“[There is] no information to indicate a specific, credible threat to or associated with the Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 celebration in New York City … however, we remain concerned about unaffiliated lone offenders and homegrown violent extremists targeting the event,” the bulletin said.
Thousands of officers will also be used in the security efforts, including heavily armed Critical Response Command officers, and new recruits who just graduated Wednesday from the police academy, officials said.
Helicopters will hover above, boats will be used in the Hudson and East Rivers that flank the borough of Manhattan and officers will be perched on rooftops.
The revelers, who will be funneled into segregated viewing pens through 12 different access points, will not be allowed to bring umbrellas or large bags into Times Square.
Commissioner O’Neill assured the public that “no direct concerns” related to Times Square in particular or New Year’s Eve celebrations generally factored into the security plans.
De Blasio, who spoke with pride today about the city's ability to host large events, stressed that people should be prepared to speak up if they see something suspicious, and repeated the familiar post-9/11 refrain, "If you see something, say something."
Referring to the million-plus visitors expected to attend the ceremony through cold and potentially inclement weather, he joked warmly that he "wasn't sure why" they wanted to attend the event.
ABC News reported earlier this week that this year's version of the Times Square Ball -- a 12,000-pound ornament covered by 2,688 crystal triangles and illuminated by more than 32,000 LED lights in different colors -- was readying for its journey into Times Square.