The Tradition of the Annual Ball Drop in Times Square

from usnews.nbcnews.com

On December 31, 1907, the tradition of the annual ball drop began in Times Square, formerly Longacre Square. Times Square is at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. It is considered the Theater District and it is full of pedestrians. Adolph Ochs, owner of The New York Times, who took care of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, felt he needed a ball drop to promote The Times, and had it designed by Artkraft Strauss, organized the event. The ball for us has changed over the years since originally, it was made in wood, but millions of people watch the event. The Times building sits on one Times Square.

from jewishcurrents.org

I have been to Times Square dozens of times, but never for this event. I am sure by the scores of people there, it must be a regular traffic jam to go home, unless you are lucky enough to have booked a hotel in the city or to live in the area.

Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Ball
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square

Have a Happy New Year!

Cassandra

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