The New Year‘s Eve celebration in Times Square debuted in 1904 as a ceremony commemorating the official opening of the New York Times‘ new headquarters at One Times Square. Located at the triangular intersection of 7th Avenue, Broadway and 42nd StreetManhattan, it was tsecond-tallest building in NYC in those days, towering over the small spot of land the newspaper named after itself.
The crowds at Trinity Church, then the setting for New Year’s Eve celebrations, instantly found their way uptown to a new and (down to the present day) more dynamic setting at Times Square; of course, it all became bigger and more high-tech over the years.
(By the way, this year’s ball looks suspiciously like last year’s ball…but the years are passing by so quickly that it all looks like one big, blurry Ball of Confusion; one ball–or strike or home run, for that matter–is just as good as any other ball.)
- Why the ball is dropped on New Year’s Eve (bizjournals.com)
- A Look Back At The History Of The Times Square Ball Drop (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- An Abridged Design History Of The Ball (And Can You Name Its Real Shape?) (npr.org)
- Once in a Lifetime: New Year’s Eve with NIVEA (eye4style.com)