2020 does have a silver lining: you won’t need to stock up on adult diapers to bid it adieu from Times Square.
The numbers 2021 were wheeled into the Crossroads of the World Monday, giving New Yorkers a chance to see them in person before they are hoisted atop One Times Square for the annual ball drop.
That iconic event will be very impersonal this year, as officials have urged the hundreds of thousands of people who usually congregate in Times Square to stay home and watch the festivities on television.
“One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, in a press release on the organization’s website. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings.”
As always, New Yorkers are invited to write down their grievances on Good Riddance Day, a Dec. 28 annual event where people can write down “unpleasant, embarrassing, and downright unwanted memories” to be shredded into confetti that falls from the sky as the clock strikes midnight.
With homebound people all over the city and country full of bad memories of 2020, the Times Square Alliance is hosting that event virtually as well, and asking for the grievances to be submitted digitally.
As for the big night itself, revelers are being asked to stay home and watch musical performances by from Jennifer Lopez, Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Nelly, Miley Cyrus, and Megan Thee Stallion from the comfort of their own homes.