Welp, a lot for 2023.
Barely 4 days into the new yr, the 11,875-pound Waterford Crystal-bedecked ball that drops from the high of One Occasions Sq. in considered one of the globe’s most well-known New Yr’s Eve celebrations is darkish.
The 2023 numerals have vanished, prompting concern from Occasions Sq.-goers and, doubtlessly, the world over the destiny of the celebrated annual icon. The ball itself has turn into a year-long attraction, glowing above the Crossroads of the World from January by way of December, earlier than the new numbers arrive to herald the subsequent yr.
So what occurred to 2023? You may be joyful to know there’s apparently nothing nefarious afoot.
A spokesperson for the Occasions Sq. Alliance confirmed the 2023 numbers have been taken down due to building at One Occasions Sq..
Lisa Serbaniewicz, a spokesperson for the property, later confirmed in an announcement that the numerals have been quickly eliminated as a part of its redevelopment, which is able to embrace a brand new viewing deck, museum and interactive expertise.
“The numerals will be reaffixed to the top of the building later this year in alignment with the construction process,” Serbaniewicz added. “The New Year’s Eve Ball will remain at the building throughout the redevelopment, with some temporary planned outages to allow for site construction.”
In the meantime, in case you missed this yr’s ball drop, we have got you coated. Relive the second in the participant above.