To protect about 1 million revelers in a city still shaken by a botched pipe bombing this month and a deadly vehicle attack on Halloween, the NYPD is promising to step up patrols, canine teams and heavy-weapons squads.  The old concrete barriers are back too, along with sand trucks to block vehicles. But the NYPD is putting special focus on aerial security, with spotters on buildings and — for the first time —

officers stationed in every hotel along 7th Avenue to react in the event of a sniper-style attack. Three months after Las Vegas suffered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the city’s New Year’s Eve party has been designated a “SEAR 1” security event by the Department of Homeland Security. That’s a designation typically reserved for political conventions and the Super Bowl. READ MORE