Bucket List - Times Square for New Years
Times Square is an intersection in New York City formed by the juncture of Broadway, Seventh Avenue, and 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan. Long noted as a center of the city’s entertainment district, it is the site of annual New Year’s Eve celebrations. Over the past 103 years, the world-famous ball has undergone seven transformations to today’s impressive 11,875 pound-version, with over 30,000 LED lights and thousands of Waterford Crystal adornments.
In 1942 and 1943 the Ball Lowering was suspended due to the wartime dim-out. The crowds who still gathered in Times Square celebrated with a minute of silence followed by chimes ringing out from an amplifier truck parked at One Times Square. The tradition of lowering the New Year’s Eve ball began in 1907 with a 700 pound ball, made out of iron and wood, and covered in a modest 100, 25-watt light bulbs.