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In 2006, then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an executive order establishing the Office of Special Enforcement, a citywide agency responsible for enforcing "quality of life" regulations — a nebulous, ideologically charged concept that refers to anything from music venues with too many noise complaints to nightclubs that facilitate prostitution to decrepit structures that pose a fire hazard.

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When we stepped out onto the roof, the wind whipped me sideways, and it took me a second to get my bearings. I was nine storeys above Times Square, staring at the back of its biggest LED sign, and it was thrilling.

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Russia might not be doing much business with the US government right now, but that doesn't mean it's not interested in the foremost symbol of consumerism in America. VEGAS Crocus City, a Moscow shopping centre, has unveiled a surprisingly realistic model of Times Square. It even features the forever-swamped TKTS podium — now bereft of crowds.

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If you live in New York you know how unbelievably frustrating it is to try to walk through Times Square when you have somewhere to be. Peeps be all up in your way. If you don't live in New York, you're either part of the problem when you visit or you just generally know to move to the side when you're looking at a map/smartphone/landmark. Regardless, all of us contribute to the madness in that tiny space and Drew Geraci from District 7 Media has captured it beautifully.

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Giant model steps over Times Square crowd, snaps Polaroid, shows close-up, leaves. Repeat. Nice little augmented reality billboard cycle you've got there, Forever 21. Oh! Except for when she picks someone up and waves them around. That part's different.

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When Faisal Shahzad left his bomb-loaded car parked in Times Square, every step of his escape route through Manhattan was caught by both police and private spycams. If they're the NYPD's eyes, this room is its central nervous system.

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Last year, we published the 100 year timeline of the Times Square New Year's Ball. Now we've updated it with Philips' and New York's newest, most dazzling time ball ever. (Click image for big version.)

The 2009 New Year's Ball is 12 feet in diameter and weighs in at 5,386kg. It will blind you with 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs—that's roughly triple the 9,576 LEDs that the ball had just last year—shining 16 million possible colours through 2,668 Waterford Crystals.

And despite these barely fathomable numbers, the new ball is 20% more energy efficient than last year's.

To celebrate the century-old tradition (and appease the tourists), the new ball will stay on display all year long in Times Square. So does that mean we can get drunk and celebrate in the streets all year, too? (Yes, yes it does.) Happy New Year!

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In a clever bit of green marketing, the non-profit Electronics TakeBack Coalition ran the above ad warning of "toxic waste" on Panasonic's own proud Times Square display. The coalition promotes manufacturers accepting their own products back for recycling. Unfortunately, clever ads and even manufacturer support are only half the battle.