NYC preps Times Square New Year's Eve crystal ball

Times Square New Year's Eve crystal ball gets a new look

Location: New York

New Waterford crystals join over 2,000 sparkling triangles

covering the ball that drops over Times Square every year

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF COUNTDOWN ENTERTAINMENT, JEFF STRAUSS, SAYING:

"We're here today replacing 192 of the Waterford crystal triangles on that ball behind me with a new design, 'the Gift of Wisdom.' It's represented by a wheel with these petals of knowledge growing ever forward. Every year we change 192 of these triangles creating a patchwork of hopes and dreams on the ball."

The ball is studded with 2,688 intricate crystal panels

It measures 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds

This year, New Year's Eve in Times Square will be a scaled-back event

In-person attendance is capped at 15,000

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF COUNTDOWN ENTERTAINMENT, JEFF STRAUSS, SAYING:

"This year, the mayor and everyone have announced that we're going to have reduced revelers in Times Square. But we're going to have more than a billion revelers around the world joining us on TV and on the Internet celebrating. It's the one moment where we all come together, even if it's just for 60 seconds as we countdown towards 2022."

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