New Year's Eve revelers pack NYC's Times Square under tight security

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New York: Jan 1; More than a million people were expected to crowd into New York City`s Times Square under heavy security on Thursday to celebrate the arrival of 2016 with the traditional dropping of the New Year`s Eve crystal ball.

Throngs of people began streaming into the area early in the day, spending hours outdoors even before official festivities began with the lighting of the ball at 6 pm EST (2300 GMT).

With memories of the deadly attacks in Paris and California still fresh, police took extraordinary measures to ensure security at an event that has come to define the New York experience for many visitors to the largest US city.

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