"Especially when you live by yourself".
"I was here previous year and loved it so much I had to come again", Duke said.
Umbrellas were banned as part of the tight security plan, police said, reflecting concern over the possibility of random attacks. Officials estimate that more than 2 million people will be attending the New Year's celebration this year.
Seven dead, dozens trapped under rubble after Russian gas blast: agencies
The blast tore through the building at around 6 a.m. (0100 GMT) when many residents were asleep, RIA news agency reported. Emergency workers have evacuated residents of nearby sections of the building, fearing they could also tumble down.
ABC's iconic Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will be headlined by singer Christina Aguilera.
People arriving early enough to grab a standing spot in Times Square itself may have a good view of the stages where the entertainers perform. "It's NY", she said - but the hours of waiting were a bit of a disappointment.
Simon said the invited journalists represented those who "work hard every day to keep their communities informed and hold the powerful to account". Vendors charged up to $10 for ponchos that ordinarily sell for $2. The sparkling ball will descend at midnight - a tradition in Times Square since 1907. Weighing 11,875 pounds (5,386 kg) and measuring 12 feet (3.7 meters) in diameter, it sits year-round on the roof of One Times Square, the one-time headquarters of the New York Times. The New York Police Department continues to maintain a robust overlay of police officers to ensure the safety of the celebrators. YouTube TV: Use YouTube TV's free trial to stream the festivities from your preferred network.
Lady Gaga Opens Las Vegas' Park MGM
Just like the Starman, Gaga had painted up her face as she flew onto stage at the Park Theater in the Monte Carlo Hotel. Later on, an alien creature appears: "Hello, Gaga ", the alien declares, along with the logo of Gaga's new show.
In celebration of journalism and press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists will be special guests at the event.
Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi columnist for the Washington Post and USA resident, was killed inside a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. The other was the mass shooting in June in the newsroom of The Capital, a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, in which five employees were killed.
This month also marked the first anniversary of the imprisonment in Myanmar of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for investigating how the country's security forces killed members of its Muslim Rohingya minority.
6 injured after jet bridge reportedly collapses at Baltimore airport
Treated were four medics, two Southwest Airlines employees and the sick passenger, FAA said in an email to WTOP . The jet bridge failure at BWI Airport is "under investigation", according to another tweet from the airport.