January 1st, 2012
01:03 AM ET

Video: Spider-Man rescues Anderson Cooper

The CNN New Year's Eve show was hijacked! The Green Goblin abducted Anderson Cooper from his spot with Kathy Griffin in Times Square. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was around to save the night.

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December 31st, 2011
08:15 PM ET

Video: Times Square, get ready!

Tune in tonight at 10pm E.T. on CNN.com as Isha Sesay reports from behind the scenes.

Filed under: Isha Sesay • New Year's Eve 2011
January 1st, 2011
09:15 AM ET

NYC welcomes 2011 with traditional ball-drop, revelers

Jordana Ossad

New York (CNN) - An estimated 1 million people marked the passing of one year and the beginning of another in New York's Times Square with the descent of an iconic ball.

With the help of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, the dazzling crystal ball began its 70-foot drop at 11:59 p.m. Friday to the harmonious chants of New Year's Eve revelers counting down the final seconds of 2010.

More than one ton of confetti was released at midnight, with personal individual wishes written in more than 25 languages, a tradition from the past three years.

Full story

Filed under: 360º Follow • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
09:09 PM ET

View of Times Square

CNN's Jim Spellman shows us the roof view of Times Square and talks to the crowd.

Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
08:57 PM ET

Video: 2011 New Year's Eve Props

CNN's Jim Spellman gives you a look at the 2011 props that people in the Times Square crowd are wearing.

Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
08:55 PM ET

Video: Backstage at CNN's NYE

CNN's Jim Spellman gives a backstage look of CNN's New Year's Eve show.

Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
07:30 PM ET

Times Square: Life in the Pen

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/12/31/art.chavezromero.jpg caption="Victoria Chavez and Manuel Romero have come from New Mexico to New York City to experience the arrival of 2011 in Times Square."]
Jim Spellman
CNN All Platform Journalist

Times Square, New York (CNN) - Arriving early for the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square is not for the faint at heart. Those who dare show in the morning will doubtlessly have fun but once they enter the fenced-in viewing areas what they won’t have is any way to keep warm, anything to eat and, perhaps, worst of all, no bathrooms.

“My feet hurt, my toes hurt, I’m hungry and I need to use the bathroom” says Victoria Chavez.

She came all the way to New York from Albuquerque, New Mexico with her boyfriend Manuel Romero who shares Victoria’s complaints as they await the arrival of midnight.

They still have five hours to go before the ball drops, but they don’t regret coming.

“How many people get to come to the biggest party in the world?” Romero says, “It’s well worth it, the chance of a lifetime”

Chavez has been passing the time on Facebook, posting pictures and status updates.

“Been here hours n counting! no restroom food chairs... just the crowds and the coldness!!,” she posted in the early evening.

Some of her online friends are dubious about their early arrival

“Dang girl that must suck dnt drink too much! Ur pics are so cool n exciting,” one of her Facebook friends posted.

But Chavez isn’t worried. “We’re sharing the moment with them, good and bad. We’re going with the flow,” she said.

Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
05:49 PM ET

Video: Behind the Scenes – New Year's Eve on CNN

CNN's Jim Spellman gives a behind the scenes look at preps for CNN's New Year's Eve show.

Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
05:48 PM ET

New Year's Eve 'Conch Republic' style

Photo credit: Kim Segal/CNN

Kim Segal
CNN Supervising Producer

(CNN) - If you have ever been to Key West, Florida you know that things are done with their own flair in this southernmost city in the United States.

The city even "seceded" from the country in 1982 when the residents protested a U.S. Border Patrol roadblock on the highway that leads to the Florida Keys. Mayor Dennis Wardlow read a proclamation of secession and the "Conch Republic" was born.

Just like the variety of people you will find down here, the city has enough New Year’s Eve midnight drop traditions to suit all visitors.

Sushi, a drag queen, is lowered in a red stiletto from the roof of the Bourbon Street Pub. This is where CNN's John Zarrella will be reporting live during our New Year’s Eve broadcast co-hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Just up the street at midnight a pirate wench will descend from the top of a ship's mast. For an authentic “Conch Republic” countdown, there's a huge manmade conch shell that falls at midnight, when the party for "Conchs" and visitors is just getting started.

Filed under: Kim Segal • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
05:46 PM ET

Video: New Year's Eve in Times Square

CNN's Jim Spellman talks to people celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square.

Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2011
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