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Bright Lights

Until 1904, when the New York Times Newspaper moved its headquarters to 42nd street just off Broadway the area was known as Longacre Square, named after Longacre Square in London, England. Both namesakes were originally the carriage trade center where carriages were built, repaired and accessories sold.

The New Year’s Eve tradition of lowering a lighted ball in Times Square was started by the New York Times. The first ball dropped one second after midnight in 1907. Weighing 700 pounds, made of iron and wood, with one hundred 25 watt light bulbs, the ball was lowered from the top of a flag pole. Since 2008, the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve weighs 11,875 pounds, made of Waterford Crystal triangles, with 32,256 LED lights.

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