“14” Is the Magic Number

“14” Is the Magic Number

During any given holiday, New York City is the place to be. I mean, think about. We celebrate Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween with larger-than-life parades and festivities throughout town; and Christmas ushers in awe-inspiring decorations, which hang from the city’s venerable landmarks. So of course, New York knows how to ring in a new year. Earlier this week, I was able to attend the unveiling of the seven-foot-tall “14,” which in a few weeks will rest atop One Times Square to complete the “2-0-1-4” sign that lights up at midnight to announce the beginning of the new year and the completion of the world-famous Ball Drop. At the event, the number “14” wasn’t alone; it stood next to an equally enormous 11-foot, 9-inch tall champagne bottle provided by Moët & Chandon Champagne—the official champagne of Times Square 2014. To celebrate the occasion, the Senior String Quartet from the Half Hollow Hills School District—all part of the 2014 graduating class—wowed us with festive tunes. New this year, the numbers will be illuminated in changing colors and patterns. Visitors to the Times Square Museum & Visitor Center can view the “14” thru Dec. 26 before it makes its move to One Times Square. 

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