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Sanitation Crews Clean Times Square After New Year's Eve

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Times Square is bustling with visitors and traffic again, hours after workers from the New York City Department of Sanitation put their muscle into a post-New Year's Eve cleanup.

Sanitation officials estimated that workers swept up nearly 50 tons of trash, from confetti and balloons to party hats.

Crews jumped into action shortly after the ball drop, as the crowds began exiting Times Square.

"The whole project actually takes, it's a 48-hour project, where we have 151 sanitation workers, 24 supervisors, two superintendents and two deputy chiefs, including myself," said Jeff Pitts, deputy chief for the New York City Department of Sanitation.

"I was like, maybe tomorrow, you can't go in Times Square because it's crowded and garbage everywhere, but now it's cleaning up," said one person in Times Square. "It's awesome."

The massive cleanup included the use of 24 mechanical sweepers, as well as 37 leaf blowers and push brooms.

New Year's Day brings closings and service changes around the city.

All government offices, courts, public schools and banks are closed.

There is also no mail delivery, garbage or recycling pickup.

Alternate side parking is suspended and residents don't have to feed the meters.

Subway, buses, and the Staten Island Railway are operating on a Sunday schedule.

The Staten Island Ferry, Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road run on a holiday schedule.

PATH trains will run until 10 p.m. and New Jersey Transit buses are on a holiday schedule.

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