Crews clean up Times Square after ‘electric’ New Year’s Eve celebration

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MANHATTAN — A different countdown began in Times Square early Friday, after the ball dropped and some 1 million revelers cleared out of the Crossroads of the World: how soon can trash be moved and the streets around midtown return to normal?

Celebrants ringing in the new year left behind tons of confetti and garbage. Last year, crews with the city's Department of Sanitation collected more than 48 tons of debris in wake of the iconic party.

This year, 178 sanitation workers used 26 mechanical sweepers, 25 collection trucks, 38 blows and 40 hand brooms to tidy up Times Square, the agency said.

Streets reopened by 7 a.m. Friday. But the warm weather slowed down efforts a bit as it drew tourists and night-owls to continue their celebrations toward sunrise.