N.Y.C. Officials Reassure Revelers Ahead of New Year’s Eve Festivities

Amid near-daily protests in the city, officials said there were “no specific credible threats” related to the annual ball drop in Times Square. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/29/nyregion/new-years-eve-times-square-security.html Hurubie Meko Original Source: NY Times >>

5 Things to Do This Weekend

A selection of entertainment highlights this weekend, including Randy Rainbow’s concert at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/12/29/arts/weekend-editors-picks-randy-rainbow.html Danielle Dowling Original Source: NY Times >>

The Numbers Heading to Times Square: 2-0-2-4

The famous ball drop on New Year’s Eve requires a lot of advance preparation, and it’s taking place right now. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/18/nyregion/times-square-2024-new-years-eve.html James Barron Original Source: NY Times >>

How Asian Americans Are Redefining the Lunar New Year

Some younger Asian Americans are creating their own holiday traditions, putting their own spin on lessons they’ve learned. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/21/style/lunar-new-year-traditions.html Aileen Kwun Original Source: NY Times >>

5 Things to Do This Weekend

Selections from the Weekend section, including an overview of cast albums from 2022 Broadway productions, including “Funny Girl” with Lea Michele. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/01/20/arts/weekend-editors-picks-cast-albums-funny-girl.html Danielle Dowling Original Source: NY Times >>

Islamic Extremism Drove Suspect in Times Square Attack, Official Says

Trevor Bickford, a 19-year-old from Maine, had recently become radicalized and traveled to New York to attack the police, according to a law enforcement official. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/02/nyregion/times-square-nyc-machete-attack.html Andy Newman and Mihir Zaveri Original Source: NY Times >>

A Laundry List of New Laws for the New Year

Gov. Kathy Hochul has issued a 12-page list of legislation that will take effect in 2023, including minimum wage raises and changes in how you can cast your ballot. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/nyregion/hochul-new-laws-2023.html James Barron Original Source: NY Times >>

When the Times Square Ball Drop Began at Midnight

Nowadays, the ball drop is a countdown, ending at the stroke of midnight. But it used to work more like a starter’s pistol. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/30/nyregion/times-square-ball-drop-midnight.html James Barron Original Source: NY Times >>

The Pocket Chinese Almanac Sees Some Hope for 2023

A little book bases its forecasts on a geomancer in Hong Kong, and says next year will be “nowhere near as bad” as 2022. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/28/nyregion/pocket-chinese-almanac-2023.html James Barron Original Source: NY Times >>