New Yorkers say ‘Good Riddance’ to 2020

Among the submissions were some of the grimmer aspects of social distancing norms and work-from-home customs, not least Zoom video conferencing calls.

The Times Square Alliance, which promotes local businesses, has organized the event since 2007 near where the ball drops in the closing moments of Dec. 31 to mark the new year, encouraging people to write down unpleasant memories from the year to be thrown into an oversized paper shredder.

"I think of all the New Year's Eves I've ever experienced, this New Year's Eve is special," Jonathan Bennett, the event's host, said in an interview. "The whole world really needs this new year to come in."