NYPD Outlines Enhanced Security Measures for New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

Crossroads of the World will be the Most Secure Place, in the Safest City in America

New York, New York—The New York City Police Department announced enhanced security measures for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. As in previous New Year’s Eve celebrations, the NYPD continually adjusts its security measures based on recent events. This year, the NYPD will be adding additional security to the outer perimeter of Times Square to ensure those waiting to enter screening areas will be protected from moving vehicles. Additionally, the NYPD and its law enforcement partners will be increasing the number of observation posts throughout Times Square in order to monitor elevated vantage points.

“This is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events, at one of the safest venues in the entire world. And we’ll ensure that New York City has yet another safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve celebration — as we do every year,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “But as I’ve said many times before, public safety remains a shared responsibility. It requires our collective commitment. If you see something suspicious, alert a police officer, call 911 or report it by calling 888-NYC-SAFE.”


“This year is on track to be the safest on record thanks in large part to the men and women of the NYPD,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We all know that the NYPD couldn’t do this alone. Countless community leaders and neighborhood organizations have contributed dramatically to making New York City the safest big city in America. Whether it’s protecting large-scale events like New Year’s Eve, or building on the everyday effectiveness of neighborhood policing, the NYPD is proving every day that it’s the greatest police force in the world.”

“Preparation for events such as this is an entirely cooperative effort. No one federal, state, or local agency can do it alone,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney. “At the FBI, our personnel are working behind the scenes to monitor and investigate any threat information we receive. As always, we continue to rely on an engaged public to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

“FDNY members will be standing shoulder to shoulder with the NYPD to make certain 2018 begins safely for all New Yorkers,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Our Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, and Fire Marshals will be stationed throughout Times Square—and all of the surrounding areas—ready to respond to any threats or medical emergencies that may arise.”

“The NYPD is doing everything possible to ensure the public is safe for the New Year’s Eve celebration, but we also want New Yorkers to take their personal safety seriously,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “With dangerously low temperatures and wind chills forecast to be near zero around midnight in Times Square, make sure you bundle up and wear layers with hats, scarfs and gloves to stay warm as you enjoy the New Year’s Eve festivities.”

As in years past, those attending the celebration in Times Square will be screened. Backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas are strictly prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited and property may not be abandoned at checkpoints. Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to regain entry to their original viewing area.

Beginning at 11 AM on Sunday, December 31st, 2017, West 37th Street through West 59th Street, 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please note that certain truck routes have also changed.

Heavy traffic conditions are expected, and there will be rolling street closures in Manhattan, so mass transit is strongly encouraged. Remember: No large backpacks, lawn chairs, umbrellas or alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.

There will be no parking in the following areas from Sunday, December 31st at 12:01 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Monday, January 1st:

• All cross-town streets from 33rd to 59th Street between 6th and 8th Avenue
• West side of 5th Avenue, from 37th to 52nd Streets
• West side of 6th Avenue, from 34th to 59th Streets
• Both side of 6th Avenue, from 37th to 52nd Streets
• Broadway between 34th to 59th Streets
• 7th Avenue between 34th to 59th Streets
• 9th Avenue between 41st to 43rd Streets
• West side of 10th Avenue, from 58th to 59th Streets
• Both sides of 11th Avenue, from 34th to 39th Streets
• East side of 11th Avenue, from 58th to 59th Streets
• Both side of 8th Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets
• 34th Street between 5th and 9th Avenue
• 34th Street between 11th to 12th Avenues
• 37th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
• 38th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 39th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 40th Street between 5th to 9th Avenue
• 41st Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 42nd Street between 1st to 2nd Avenue
• 42nd Street between 5th and 9th Avenue
• 43rd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
• 44th Street between 6th to 9th Avenue
THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES
FOR THE NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION IN TIMES SQUARE

• 45th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 46th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 47th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 48th Street between 5th and 9th Avenue
• 49th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 50th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• Both side of 51st from 6th to 8th Avenue
• 52nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
• 53rd Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 54th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 55th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 56th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue
• 57th Street between 5th to 9th Avenue
• 58th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
• 58th Street between 10th to 11th Avenue
• 59th Street between 10th to 11th Avenue
• 59th Street between 5th Avenue and Columbus Circle

At approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday, December 31st, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:

• Seventh Avenue, from 43rd to 48th Streets
• Broadway, from 47th to 48th Streets
• 46th and 47th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenue

Beginning at 11 a.m. commercial vehicles, trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

• 6th Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets;
• West of 5th Avenue from 37th Street to 59th Street
• 8th Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets
• East of 9th Avenue from 58th Street to 37th Street

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31st, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:

• Seventh Avenue, from 41st to 59th Streets
• Broadway, from 47th to 59th Streets
• 43rd to 47th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenue

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 31st , 42nd Street from 6th to Eight Avenues will be closed to traffic.

After 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31st, the remainder of the traffic closures will be instituted as crowd conditions warrant:
• All cross-town streets from 37th to 41st Streets – Sixth to Eighth Avenues
• All cross-town streets from 49th to 59th Streets – Sixth to Eighth Avenues
• 48th Street, from Fifth to Ninth Avenues
• Cross-town access for emergency vehicles will be available on 42nd, 48th, and 59th STREETS

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. The Department will continue its drunken driving enforcement on New Year’s Eve through DWI patrols and checkpoints throughout the City.

TRANSIT INFORMATION

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 31st, some subway access around Times Square will be closed. The following subway system changes should be noted:
• Southbound and northbound N/R/W lines will bypass the 49th Street station beginning at noon, Sunday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Monday, January 1st.
• The northbound IRT “#1” train will bypass the 50th Street station beginning at noon, Sunday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Monday, January 1st.

MEDIA ACCESS

Members of the media are reminded that NYPD press credentials must be worn and fully exposed at all times when the bearer is at or within police lines. Credentialed members of the media covering this event should enter on West 46 Street at 6th or 8th Avenue. Within Times Square, emergency access lanes must remain clear and may not be obstructed at any time during the event.
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