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Volume 21, Number 34 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | December 26 – January 1, 2009

Bells will ring in 2009

Ringing in the New Year, Trinity Church is keeping the tradition alive by having their once famous bell ringing ceremony.

The church once was the Times Square of New Year’s Eve. After ending the tradition in 1894 because of unruly crowds, the church resumed the literal ringing two years ago to welcome in 2007 with new bells. The change-ringing bells are a rarity in the country. The audience was down last year. A crowd of about 100 waited for 2007 to come, but only 20 were there for the 2008 bells. Despite that, Trinity Wall Street representatives have high hopes for 2009.

“If people are watching their finances, it’s definitely something to come out and do”, said Donna Presnell, a Trinity spokesperson. “We certainly want to let the community know that we are in celebration.”

The ringing ceremony will take place from 11:30 p.m to 12:30 a.m. at Wall St. and Broadway and again during the day on January 20th for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. Though the church will not be open for visits, the gates will be open for celebration.