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NEW YORK (WKRC) -- Since 1904 One Times Square has been at the center of worldwide attention on New Year's Eve. Today, New Year's Eve in Times Square is one of the most recognized and televised global entertainment events.
An estimated 1,000,000 revelers will attend on-site.
85% outside of NYC
23% foreign visitors
70% between 19 to 35 years old
32% between 26 to 35 years old
46% of Americans pick Times Square as the #1 place to celebrate New Years Eve
56% of Americans will be watching the Times Square New Years Eve celebration
Over 100,000,000 U.S. television viewers
Over one billion television viewers worldwide
Over 275 broadcasters worldwide carry the event.
Domestic ABC, APTV, CBS, CNBC, CNN, FNC, FOX, MSNBC, MTV, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, and others
International Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, South Korea, Spain, Venezuela, and others
The first rooftop celebration atop One Times Square, complete with a fireworks display, took place in 1904. The New York Times produced this event to inaugurate its new headquarters in Times Square and celebrate the renaming of Longacre Square to Times Square.
Auld Lang Syne
The first Ball Lowering celebration atop One Times Square was held on December 31, 1907 and is now a worldwide symbol of the turn of the New Year, seen via satellite by more than one billion people each year.
In 1942 and 1943 the Ball Lowering was suspended due to the wartime dim-out. The crowds who still gathered in Times Square celebrated with a minute of silence followed by chimes ringing out from an amplifier truck parked at One Times Square.
Times Square is the only zone in the New York City where tenants are required to display bright signs.
Visitors to 42nd Street in the late 19th century were astounded by Oscar Hammersteins Paradise Roof Garden, an exotic theater district spectacle populated with swans, monkeys and the tinkling of a waterfall as a backdrop for diners and dancers.
Parental Guidance Suggested
In the 1920s, the entire cast of Mae Wests play, Pleasure Man, was arrested on obscenity charges after the second Times Square performance.
Thanks to an exterior elevator, you can view all of 42nd Street while visiting statues of your favorite celebrities and historical figures at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
In 1913, it was estimated that 150,000 daily visits to prostitutes took place in Times Square.
War is Over
On the day World War I ended, opera great Enrico Caruso celebrated from the balcony of the Knickerbocker Hotel on Broadway and 42nd, singing the national anthems of the United States, France and Italy.
Be All That You Can Be!
The Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Station, nicknamed The Booth, has been a fixture on the Great White Way since 1946. Air force, army, navy and marine corps recruiters were greatly relieved when a bathroom was finally installed during a 1998 renovation.
Sign of the Times
In 1917 the first large electric display billboard was installed. 11 Years later, the first running electric sign was lit for the first time, to announce Herbert Hoovers victory in the Presidential elections.
To Protect and Serve
Times Square is of course home to a dazzling array of bright neon signs, and New Yorks Finest know when to go with the flow. The Times Square New York Police Department precinct house sports a bright blue and purple sign of its own.
Paving the Great White Way
Early showstoppers who performed on Times Square stages included Fred and Adele Astaire, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Dorothy and Lillian Gish, among others.
In 1915, D.W. Griffiths The Birth of a Nation premiered in Times Square. The film heralded the rise of the movies from lowly sideshows to pop culture juggernauts.
Times Squares NASDAQ sign cost over $37 million to build. Standing 37 feet high, it is the largest LED sign in the world.
Times Squares shape is actually not that of a square but rather a bow tie, formed by the intersection of Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.
More than 50 Times Square BID sanitation workers, along with the New York City Department of Sanitation crews, clean Times Square through the night to remove all of the confetti and return Times Square to its usual cleanliness.
Information from timessquareball.net