Photos by David Allen
There will be an estimated one million people gathering in Times Square to ring in the new year on December 31. While many New Yorkers attend various parties, at midnight their eyes will be watching the Waterford Crystal ball descend atop One Times Square.
The Times Square ball is 12-feet in diameter and weights almost six tons. It is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, which are attached to the aluminum frame of the ball.
There have been seven versions of the ball. In 1907, the 700-pound ball was made of iron, wood and covered with 100 light bulbs. Throughout the years, it upgraded to another iron ball in 1920, an aluminum ball in 1955, a computerized aluminum and rhinestone ball in 1995, a crystal ball in 1999, a LED Ball to celebrate the centennial in 2007 — and finally, was replaced with the current ball.
While the first New Year’s Eve ball descended One Times Square in 1907, New Year’s Eve celebrations first started in Times Square in 1904. The ball has become a universal symbol of ringing in the New Year since its conception.
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