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Steel Shots: Times Square
Posted by Alison Trost on December 31, 2010 at 10:48 AM.


The slow descent of a brightly illuminated ball on the steel-framed One Times Square building in the heart of New York City has marked the close of one year and the beginning of another since 1907. Photo: Countdown Entertainment LLC.


As the country counts down the last few seconds of each year, many eyes focus on the world-famous New Years Eve crystal ball that slowly descends to welcome in the new year.


But did you know that this iconic tradition is all atop a steel framed building? Located on a tiny triangular lot at the intersection of New York’s 7th Avenue, Broadway and 42nd Street, the 25-story One Times Square building is clad in multi-story electronic advertisements and has become a well-known symbol of New York City.


Originally constructed to be the headquarters of The New York Times, the structure was the second tallest building in Manhattan upon its completion in 1904. For more info on the One Times Square building click here.


Even though today the building is mostly vacant, all attention is drawn to it each December 31st as the world welcomes in the new year.


Happy New Year to all MSC readers, from the MSC staff!


P.S. — If you’re curious about the 6-ft-diameter ball itself, check out the information on the Architectural Lighting website by clicking here.


And to see the New Years ball through the ages, visit

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