Many Bronx residents opt to stay at home for New Year's Eve

To help welcome in the year 2004, Bronx stores stocked up for partygoers with items such as hats, glasses and noisemakers. With the heightened security in Times Square and the possibility of terror attacks, most residents stayed in with friends and family to ring in the New Year. While there are hundreds of parties going on in the city with ticket prices reaching more than $100, many say they felt safer at home with loved ones. And others had to wake up early for work on the first day of the New Year.But for those who ventured to Times Square to watch the ball drop, security was extremely tight. There were counter-snipers on rooftops and metal detectors on street corners.

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