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Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop Going Virtual

September 24, 2020

To perhaps nobody's surprise, the annual New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square--which typically draws a packed, shoulder-to-shoulder crowd--is going virtual for 2020. "One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year," the Times Square Alliance tweeted. "Times Square New Year's Eve 2021 is happening visually, virtually, safely." Plans are still coming together for what that might look like, although they do stress the ball will drop as per usual to ring in 2021. According to TMZ, Alliance President Tim Tompkins said this year's events will have "significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings," while Mayor Bill de Blasio added, "A new year means a fresh start, and we’re excited to celebrate."