This afternoon, I witnessed the final test of the New Year’s Eve ball drop at the iconic One Times Square building. My journey began with a short elevator ride to the 21st floor. From there, I was briefed on the history of this famous New Year’s Eve tradition, which began December 31, 1903 with a fireworks display to celebrate The New York Times’ move to the area. A few years later—mainly due to safety issues and the need to create a “bigger” show, the tradition shifted from fireworks to the famous lowering of the ball from the flagpole on the roof of the skyscraper.
Up, Up and Away
From the 21st floor, I walked up the remaining four flights of stairs to the top of the building. I’ll admit I was a little nervous standing on the roof of this 25-story structure, but soon my fears went away when I saw the 11,875-pound ball—illuminated by 32,256 lights and decked out in 2,688 crystals. Essentially a dress rehearsal for tomorrow night’s festivities, the ball was raised and lowered several times—complete with a vibrant lighting display. If you want to watch with the rest of the world as New York rings in 2013, head to Times Square tomorrow. Happy New Year!