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Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration

Time Square Crowd December 31, 2002

Going to see the ball drop in Times Square? Here are some things to know:

- Use mass transit! Drivers should expect traffic delays, and gridlock at bridges and tunnels.
- Avoid driving in midtown on New Year's Eve.
- Backpacks and large bags are prohibited.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Property may not be abandoned at checkpoints.
- Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to gain entry to their original viewing area.
- Expect delays getting into the Times Square area on foot.
- All visitors must go through metal detectors.
- Large screens will be set up in Times Square for those who cannot get close to the ball drop location at 43rd Street and Broadway.

Street Closures
Beginning at 3:30 pm on Sunday, December 31, Times Square will be closed to vehicle traffic. Attendees will be directed by Police Officers to gather in separate viewing sections. When one section fills up, people will be directed to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers will continue to fill Times Square along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to Central Park. Times Square will remain closed until 3:00 am.

At approximately 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 31, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:
- Seventh Avenue, from 37th to 57th Streets;
- Broadway, from 37th to 57th Streets;
- 37th to 57th Streets, from Broadway to Seventh Avenue.
- Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue will be closed as needed.
All areas will remain closed until 2:00 am.

People are strongly advised to use public transportation. 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.

Drunk Driving Enforcement
The NYPD will continue its drunk driving enforcement on New Year's Eve through DWI patrols and checkpoints throughout the City.

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