- Associated Press - Saturday, December 31, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The crowds are getting primed in Times Square for the big New Year’s Eve ball drop with music by Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Justin Bieber with Santana and others.

Hundreds of thousands people were crammed into spectator pens ringed by barricades, enjoying surprisingly warm weather for the Northeast this time of year.

The National Weather Service said Saturday it was about 49 degrees in Central Park. That’s about 10 degrees warmer than normal.

One reveler from Ecuador says the weather is “amazing.”

Ron Martin says he’s super-excited to be in the city to mark the beginning of 2012.

Meanwhile, dozens of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators returned Zuccotti Park, the plaza they held for two months before police kicked them out in November. On Saturday night, they were again met by police.