NY boosts security for New Year's after Europe attacks

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As Pix 11 reported, the city has placed 65 sand trucks in strategic locations around Times Square, creating what essentially will be a barricade.

The show starts at 5:55 p.m. and continues right up to the always anticipated 60-second countdown to midnight ball drop at One Times Square. The aluminum ball remain unchanged until the 1980s when red light bulbs and a green stem converted the New Year's Eve Ball into an apple for the "I Love New York" marketing campaign. More than 100 police vehicles will also be positioned to restrict access to event sites.

Likewise, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said at a briefing this week that there were "no direct concerns" related to this year's festivities in Times Square.

The last few crystals are added to a panel of the Times Square New Year's Eve Waterford crystal ball.

Dozens of 20-ton sanitation trucks weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand blocked off streets leading to the celebration zone to avoid the possibility of a truck attack like those in Germany and France in recent months.

So there you have it. Feel free to recite this newfound knowledge at your New Year's Eve party - or not.

A poll finds that Americans are hopeful that things are going to get better for the country in 2017 after a year filled with wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and mass shootings.

About 7,000 police officers, along with specially armed counterterrorism units and bomb-sniffing dogs, were on guard. The NYPD's commissioner, James O'Neil, echoed the sentiment, saying, "It can't just be, 'What happens in NY, what happens in the United States?' It has to be more, 'What happens worldwide?'"

The first time ball built in the USA was erected in 1845 atop the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Years later, the Boston Time-Ball went into operation in 1878, and others were showcased in other US cities.

The rest of the night will contain a series of performances and appearances from people like Rachel Platten, Gloria Estefan, Gavin DeGraw, DNCE, Bill Nye, Thomas Rhett, Mariah Carey and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.