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City Braces for Series of Big Events Beginning with Times Square on New Year's

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As the city braces for the arrival of the new year, there’s a heightened awareness from police and crowds in the wake of the deadly bombings in Russia. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

It was just a test as the crystal ball that will ring in 2014 took a trial run over Times Square on Monday.

But in the wake of two suicide bombings in Russia, security will be high and for some, so will the jitters, when close to a million revelers squeeze together to welcome the new year.

"Too many people in one spot, that's too big a target. It's one of those things as a human, you're drawn to something so big and beautiful but yeah, not so safe. So we probably won't be here that long,” said one Times Square visitor.

"It's a little bit overwhelming, but I've never seen this many people in my life, to be honest with you,” said another.

Just wait until Tuesday night, even if some say the crowds and security won't faze them a bit.

"I'm fine with it. There's heaps of police around and everyone seems really friendly,” said a third Times Square visitor.

It's those that aren't too friendly who authorities want to keep their eyes on.

Times Square isn't the only place you'll see a heavy police presence on New Year's Eve. There's also a midnight four-mile run in Central Park as well as a Billy Joel concert in Prospect Park.

Police say all of those events will be heavily staffed by officers.

"They will all be, I can assure you, adequately policed. We've had extensive planning sessions and briefings on it, so I'm confident it will go well,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said on Saturday.

With a new mayor being sworn in on Monday and the Super Bowl coming in February, security experts like retired NYPD Captain Timothy Horner say New Yorkers should get used to a strong law enforcement presence on the streets and in the subways.

"You'll see more of the checkpoints on the subway, you'll probably see more officers on patrol. You'll see much more activity for a period of time,” said Horner.

Or maybe not.

"On the security side, there is a massive intelligence component going on which you will not see. Those are all the agencies working together as a team to uncover whatever is going on, whatever they can find,” Horner said.

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