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Times Square cleanup underway after New Year's bash

Jim Dolan reports from Times Square.
January 1, 2014 5:26:58 AM PST
A massive cleanup is underway, after an estimated million people rang in 2014 together in Times Square.

As soon as the crowds moved out after the ball dropped, a small army of sanitation workers moved in, working to clear more than 50 tons of confetti and noisemakers.

The Department of Sanitation utilized 156 workers, with 24 mechanical sweepers, 22 collection trucks and 70 leaf blowers for the big job of cleaning up after the world's biggest party.

There was heavy security for this year's celebration, with most of Midtown shut down across the West Side.

A sea of people from all over the world packed into the streets to see the crystal ball drop.

Many of them arrived 12 hours or more in advance to watch the festivities.

Revelers braved the coldest New Year's Eve in the last five years with temperatures in the mid-20's.

The famous New Year's Eve ball weighed 11,875 pounds and contained about 2,600 Waterford crystals. They formed a brand new design called "Gift of Imagination".

It was inspired by a sketch by a 12-year old patient at St. Jude Children's Hospital. The giant ball was lit from within by more than 32,000 lights.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx native, led the final 60-second countdown and pushed the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the New Year's Eve ball.

"She is an inspiration to everyone determined to achieve their dreams in 2014," said Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, which runs the event.


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