The Man Who Says 'Go Confetti' on New Year's Eve in Times Square

Treb-heining

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After the champagne has been chugged and the 6-ton ball has been cleared, millions of tiny flecks of colored paper coat the pavement of Times Square in New York City.


Let's back up a few hours.


For the past 22 years, precisely 20 seconds before the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, Treb Heining, 59, stands perched over the railing outside the Minskoff Theater, ready for go time. He holds a radio close to his lips. “Go confetti,” he declares coolly, just loud enough for the 70 some-odd people at eight different buildings towering over the center of Times Square to hear him over the din of the whooping crowds below. Then, for almost 60 seconds straight, Heining and the rest of his confetti dispersal battalion heave 3,000 pounds of confetti out of large brown boxes and into the air. It’s officially New Year’s in Times Square. Read more...


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