Times Square New Year's Eve bash warmer this year

December 31, 2011 - 9:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The crowds are getting primed in Times Square for the big New Year's Eve ball drop with music by Pitbull and others.

Hundreds of thousands people were crammed into spectator pens ringed by barricades, enjoying surprisingly warm weather for the Northeast this time of year.

The National Weather Service said Saturday it was about 49 degrees in nearby Central Park. That's about 10 degrees warmer than the normal high temperature this time of year.

One reveler from Ecuador says the weather is "amazing."

Ron Martin says he's super-excited to be in New York City to mark the beginning of 2012.

Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were planning to ring in the new year at Zuccotti Park, the plaza they held for two months before police kicked them out in November.