Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball up close.

Preparations for New Year’s Eve in Times Square, New York City.

The countdown begins: 13 days until 2013

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The seven-foot-tall number “13,” to be used atop One Times Square, arrives outside the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center in New York, on Dec 19. The numbers will be on display at the Museum until December 26th, at which point they will be installed atop One Times Square.

Photo of police officer giving boots to barefoot man warms hearts online

(Photo: Jennifer Foster via Facebook)

On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.

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