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The Port Authority Bus Terminal – one block from Times Square – was evacuated New Year’s Eve after multiple people were slashed only hours before midnight.
The busy transit hub plunged into chaos Tuesday night just before 9pm when three people began fighting on the terminal's main concourse near the ticket counters - two ended up being slashed.
An FDNY spokesperson told MailOnline that two people were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A Port Authority spokesperson said one person was transported to a hospital.
Mass evacuation: The Port Authority Bus Terminal is only one block from Times Square
The Port Authority spokesperson said the wounds were non-life-threating slash marks - 'they were not puncture wounds.'
Port Authority Police believe the attack was carried out with a razor or a box cutter and not a knife.
'In port authority and some random guy just started stabbing people,' Twitter user Chase wrote. 'A bunch of people are currently hiding in the girls bathroom. Oh god.'
Witness Natalie Morales told the New York Daily News her uncle became involved in an altercation and came out of the bathroom with blood coming out of his face and neck.
Another witness claimed to the paper he tried to break up the fight but was unsuccessful.
A source told MailOnline the three suspects likely knew each other, but was not able to confirm a New York Post report the suspects were homeless.
The suspects is described as a Hispanic male wearing army fatigues, he escaped and is still at large, the Port Authority spokesperson noted.
One block away: Security is tight ahead of the new Year's Eve ball drop one block away in Times Square
No where to hide: With officers across city, state and federal agencies patrolling the area, the assailant is not likely to get far
Packed: Over one million people fill Times Square each New Year's Eve
The evacuation was mostly calm and orderly, a witness told MailOnline. An announcement came over the bus terminal’s public address system and people filed out as instructed.
‘[It was] seemingly quick and well orchestrated, led by posted troops,’ said Michael Gasiorek. ‘[The] only concern was crowd buildup outside.’
That calmness evaporated once outside, as officers were surprised by the masses of people pouring out of the bus terminal, Mr Gasiorek explained.
'We just evacuated, is there a plan?' He said he asked police.
'Plan? Get away from the building,' the officer responded.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is on 42nd Street at Eighth Avenue, one block from Times Square and across the street from police checkpoints regulating the flow of revelers into and out of the ball drop zone.
Security in and around Times Square is tight for New Year's Eve, with multiple agencies from the city, state and federal level keeping watch over the more than one million people packed into the small area.
More than 225,000 people course in and out of the bus station every day. It is a major transit hub with connections to 14 subway lines and buses with both regional and national reach.
When revelers pack a freezing Times Square to ring in 2014, they will be greeted with some familiar practices: arriving early, a hefty police presence, live music, confetti and the annual ball drop.
But for the first time in a decade, a New York City mayor won't attend the countdown at the crossroads of the world.
Yet around a million other people will. The partygoers arrived early in the day, braving temperatures in the 20s to stand in metal pens for hours.
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Tight security: A man undergoes a metal detector test as people arrive early for New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York
Excitement: About one million people from all over the world are expected to pack into the bow-tie-shaped stretch of streets in midtown Manhattan to see the crystal ball drop and count down to 2014
Iconic: The U.S. flag is reflected in the window of a police car as a police man stands guard in Times Square ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations in New York
And each year, the New York Police Department assigns thousands of extra patrols to festivities - in ways seen and unseen - to control the crowd and watch for any signs of trouble.
Plainclothes officers are assigned to blend into the crowd.
Many officers will be wearing palm-size radiation detectors designed to give off a signal if they detect evidence of a dirty bomb, an explosive intended to spread panic by creating a radioactive cloud.
About one million people from all over the world are expected to pack into the bow-tie-shaped stretch of streets in midtown Manhattan to see the crystal ball drop and count down to 2014, organizers said.
Jubilation: When the clock strikes 12 and the glittering ball drops, so will one ton of confetti - scraps of paper with well wishes for the upcoming year, like this picture from January 1 2013
Precautions: Many NYPD officers will be wearing palm-size radiation detectors designed to give off a signal if they detect evidence of a dirty bomb, an explosive intended to spread panic by creating a radioactive cloud
Ryan Seacrest will host the countdown show from Times Square, with Melissa Etheridge, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop and Blondie among the musical guests.
Seacrest has hosted the past few years; longtime host Dick Clark died last year.
When the clock strikes 12 and the glittering ball drops, so will one ton of confetti - scraps of paper with well wishes for the upcoming year. But there will be no New York mayor.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended every other celebration during his tenure, hobnobbing with celebrities and receiving a peck on the cheek from Lady Gaga, said he's sitting out Tuesday's festivities to spend time with family and friends.
Busy: A New York City traffic officer controls crowds crossing an intersection in Times Square on New Year's Eve
Cold: Temperatures in Times Square were expected to be in the mid-20s, and revelers were encouraged to dress warmly and bring layers
Ready for the show: Kathy and Anderson Cooper will host the annual CNN live show as they ring in the New Year in Times Square
And Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be busy being sworn into office at a private ceremony at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at his Brooklyn home. The full inauguration begins at noon at City Hall.
Instead, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a New York City native, will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year's Eve ball.
'She is an inspiration to everyone determined to achieve their dreams in 2014,' said Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, which runs the event.
Temperatures were expected to be in the mid-20s, and revelers were encouraged to dress warmly and bring layers.
Eager merrymakers often arrive hours early to get a good spot to view the show - but that means staying put behind metal police pens.
There are no bathrooms and once people leave, they can't come back to their spot. Police check backpacks. No alcohol is allowed.
Preparations; Eager merrymakers often arrive hours early to get a good spot to view the show - but that means staying put behind metal police pens
Warning: There are no bathrooms available for revelers and once people leave, they can't come back to their spot
Security in Times Square has tightened in the post-9/11 world, especially since the botched attempted car bombing there in the summer of 2010.
More recently, the two Massachusetts-based brothers charged in the Boston Marathon bombing discussed coming to the neon-lit district after setting off pressure cooker bombs along the marathon route, prosecutors said.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly stressed there are no specific terror threats related to a celebration televised across the globe.
'You know, we devote a lot of police officers, plus there are a lot of other events that are happening throughout the city that will be policed, as well.
'So I think we're in good shape,' Kelly said, referring to shows in Brooklyn and other events.
Visitors will see bomb-sniffing dogs and heavily armed counterterrorism teams. Rooftop patrols and NYPD helicopters will keep an eye on the crowd as well.
Checks: Workers test the ball that will drop at midnight in Times Square
Honor: Instead of a New York mayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a New York City native, will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the ball
The bomb squad and another unit specializing in chemical and biological threats will sweep hotels, theaters, construction sites and parking garages.
They also will patrol the Times Square subway station and certain exits will be blocked off.
The NYPD will rely on a network of thousands of closed-circuit security cameras blanketing the roughly 1.7 square miles south of Canal Street, the subway system and parts of midtown Manhattan.
After the show, sanitation crews will get to work mopping up the celebration, working through the night to rid the area of an estimated 50 tons of confetti, party hats and other remainders of the revelry.