New Yorkers brave icy weather to welcome New Year
In freezing temperatures at midnight, the ball dropped to the sounds of Auld Lang Syne and the classic New York, New York.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native New Yorker, pressed the button that activated the ball drop.
The celebrations saw performances from stars including Miley Cyrus and Blondie.
Voice of Russia, dpa