DSNY-924.JPGIf you’ve hosted a party — New Year’s or otherwise — you know the after-party clean-up sucks. Who wants to hunt for wine glasses (seriously, how did that end up in the medicine cabinet?), clean the kitchen and lug bags of trash and recyclables to the the curb? All you really want to do is polish off the last of the vodka before falling asleep on the couch.

So image the effort required to clean up if 500,000 people showed up for your party. That’s the task facing New York City sanitation workers each New Year’s Eve. The NY Times posted an interesting photo essay  documenting the clean-up at Times Square. 

According to the Times, the clean-up took 89 workers who hauled away 42 tons of garbage left behind by revelers.

Times Square encompasses about 192 acres, meaning it’s about one-tenth of 1 percent of the size of the entire city. Despite its size, Times Square generates about 10 percent of NYC’s economic output, according to the Times Square Alliance (www.timessquarenyc.org). The alliance, a non-profit business organization that promotes the area, defines Times Square as West 40th Street to West 53rd Street between 6th and 8th Avenues, as well as Restaurant Row (46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue).

Other interesting facts:

  • About 200,000 people work in Times Square
  • The area attracts 35 million tourists annually
  • Some 17,000 people live in Times Square
  • The direct economic impact of Times Square is $55 billion annually
  • There is 50,000 square feet of commercial electronic billboard space (about the size of a football field) in Times Square, as well as tens of thousands of square feet of electronic signs and digital displays. The Nasdaq sign, for instance is 7-stories tall. It cost $37 million to build in 2000.

(Source: Economic Impact of Times Square — Times Square Alliance)