I watched the live feed of the ball drop on New Year’s Eve on CNN. The hosts for the evening were Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. They were live in New York together and their banter was great. I loved seeing the great glasses, hats, and signs that people were holding and wearing in Times Square. Every year I look forward to seeing the people who wear the glasses with the new year on them.
I liked how they showed other New Year’s Eve celebrations that were taking place across the country. For example, in Nashville, they drop a guitar instead of a ball. In New Orleans, they had a drag queen named Sushi sit in a shoe and at midnight they dropped the shoe down.
I loved the Twitter questions that Kathy asked Anderson; and he even had his mother Gloria call in and talk to Kathy on air. My favorite part every year is the big countdown from ten to one where we get to celebrate the new year. Kathy was being funny by starting it a half hour early. When it finally happened, and Mayor Bloomberg dropped the ball and people began singing “Auld Lang Syne,” it made me happy. Then people kissed and confetti fell and it felt great that 2010 was finally over and that a new year had finally begun.
According to NY1.com, on Jan. 1, 2011, more than one hundred workers with the New York Sanitation Department descended on Times Square in order to clean up the mess left after the New Year’s Eve celebration. They were using leaf blowers and mechanical sweepers to deal with the debris. Estimates have put the confetti and other debris left behind after the celebration at approximately 40 tons. The workers were working for hours to get everything cleaned up, and by Sunday evening most of it had been cleaned up.
Sanitation employees have had decades of practice at cleaning up the streets of New York after the ball drops at Times Square. The massive Nor’easter made things harder because there was still snow on some of the streets that had not been cleared yet by road crews.
My husband works near Times Square and he said that the streets are pretty clear of debris now. It has been more than two days since New Year’s Eve, and you might see a little confetti here or there, but for the most part, the streets are not littered with debris. The workers got right to work on New Year’s Day about an hour after the ball dropped. They did a great job at getting rid of so much debris.