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The Countdown Is On — Times Square Ball Drop Numbers Have Arrived

By Nicole Levy | December 15, 2016 2:09pm
The "1" and "7" signs that arrived in Times Square Thursday morning contain 72 and 115 LED lights respectively.
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2017 has arrived in New York City — or least its numerals have.

The electric "1" and "7" signs that will welcome the new year — alongside their "2" and "0" cousins — landed in Times Square Thursday morning. 

In what has become an annual tradition, Landmark Signs employees unloaded the 7-foot-tall numerals at the intersection of Broadway and 46th Street for an 11 a.m. public unveiling and lighting by Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins and Countdown Entertainment president Jeffrey Straus.

The "1" and "7," manufactured by Philips Lighting, feature 72 and 115 LED bulbs respectively.

They'll remain on illuminated display in Father Duffy Square near the TKTS booth until 1 p.m. Friday, which means tourists have 24 hours to take selfies with them. (Be warned, New Yorkers, in case this gives you another reason to avoid Times Square.)

After that, the numbers will be temporarily stored indoors before joining "2" and "0" atop One Times Square.

All four numbers will light up at midnight Dec. 31, after the New Year's Eve ball drop.