With around a million people packed into 18 city blocks of New York City, revelers rang in 2011 with the historic ball drop in Times Square. Concerts, live television remotes and celebrities were on hand to guide the celebration to its defining moment.
There were many bright spots in Times Square, based upon the two broadcast networks covering the event. Other moments were annoying but in general it appeared everyone had a great time.
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Both ABC and NBC had live coverage. ABC featured Ryan Seacrest in the booth and Jenny McCarthy as a mobile reporter. NBC showcased Carson Daly with Natalie Morales roving in the crowd. ABC also has a short segment with Dick Clark toward the actual countdown.
Dick Clark kissing his wife is always a favorite moment for me and makes me teary-eyed. I always wish my wife and I have such a touching and loving relationship well into our 70s and 80s. Clark spending his iconic New Year’s with his wife needs to go on as long as possible. Despite suffering a stroke in 2004 which has slurred his speech, Clark is still there, as he has been for 39 years.
Another favorite moment of mine was the husband of Natalie Morales on NBC. When she shared her moment with her new husband, they both stated to each other how happy they were. Then her husband said the most profound thing for 2011. He is looking forward to the new decade as being one of equality for everyone. He called it “the decade of equality.” With so much economic uncertainty going into 2011 and the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military, the next decade may well be the great equalizer both socially and economically.
The only snafus regarding cleanup of the event revolved around the weather. Crews were busy cleaning up tons of snow earlier in the week and afterward they had around 40 tons of trash to clean up. NY1.com reports dozens of sanitation workers will be working to remove all of the leftover confetti and other trash in Times Square.
Because of the unusually warm weather, in the low 40s at midnight, people tended to stay out later instead of heading in for warmth as soon as the clock struck midnight. It hampered clean up efforts, but only a little–with a huge city such as New York, the sanitation department can handle it.
Everyone celebrating seemed to forget the lack of snow removal, which had plagued the city only days before as warm weather greeted revelers. At 42 degrees at midnight, it was warmer in New York City than it was in my hometown of Branson, Mo., which was in the low 20s when the six-ton Waterford crystal ball struck midnight E.T.
Because New York City is starting off the new year on such high spirits, hopefully it will continue to the rest of the United States and the world for the rest of 2011. The economy is getting better, the recession is over and hopefully we can return to normal lives this year.
Happy New Year, everyone!
NY1 News, “Sanitation Workers Clean Up 40 Tons of Times Square Trash.”