Police: Motorcycle backfiring causes panic in Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) — Frantic people scrambled to get out of Times Square on Tuesday evening, pounding on theater doors to find a place to hide after the sound of a motorcycle backfiring caused fear that gunshots were being fired in the wake of mass shootings in other American cities.

Rainy party in Times Square

A drenching rain didn't stop revelers from packing Times Square for New York City's New Year's Eve celebration Monday night, with much of the crowd determined to have a good time as they waited hours for performers including Christina Aguilera, Sting and Snoop Dogg.

Massive NYE crowds expected despite likely rain

Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera will welcome 2019 in a packed Times Square Monday along with revelers from around the world who come to see the traditional crystal ball drop, fireworks and a blizzard of confetti.

Times Square ball

A scale model of the Times Square ball demonstrates the changing of the colors. The real ball is getting 192 new crystal triangles this year. The theme of the new crystals is "gift of harmony."

Bees in Times Square

Hundreds of bees created quite the buzz in Times Square on Tuesday afternoon. An NYPD beekeeper vacuumed the bees into a container.

Langan's Irish Pub to close

Langan's Irish Pub, located just off Times Square, has been around for 25 years. When it opened its doors, the rent was $16,000 per month. But the pub is closing after rent grew to $53,000 per month. The history of the place is splashed all over the walls. Photographs of all sorts of celebrities, many who have stopped by for a pint.

Steel safety barriers

Safety barriers known as bollards are intended to stop vehicle terror attacks. New York City intends to install hundreds of them around town in a direct response to the deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan last Halloween.

Times Square confetti test

The Times Square Alliance put the finishing touches on the New Year's Eve show Friday morning with a confetti test. About 3,000 pounds of colorful confetti will fly through the sky. Passersby in Times Square got the chance to write their resolutions on the confetti.

Times Square fatal shooting

Police in New York City are hunting for a man who gunned down another man on 7th Avenue in the heart of Times Square just before 4 a.m. outside of the Tonic bar and Lace strip club. After a 911 call, rescue personnel found the 27-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the head. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but it was too late to save him.

SkyFoxHD: Times Square fire

A fire that broke out in the parking garage in Times Square prompted the partial evacuation of an office building Monday evening. Firefighters responded to 1540 Broadway shortly after 4 p.m., the FDNY said. The 45-story tower houses several major companies, including Viacom, and retailers, including the Disney Store.

Feds: NYC terror attack stopped

Federal officials claim that they have stopped a plan to carry out terror attacks at several locations in New York City, including Times Square, concert venues, subway stations, and more. A federal court on Friday unsealed indictments against three men in connection with the failed plot, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim. The men planned to carry out the attacks during summer 2016 in the name of ISIS, Kim said.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

This isn't the National Geographic you thumbed through as a child. From sharks going under your feet to sea lions meeting you face to face, the latest National Geographic show isn't in your magazine – it is larger than life in Times Square. And it is not an article, but a fully immersive experience.

Times Square goes gold

Times Square shined a light on the fight against pediatric cancer. For Cathleen Boorse and her daughter Hannah, their first experience in Times Square was honoring the 13-year-old girl and all children battling pediatric cancer. The Times Square Advertising Coalition illuminated nearly one dozen digital screens in gold. In its fourth year, the event's goal is to bring attention to the disease and the need to fund research for a cure.