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By APB Staff Writer
Friday, December 31, 2016 – New York City:
The city of New York is taking extraordinary measures to secure the safety of New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square and throughout the five boroughs.
With an estimated two million people expected to converge on “The Crossroads of the World” for the annual lowering of the 12,000 pound crystal ball, among other events; the NYPD has assigned 7,000 officers dedicated to that specific area.
The NYPD is also is providing “blocker trucks” similar to those guarding Trump Tower; along with 65 Department of Sanitation garbage and sand trucks weighing 40 tons each and an additional one-hundred NYPD vehicles strategically located in the vicinity of Times Square.
Visitors will be screened at various checkpoints when they enter Times Square and again when they enter one of the 65 pedestrian pens that are set up from Times Square to 59th Street. Additional transit officers will also be deployed at checkpoints in subway stations in the Times Square area.
The area from 42nd to 47th Streets between Broadway and Seventh Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning at 3:00 PM, and both 57th and 59th Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
The NYPD is also augmenting its long-gun teams at security checkpoints, and utilizing helicopters, bomb-sniffing dogs, and boats to monitor the city.
At a press conference on Thursday New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil stated that “we are going to have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events in one of the safest venues in the entire world.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio noted “there is “a lot you will see and, as per usual, a lot you will not see … that combination keeps us safe.”
New York Police Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said the truck attacks in Europe were taken into consideration in planning New York’s security plan. Times Square New Year’s Eve celebrations can be traced back to 1904 when Longacre Square was renamed Time Square. The famed ball-drop first took place in 1907.