Nueva York recibe el 2018 con un frío atroz y una seguridad inédita (Fotos)

Revelers celebrate the New Year in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
El frío no impidió la celebración en Times Square 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

 

Unos dos millones de personas recibieron el 2018 desafiando gélidas temperaturas en Times Square, copado por policías en un inédito dispositivo de seguridad para dar la bienvenida al Año Nuevo en Nueva York.

Enfundados en gruesos abrigos, muchos con ropa y botas de nieve, neoyorquinos y turistas enfrentaron un 31 de diciembre gélido: la temperatura a la medianoche fue de -12,7ºC (9ºF), la más fría para una noche de Año Nuevo desde 1917, según el Servicio nacional del clima en Nueva York.

Tras dos recientes ataques terroristas en la ciudad inspirados por el grupo Estado Islámico, uno con bomba abortado en un túnel del metro el 11 de diciembre y un atropello con una camioneta en TriBeca que dejó ocho muertos el 31 de octubre, las medidas de seguridad en Times Square son inéditas.

Más de 20 calles fueron cerradas y se colocaron barricadas y camiones con arena. La policía registró dos veces a cada persona que entraba al perímetro de seguridad en Times Square, el más amplio de la historia.

Ni siquiera las carteras o pequeños bolsos fueron permitidos: la gente resignada los vaciaba y los tiraba bajo órdenes de la policía al entrar al perímetro.

“¡Este es el día más emocionante de mi vida! Estoy absolutamente comprometido a enfrentar el frío”, dijo a la AFP al llegar a Times Square Hader Ghulam, un paquistaní de 27 años que estudia en Oklahoma y visita Nueva York por primera vez con un amigo.

“Estoy usando un pañal de adulto”, confesó en referencia a la ausencia de baños públicos para la inmensa multitud.

Ghulam dijo estar “impresionado” por las medidas de seguridad. “Confío totalmente en estos tipos”.

“Prefiero que sean concienzudos a que alguien salga lastimado”, sostuvo Amanda Haager, una ingeniera de 23 años de San Diego que trabaja en Nueva York y llevaba adhesivos en las mejillas que leían “Feliz Año Nuevo”.

Tras el ataque de un francotirador solitario que desde su hotel en Las Vegas mató a 58 personas el 1 de octubre, por primera vez la policía registró también hoteles y restaurantes.

En mayo, un veterano de la Armada estadounidense, sin aparentes motivos terroristas, mató a una joven e hirió a 22 personas al atropellarlas con su coche a toda velocidad en Times Square.

La fiesta en Times Square fue animada por cantantes, fuegos artificiales, 1.360 kg (3000 libras) de confetti y 25.000 globos y lentes luminosos.

El alcalde de Nueva York Bill de Blasio y la invitada especial de este año, la activista Tarana Burke, líder del movimiento #MeToo contra el acoso sexual, fueron quienes apretaron el botón que hizo descender la famosa bola luminosa a la medianoche.

Algunas de las celebridades que agitaron la fiesta fueron Neil Diamond, Nick Jonas, la cubana-estadounidense Camila Cabello y Mariah Carey, que intentó superar este año la humillación de 2017, cuando problemas técnicos revelaron un playback. Pero se quejó porque nadie le dio un té caliente, generando memes y burlas en las redes sociales.

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The moon is seen through fireworks over Times Square during New Year's celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
The moon is seen through fireworks over Times Square during New Year’s celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Confetti falls in Times Square just after midnight during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Confetti falls in Times Square just after midnight during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Mariah Carey performs during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Mariah Carey performs during New Year’s eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Camila Cabello performs during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Camila Cabello performs during New Year’s eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Camila Cabello performs during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Camila Cabello performs during New Year’s eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Camila Cabello performs during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Camila Cabello performs during New Year’s eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Nick Jonas performs during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Nick Jonas performs during New Year’s eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A couple kiss to celebrate New Years in New York City, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A couple kiss to celebrate New Years in New York City, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Revelers play in confetti in Times Square during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Revelers play in confetti in Times Square during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Revelers play in confetti in Times Square during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Revelers play in confetti in Times Square during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
NYC sanitation workers clean up confetti following New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
NYC sanitation workers clean up confetti following New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Fireworks go off in Times Square to celebrate the New Year in New York City, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Fireworks go off in Times Square to celebrate the New Year in New York City, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Revelers brace freezing cold temperatures in Times Square ahead of New Year's celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Revelers brace freezing cold temperatures in Times Square ahead of New Year’s celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Revelers celebrate the New Year in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Revelers celebrate the New Year in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NYC sanitation workers clean up confetti following New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
NYC sanitation workers clean up confetti following New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
NYC sanitation workers clean up confetti following New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
NYC sanitation workers clean up confetti following New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Mariah Carey walks towards the stage in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Mariah Carey walks towards the stage in Times Square during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
New York City Department of Sanitation workers clean the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
New York City Department of Sanitation workers clean the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Workers clean the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Workers clean the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
New York City Department of Sanitation workers clean the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
New York City Department of Sanitation workers clean the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York Police Department (NYPD) Emergency Unit officer stands guard in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York Police Department (NYPD) Emergency Unit officer stands guard in Times Square during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Revelers gather in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Revelers gather in Times Square during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY