For Hope and Peace: Happy New Year 2009!!

For Hope and Peace: Happy New Year 2009!!

Josh Groban: You Raise Me Up

New Year’s Eve 2009: Celebrations Around the World

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The New Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball: A Symbol of Renewal

The New Times Square Waterford Crystal Ball

Revelers began celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square as early as 1904, but it was not until 1907 that the New Year’s Eve Ball made its inaugural descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. This original Ball, constructed of iron and wood and adorned with 100 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. In 1920, a 400 pound ball made entirely of iron replaced the original.

The new LED Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball marks the 100th birthday of the New Year’s Eve Ball, a universal symbol of celebration and renewal. The new Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is more than twice as bright as the old one, with enhanced color capabilities and state-of-the-art LED lighting effects. Waterford Crystal crafted a beautiful new design for the crystal triangles on the Ball. Times Square has always been a neighborhood that’s rich in tradition, from Broadway to Tin Pan Alley to Restaurant Row. This year, the New Year’s Eve Ball has been re-envisioned and re-invented, just as Times Square is constantly re-inventing itself.

The New 2008 Waterford Crystal Ball in Times Square

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