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Times Square gets ready for New Year’s Eve bash

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — New year, new you.  If one of your new year’s resolutions is getting into shape, you can kick into high gear right now.

You’ll not only be helping yourself, you’ll also be helping the city power up the New Year’s Eve Ball.
 
People are encouraged to get on the stationary Citi Bikes set up at the southeast corner of 42Street and 7th Ave., and pedal, pedal, pedal.

They’ll be providing the juice for the ball, which has 2,688 Waterford crystal panels lit by more than 30,000 LEDs.

 
“You’re generating power, literally, that will be put into a battery, literally, and then put into the grid that helps power the New Year’s Eve Ball,”  explained Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. 
 
“This is really a great green thing to do.  It really adds to the holiday spirit,” said Don Rickenbaugh, a Staten Islander who tried it out Saturday afternoon.
 
A few blocks up, people were lining up to take part in the seventh annual Good Riddance Day, giving them the opportunity to shred and shed bad memories from 2013–everything from pink slips to pictures of old boyfriends—in order to get a fresh start in 2014.
 
Michal Karayev from Long Island told PIX 11 she’s shredding her boyfriend problems.
 
“My boyfriend is dating my best friend,” she said.