Just like that, another year's coming to a close, and a new year is rapidly approaching. Last year, some 25,000 people packed Grand Park for a huge New Year's Eve fête; that was more than double what planners had initially anticipated and an official inauguration of the park as LA's most important new public space. This year: bring it, crowds. Grand Park's NYE party space has tripled, allowing for up to 50,000 people. The fun will take over the entire park, plus side streets from Temple to Second Street and from Grand Avenue to Main (84 acres in all).
Grand Park's upping the ante further by bringing to the (free!!) party the "tallest interactive sound display ever seen in Los Angeles" and a 3D digital mapping presentation that will cover City Hall on two sides (the south and west faces), topping last year's countdown, which was projected on just one side of the building. That's supposed to make the display visible to thousands more onlookers, says a release from the park. The multimedia projection on City Hall will build to "a 10-minute countdown narrative that relays a story centered on 'the heartbeat of Los Angeles.'"
· Inside LA's Insanely Popular First Public New Year's Eve Party [Curbed LA]