Eric Adams will be sworn in as New York City’s 110th mayor in Times Square at dawn on January 1, shortly after the Waterford Crystal ball falls in 2021.
“Times Square has long been synonymous with the New Year – a place of excitement, renewal and hope for the future,” Mr. Adams said in a statement Wednesday. “These are the same themes that have fueled my campaign and will inform my mayoral job, as I prepare to lead the city out of this challenging period.”
The city secretary will swear he uses Mr. Adams’ family Bible, and he will take office Saturday at the tourist hotspot sometimes referred to as the “Crossroads of the World.”
Mr. Adams has shown an interest in New York City’s nightlife, something he has taken to be the motto of the city’s struggling restaurant and club scene. His oath of office will follow the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, with live performances by KT Tunstall, LL Cool J, Chlöe and Journey.
Some epidemiologists have argued that Mayor Bill de Blasio should cancel the outdoor event because of the spread of the Omicron variant, but he objected, agreeing instead to limit crowds to 15,000 people from 58,000 normal people and required to wear masks and fully vaccinated.
Mr. Adams recently canceled an indoor inauguration he had planned for Saturday night at the restored Kings Theater in Brooklyn, citing an increase in coronavirus cases. In Wednesday’s press release, he said he would reschedule for another date.