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New Yorkers are Reportedly Lukewarm About the Return of the Ball Drop

Genius Turner

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The annual New Year's ball drop in Times Square is among history's most iconic traditions.(gigi_nyc/Flickr)

Though the City Intends to Bring the New Year in with a Bang, New Yorkers Seem Unconcerned

New York City — To be a party pooper in high school, the student throwing a party merely has to say, "By the way, my parents plan on attending."

Indeed, when Mayor de Blasio recently announced the return of the famed Times Square ball drop, only to seconds later add celebrators will be checked for vaccination before entering, to some, this sounded like a — my-parents-plan-on-attending moment.

“We want to welcome all those hundreds of thousands of folks, but everyone needs to be vaccinated,” de Blasio said during a news conference on Tuesday.

When reporter Victoria Walker asked several of her colleagues whether they’d attend, most responded with a shake of the head.

“I think even the people who say they enjoy it don’t actually enjoy it,” reporter David Slotnick responded.

"Well," a commenter wrote, "if when checking in an officer asks 'you drinking?' better think twice about responding with 'why, you buying?' "

And such complaints of the above sort seemingly reflect the widespread lukewarm feeling.

According to the report, whoever's older than age 5 will have to not only show proof of vaccination but also provide a valid photo ID before being admitted to the viewing area.

In short, just as "if you have to explain a joke, it's not funny," perhaps for some New Yorkers — if you have to show proof of anything to celebrate bringing in the new year, it's not fun.  

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