“Times Square New Year’s Eve 2021 is happening visually, virtually, safely,” announced Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.
It’s the first time in over 100 years that crowds have not gathered at the crossroads of the world to bring in the new year. The event is another victim of the pandemic, adding to the cancellation of the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade becoming a pre-recorded, TV-only event.
“More than ever in these divided and fear-filled times, the world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings,” said Tompkins. “One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st.”
Tompkins said that the crowds will not be there, but there will be a very small number of “honored” guests in the virtual celebration.
The owner of One Times Square, Jamestown, where the ball has dropped since 1907, has built a virtual Times Square and mobile app that will broadcast the celebrations.
Mayor de Blasio said: “People all over the globe are ready to join New Yorkers in welcoming in the new year with the iconic ball drop. I commend the Times Square Alliance, Jamestown Properties, and Countdown Entertainment on finding a safe, creative and innovative way for all of us to continue to celebrate this century old tradition. A new year means a fresh start, and we’re excited to celebrate.”
The Times Square Alliance has set up a new website to keep updated with plans. Visit VNYE20201.com.