By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Crystals were installed on Times Square’s famous New Year’s Eve ball Monday.

Crews installed nearly 200 crystals on the ball, which contains more than 2,600 total.

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This year, a new design celebrates the “gift of wisdom.”

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“This year we’re installing the new ‘gift of wisdom’ Waterford crystal triangles. The gift of wisdom is represented by a wheel with these petals of knowledge that are going ever forward. People don’t realize, when you’re looking at the ball on TV, you see these beautiful colors with a kaleidoscope effect, but if you get to be up close, like we are today, you see these really beautiful, intricate Waterford patterns,” said organizer Jeff Strauss.

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New Year’s Eve in Times Square will go on this year, but with a much smaller crowd than usual. The city is also requiring COVID vaccinations and masks.

CBSNewYork Team