More than one million revelers are expected to gather at the Crossroads of the World for the the big event, which is also expected to be watched by over a billion people worldwide.
There was a countdown and cheering as the massive ball made its ascent. Well above the crossroads of the world, the ball featuring 32,256 LED lights will continue its light show throughout the new year.
At the time of the first New Year’s celebration in Times Square, Theodore Roosevelt was president, the New York Yankees were still known as the New York Highlanders, and it had been less than a decade since Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the eastern Bronx had been annexed to New York City.
The ball is comprised of nearly 2,700 Waterford crystals and 32, 256 LED lights and weighs 12,000 pounds – nearly six tons.
When asked whether the unlucky number of 13 in the coming year was something to be concerned about, a resounding 97 percent of respondents answered, ‘who cares.’
The New Year’s confetti that blankets Times Square at the start of every year has been put to the test, and is now ready to go airborne.
The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment invited people to the Crossroads of the World to shred, dump and pulverize their bad memories from this year on the fifth annual “Good Riddance Day.”
Multi-platinum recording artist Taio Cruz will perform his own hit, “Falling in Love,” as well as one of John Lennon’s – “Imagine” during the Times Square New Years’ Eve celebration.