The famous New Year's Eve ball was tested Monday to make sure it's ready to go for the big celebration. The 11,875 pound ball contains about 2,600 Waterford crystals. They form a brand new design called "Gift of Imagination".
It was inspired by a sketch by a 12-year old patient at St. Jude Children's Hospital. The giant ball is lit from within by more than 32,000 lights.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx native, will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the New Year's Eve ball. SOURCE