The first ball drop was held on December 31, 1907, and it has been a staple of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square ever since. The ball is made of Waterford Crystal and is lit with 32,256 LED lights. The ball weighs over 11,000 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter. The ball itself has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years, and today it is a massive, geodesic sphere that is lit up with over 32,000 LED lights and weighs nearly 12,000 pounds. As the ball descends down a pole, it is accompanied by a pyrotechnic display and a musical performance by a popular artist, making it a highly anticipated event every year.
However, the ball drop has not always gone off without a hitch. In 1942, the ball drop was cancelled due to World War II blackouts, and in 1976, the ball malfunctioned and did not drop at midnight. In addition, there have been several instances where the ball has been damaged or destroyed due to weather or other factors, including a wind gust that knocked the ball off its perch in 2012. Despite these setbacks, the ball drop remains a beloved and iconic tradition, with millions of people around the world tuning in to watch the spectacle each year.
When Ozone gas was first identified in 1840 its harmful effects were not widely understood – it was associated with fresh air and recuperative properties. In 1882, a businessman coined the name Ozone Park (NY) to promote the area’s proximity to “fresh tonic ocean air”.
The vast majority of “Push to Walk” buttons at intersections and “Close Door” buttons in elevators are disabled and only exist to give the illusion of control. In NYC, less than 10% of walk buttons are still even connected to the power grid.
The Statue of Liberty almost wasn’t built in New York because the governor wouldn’t use city funds to build its pedestal, but Joseph Pulitzer’s newspaper articles inspired 160,000 people to donate. Though a majority of donations were less than $1, they raised over $100,000 in just five months.
There is a wire called an eruv that hangs above Manhattan encircling much of the borough, acting as a symbolic boundary that turns the public streets into a private space, much like one’s own home that allows Jewish people to move about freely without having to worry about breaking Jewish law.
The Brooklyn Dodgers name stems from a nickname given in the 1890s to people who, in a matter of life and death, had to evade railcars speeding down the streets. They were known as trolley dodgers. Trolleys were new inventions, which led to two issues. First, cities lacked the safety infrastructure which protects pedestrians today (e.g. well-delineated pedestrian paths which minimize intersection with traffic to deliberately designed, high-visibility crossings). Second, trolleys were much faster than the alternatives with which people were accustomed (horse carriages), and so folks were much less prepared to deal with them safely.
There is a neighborhood called “The Hole” in NYC. It has no streetlights, sidewalks, or sewers, and it sits 12 feet below the surrounding area (hence the name). It was once home to a farming town, black cowboys, the mob, until finally earning the reputation of the worst neighborhood in NYC.