Clean-up army rings in 2008

The morning after a million parties in Times Square
January 1, 2008 7:58:36 AM PST
New Year's Day may be a holiday for many, but some were already hard at work just minutes into the day: City crews cleaning up after the more than a million people who celebrated in Times Square at midnight.The party didn't stop with the big ball drop: Revelers kept at it until the early morning hours, cheering the moment, some making resolutions and others proposals.

It marked the 100th ball drop in Times Square, one hundred years of counting down to the new year together.

As the last of the confetti fell, and the last noisemaker went quiet, the city's army of more than 100 street cleaners sprung into action. On the streets, they found more than two tons of "leftovers,"

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who helped ring in the New Year here, said he's happy with how 2007 turned out for New York City, with the lowest murder rate in decades, improved high school graduation rates and better quality of life in the city. He said he's happy to be the mayor of New York City and doesn't plan to leave anytime soon.

"No, I will not run for president but I will really speak out to try to get people to focus on the issues and to get rid of partisanship and special interests," said Mayor Bloomberg.

This year's event featured an energy-efficient ball drop. The giant ball was covered with nearly 10,000 light-emitting diodes capable of generating more than 16 million colors. Those bulbs use about the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters.


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