The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor just a few weeks prior to this photograph. Thousands of people were in the streets near Times Square celebrating the arrival of 1942, but undoubtedly, quite a large number of the men in this photo would soon be heading off to war in Europe or the Pacific, many not to return.
Source: Associated Press
This is a general view of the throngs of revelers that jammed New York's Times Square to usher in the new year, Dec. 31, 1941. The view looks north on 44th Street and Broadway. (AP Photo)