Although COVID has hit New York again, the “never-sleeping city” is preparing to celebrate the New Year with its famous ball, its countdown and confetti release in iconic Times Square in the heart of Manhattan.
On December 31, 2020, after the terrible months of the coronavirus epidemic, the world-famous color and music show took place in an almost empty square.
This year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio – who won Eric Adams on January 1 – promised the party would take place, but there were only 15,000 people in Times Square instead of 60,000, all masked and vaccinated.
Especially as an African-American couple from Memphis (Tennessee): “Watching the ball release is our dream and we’ve been vaccinated for it,” AFPTV agreed with Crony Spokes.
“At first glance, we did not intend to be vaccinated, but when we read the rules of the health authorities, we did so to get here,” the young woman noted.
New York City and the state are betting on vaccinations and testing, with fears of an increase in the Omicron variant pollution in recent weeks and a recurrence of the nightmare when the New York Kovid-19 epidemic hits in 2020.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul reported Friday that more than 76,500 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with nearly 340,000 being tested, a new state record of 20 million residents.
About 8,000 patients were hospitalized there.
Reverels began gathering at noon in this iconic Times Square, which has been celebrating the New Year since the early 20th century. Every year thousands of people wait for the countdown before midnight and for the release of the ball and confetti that mark the start of the new year.
In Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, at Broadway and 42nd Avenue, theater signs, concert halls, neon lights and huge advertising screens illuminate day and night, making New York the “sleepiest city ever”. But the cultural and financial capital of the United States has not regained its epic brilliance before the health crisis.