"Times Square is considered the crossroads of the world in no small part because Dick Clark's New Year's Eve celebrations there were beamed across the globe," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. "Generations of Americans grew up with Dick, and yet he seemed forever young. His spirit will always live on in Times Square, and in the hearts of millions of New Yorkers."
Pat Montesione of Yorktown, N.Y., recalled watching Clark not only on New Year's Eve but also on Clark's other television programming. News of Clark's death was "devastating," the 63-year-old Montesione said.
"It's like a little piece of me goes away when I hear something like that," he said.