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2020 does have a silver lining: you won’t need to stock up on adult diapers to bid it adieu from Times Square.
The numbers 2021 were wheeled into the Crossroads of the World Monday, giving New Yorkers a chance to see them in person before they are hoisted atop One Times Square for the annual ball drop.
That iconic event will be very impersonal this year, as officials have urged the hundreds of thousands of people who usually congregate in Times Square to stay home and watch the festivities on television.
“We are trying to find new ways to carry on old traditions in a safe environment. We’re looking to do something from Times Square that people can watch from the safety and comfort of their home,”said Tom Harris of the Times Square Alliance.
The celebration won’t be completely virtual. A select audience will be invited to watch the ball drop from 40 pods along the Great White Way.
“We’re looking for ways to celebrate the courage and creativity of the people in 2020 and the heroes of 2020. We’re going to invite people to Times Square, health care workers, maybe scientists, people that have helped us get through 2020,” Harris explained.
As always, New Yorkers are invited to write down their grievances on Good Riddance Day, a Dec. 28 annual event where people can write down “unpleasant, embarrassing, and downright unwanted memories” to be shredded into confetti that falls from the sky as the clock strikes midnight.
With homebound people all over the city and country full of bad memories of 2020, the Times Square Alliance is hosting that event virtually as well, and asking for the grievances to be submitted digitally.
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