Itâ€™s Times Square on New Yearâ€™s Eve like youâ€™ve never seen it before.
The Crossroads of the World turned into an eerie ghost town on Thursday,
as officials closed off the area to revelers because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As the final hours of 2020 ticked away, the NYPD blocked off public access to the site known around the world for its New Yearâ€™s Eve celebrations packed with partygoers.
A live video feed of the area from Reuters showed just a handful of people milling around â€” instead of the thousands who usually gather to watch the ball drop at midnight.
For the first time in 114 years, the New Yearâ€™s Eve spectacular in Times Square will be held without a live audience.
Instead, a star-studded celebration featuring performances from Jennifer Lopez, Cyndi Lauper and others will be televised from the site for viewers at home.
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