Pat Shingleton Column

"Times Square-When and Why it Started?"

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Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:35 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Times Square, 1907, The Ball

On this date in 1907, The New York Times moved its offices to a building on a square that now bears its name. To commemorate the paper's new home, publisher Alfred Ochs provided a lavish New Year's Eve celebration intended to attract parishioners from Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. The church was traditionally the gathering place on New Year's Eve. As noted in a previous column, 200,000 people celebrated New Year's Eve for the first time, 105 years ago, in the newly-named Times Square. That same year, Ochs added a 700-pound, 5-foot-diameter ball, made of iron and wood; covered with electrical lights. Weather for the first event was 52 degrees with light rain. In 1917 it was -13 degrees with snow. Tonight, revelers will enjoy 37 degrees with flurries.

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