Louise Jean-Charles, 59, Nadia Donnay, 39, Napoleon Michel, 69 were killed.
Locals will find a variety of events to choose from to celebrate the new year.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly warned of the dangers of firing guns in the air to ring in the New Year.
Organizers said the stunt would have been "impractical."
A light display using Times Square billboards will occur every midnight, under a plan announced Thursday.
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