NYPD surveillance drone will fly above Times Square on New Year’s Eve

NYPD surveillance drone will fly above Times Square on New Year’s Eve

There are a ton of TV specials airing for New Year's Eve 2018 - 2019 tonight, but there is also a Times Square New Year's Eve Webcast being live streamed.

Officials frequently say that as many as 2 million people will pack New York City's Times Square for New Year's Eve.

A minute before midnight, an invited group of journalists from ABC News, NBC News, the Washington Post, Reuters and other outlets joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in pushing the button that initiates the glittering ball's drop. "Times Square itself is the ultimate agora and public space", he added, noting that the area was named after the New York Times, and that it was a Times publisher, Adolph Ochs, who began the tradition of the ball drop in 1907.

A rainy New Year's Eve in NY has some Times Square revelers ponying up to keep dry, while police are scrapping plans to deploy a drone to keep watch over the crowd for the first time.

She says this year's rain isn't bad compared to past years, when the temperature was below freezing. Nothing in our profession is done alone, however, and our members work hand-in-hand with our law-enforcement partners - including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Police, the MTA Police, and many others - all throughout the year in preparation.




"It was like a true state of pure bliss and unity and love, and it felt like there was no hate in the world", said Brie Dunn, 22, of NY.

"I can deal with it", said Masson's 61-year-old mother, Judy Masson, as she stood in the rain with many hours of waiting still to come. The event went off safely, with no major disruptions, though the rain forced police to cancel plans to deploy a drone to help monitor the crowd.

As has been the case for years, the celebration will take place under tight security, with partygoers checked for weapons and then herded into pens, ringed by metal barricades, where they wait for the stroke of midnight. Vendors charged up to $10 for ponchos that ordinarily sell for $2. Luckily, Netflix has 14 different streamable countdowns to have your own New Year's Eve midnight celebration at any time you want. You can also watch it on Hulu Live TV and YouTube.

Umbrellas are banned for security reasons. Watch above, via the official Times Square website. So every year, a few restaurants in the square make deliveries.

Citing Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill, Bloomberg reported that thousands of NYPD officers on duty during New Year's Eve will mean that nobody "will be more than 10 feet away from a uniformed or undercover plain clothes officer".

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