Dozens say ‘Good Riddance’ to 2018’s bad vibes in Times Square

By | December 29, 2018

Good riddance to bad friends, stressful mortgages and embarrassing dandruff!

Dozens of people flocked to a rainy Times Square to unload the past year’s emotional baggage — and pesky personal flaws — at the annual Good Riddance Day celebration Friday.

To jump-start a happier New Year, some folks scribbled negative phrases on paper — ranging from “cancer” to “bad vibes” — and tossed them in a massive shredder set up above a plastic trash bin.

Nikita Patel, 18, a freshman at Texas A&M University, wrote “second guessing myself” on a scrap — and grinned as she destroyed it. “It was liberating!” said the teen, who is from Houston. “I want to start fresh and be more confident in 2019.”

As crowds prepped for a blissful New Year’s Eve, police announced ramped-up security measures they’ll deploy at the annual bash in Times Square.

Scraps of paper in the big shredder in Times Square
Scraps of paper in the big shredder.Robert Miller

This year, the street party is expected to draw nearly 2 million people, and while it may be a little wet with intermittent showers, it will be warmer than usual with temps in the high 40s.

To protect revelers, cops will use 1,200 cameras — some ­installed on drones.

“What’s different this year is . . . we’ll be deploying NYPD drones for overwatch,” said Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller. “That’s going to give us a visual aid.”

Police will also set up 235 vehicles to block areas where people gather in Times Square.

Entry starts at 11 a.m. and the square closes at 4 a.m. No backpacks, coolers, umbrellas or alcohol are allowed, officials said.

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