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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-28-07 to 1-1-08....New Year's Eve In Times Square
Aquamarine

Posted on 12/27/2007 9:10:06 PM PST by Aquamarine




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Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year's Eve is in the symbolic center of New York City "The City That Never Sleeps".
New Year's Eve in Times Square is chaotic, crowded, and out of control. People begin arriving late in the afternoon on New Year's Eve. By approximately 6:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. Between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic.
Times Square has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and has become a symbol of its home city. Times Square is principally defined by its animated, digital advertisements. Known simply as One Times Square, it is famed for the "ball" which "drops" from a tower on its roof every New Year's Eve.



The "New" New Year's Eve Ball

Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year, and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams.
On October 4, 2007, the co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square (Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment) unveiled the new LED Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball at a press conference at Hudson Scenic Studio in Yonkers, New York. 2008 year marks the 100th birthday of the New Year’s Eve Ball, a universal symbol of celebration and renewal.


Auld Lang Syne - Traditional

The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. As the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing our joy and hope for the year ahead.
WATERFORD CRYSTAL created an exclusive “Let There Be Light” design for the crystal triangles on the new Ball. Designed and crafted by Waterford artisans in Ireland, “Let There Be Light” features a dramatically stylized, radiating sunburst on each of the 672 crystal triangles. Due to the new design and technical innovations, this represents an increase of 168 crystal triangles from last year’s Ball. And, for the first time, the crystal triangles will feature cutting on both sides. The double cutting maximizes the light refraction within the crystal triangles.
The new Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is more than twice as bright as the old one, with enhanced color capabilities and state-of-the-art LED lighting effects. Waterford Crystal crafted a beautiful new design for the crystal triangles on the Ball. Philips Lighting provided new solid state lighting technology that substantially increased the brightness, energy efficiency, and color capabilities of the Ball. And Focus Lighting developed a spectacular and unique lighting design for the new Ball on its 100th birthday.

Times Square at 12:00 AM January 1






We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called "Opportunity" and its first
chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce




History of New Year's Eve In Times Square
About The New Year's Eve Ball
Countdown To 2008 - In Video



Happy New Year 2008!






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To: lonestar

How very sad for Mike. It must be so hard this the first Christmas and New Year and it all being so recent.

God Bless him, he is our thoughts and Prayers.


701 posted on 01/01/2008 5:07:16 PM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: GodBlessUSA
Beautiful, (((BeeGee)))...:)

Time to review some of these floats from today's Rose Parade:

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This one from the City of Sierra Madre.
I'm not finding many photos yet, but will keep searching.
Do you and your family have favorite floats, GBU?
:-)

702 posted on 01/01/2008 5:20:38 PM PST by La Enchiladita (And His Name shall be called Wonderful-Counselor...)
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To: ru4liberty

Happy Birthday to you too!

703 posted on 01/01/2008 5:22:38 PM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: La Enchiladita

Beautiful floats in those parades.


704 posted on 01/01/2008 5:28:12 PM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: The Mayor

Happy New Year, Rus and Family!!!
Did you watch the Parade, or at least some of it?
I will try to get pics of the floats tomorrow morning.


705 posted on 01/01/2008 5:42:41 PM PST by La Enchiladita (And His Name shall be called Wonderful-Counselor...)
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To: La Enchiladita

No I missed it, we watched the Sabres play a hockey game outside at the Bills football stadium. First time in history an NHL team played on the “Pond”.

Even though the Buffalo Sabres lost it was a great game to watch in the snow and wind.

Happy New Year to you and your family too Dita.


706 posted on 01/01/2008 5:49:05 PM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: The Mayor

Thank you.

Sounds like a fun day for your family, Rus.
Are they any kinds of heaters in the stands? Brrrr....:)


707 posted on 01/01/2008 6:15:36 PM PST by La Enchiladita (And His Name shall be called Wonderful-Counselor...)
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To: La Enchiladita

No, you go to the game you deal with the weather just like in football.
There were 73,000 people there, we watched at home. : )


708 posted on 01/01/2008 6:18:25 PM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: La Enchiladita
Not really but it's very sweet of you to say so.......Thank you.



*Hug*

709 posted on 01/01/2008 6:20:23 PM PST by EsmeraldaA
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To: The Mayor

Gotcha. Just like me, I watch the Parade from home.
Early morning in Pasadena is c-c-c-c-o-l-d.
Thank God for electronic viewing...:)


710 posted on 01/01/2008 6:20:54 PM PST by La Enchiladita (And His Name shall be called Wonderful-Counselor...)
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To: La Enchiladita

Absolutely, it is much warmer at home especially when it was 29 and snowing.


711 posted on 01/01/2008 6:23:40 PM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: lonestar

Prayers for your dear cousin Mike.


712 posted on 01/01/2008 6:36:22 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: The Mayor

Unless you’re an Eskimo and live in an Igloo....:-)
Heehee.


713 posted on 01/01/2008 6:36:24 PM PST by La Enchiladita (And His Name shall be called Wonderful-Counselor...)
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To: EsmeraldaA

Es, did you see post 702 with the swans? All flowers on that float.
Neat, huh?


714 posted on 01/01/2008 6:38:13 PM PST by La Enchiladita (And His Name shall be called Wonderful-Counselor...)
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To: ru4liberty

Welcome back .. you may have participated before I was active here at FR.

Lots of nice folks who hang out at this & a few of the other “gentle” threads..


715 posted on 01/01/2008 8:42:48 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: All; Kathy in Alaska
Kathy had this on the canteen thread & did want to bring it over so you wouldn't miss it.. We ALL know people like that, dont we?


716 posted on 01/01/2008 8:44:07 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: All
Warm Fuzzy Wednesday :)
717 posted on 01/02/2008 5:58:03 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Diver Dave

Thanks for the good wishes in #490,DD ... they cheered me up.

Feeling better today ... ‘07 was a tough one, glad to see the calendar turn ... )


718 posted on 01/02/2008 7:57:35 AM PST by jwfiv
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To: La Enchiladita
I left all of the sudden last night, sorry.
And yes, the float is great. I didn’t watch the Rose Parade this year......;D
719 posted on 01/02/2008 8:56:59 AM PST by EsmeraldaA
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To: MEG33; The Mayor; DollyCali; jaycee; lonestar; ru4liberty; La Enchiladita

Thanks again to all for the birthday wishes and comments about “the picture”.

In answer to some of the questions, Yes, I was the first born in our city and Don was the second 10 minutes later at 1:50am. I’m the cutest one (L) in the pic (some things never change) :)

If I remember the stories correctly, Mom got lotsa goodies from merchants and Dad went out and bought all the newspapers he could find so he could send the picture to his 12 siblings as birth(s) announcements.

Again, thanks for the comments.


720 posted on 01/02/2008 10:53:46 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: jwfiv
Under the weather for a little while,

Hope you are feeling better. Under the weather is no way to start out the new year. :-(

721 posted on 01/03/2008 11:20:21 AM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage! God bless our Troops!)
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