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Did You Know: The New Year’s Eve Ball is 12,000 lbs of Waterford Crystal

Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

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at the Nyack Library.


Magic:  The Gathering w/Master Ben from HobbyTown USA, Registration required, 4p


Teen Cooking, Registration required, 6p


New Year’s Eve – Library closes at 1:30p


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New Year’s Day – Library closed


Creative Writing Saturdays, Registration required, 1p


Study Sundays, 12p

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is actually a geodesic sphere and is 12 feet in diameter and weights 11,875 pounds. It is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles of which 288 change each year according to the year’s theme.  The theme for 2016 is Gift of Wonder which will be depicted by a faceted starburst inspiring our sense of wonder that nourishes the seeds of knowledge and achievement.  The remaining 2,112 crystal triangles showcase the Gift of Imagination design that has a series of intricate wedge cuts that are mirrored reflections of each other to inspire our imagination.  The crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules that are attached to the aluminum frame.

The first New Year’s Eve Ball was lowered atop One Times Square in 1907 and there have been seven versions of the ball.  The first ball was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and was covered with 100 light bulbs.  The current version was unveiled in 2008 and sparkles atop One Times Square year round.

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