There was no clear winner of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, after Hurricane Sandy brought major flooding, and the ground zero exhibit for “9/11 isn’t the cause of 9/11” changed venues several times last summer, causing various organizers to scramble for cash and time. And now for this past year: W
Most revelers in Times Square showed no signs of health problems, according to a post that’s been on the downtown site for a week, which suggests the quarantines and other concerns surrounding the area that the Health Department issued in February were not as severe as they sound. For the most part, people were perfectly fine with the New Year’s festivities, including one woman who sneaked onto the place to rub the ring of Times Square’s iconic ball with her bare hands. The post, by spotter Paz Epstein and photographer Annie Leibovitz, says that women were free to linger in areas designated by city officials to drop their pants, and that there was a stark difference from the coldest year.
But at one point the post reports, large crowds that had been drinking all night rushed into the south end of the block of Sixth Avenue, with more than a dozen people apparently becoming unconscious and having to be treated by emergency responders. “There was a significant increase in ER visits, as well as arrests, at the south end of the block.”
Epstein and Leibovitz say that people usually want to give New Year’s an aura of danger, as happened at Times Square in 1969, and that in recent years partygoers have brought in more small animals, which are, of course, less likely to get hit by falling objects.
The Mayor’s Council is doing the opposite, they say, letting rally goers drop buckets on one another to collect money, as opposed to donating it to a specific cause.