 1:00 a.m. on January 1:
At approximately 4:00 p.m. the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:
After 5:00 p.m. the remainder of the traffic closures will be instituted as crowd conditions warrant:
People are advised to use public transportation. In the event that they must bring a vehicle into Manhattan, on street parking will be extremely limited in the Midtown area. People should avoid all cross-town streets from 34th to 59th Streets, as well as Sixth and Eighth Avenues. Suggested alternatives for cross-town traffic include 23rd Street and the Central Park Transverse Roads at 65th and 66th Streets.
General information is available by calling (212) 768-1560 or by visiting the Times Square Visitors Center located on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets, which is open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.