Hundreds of thousands of New York City revelers celebrated the end of a historic year that saw the election of the first black U.S. president and a catastrophic economic meltdown and have ushered in 2009 from Times Square. Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton helped Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday lower the famous Waterford crystal ball for its 60-second countdown to midnight. A ton of confetti rained down as partygoers hugged and kissed.
Lionel Ritchie & Taylor Swift help revelers celebrate New Years Eve in Time Square.
The Jonas Brothers perform in Time Square.
Ludacris in Time Square.