Times Square New Year’s Eve ball gets some new sparkle

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Workers get ready to install Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on the roof of One Times Square in New York. (Reuters)
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Tom Brennan, Master Artisan of Waterford Crystal, holds a Waterford Crystal triangle from the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on the roof of One Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., (Reuters)
Updated 27 December 2018
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Times Square New Year’s Eve ball gets some new sparkle

NEW YORK: Preparations for New Year’s Eve in Times Square are taking shape, and some of those shapes are 192 new crystal triangles on the famous ball.
The new Waterford crystal triangles will join about 2,500 others Thursday on the big, sparkling sphere. Some new crystals are swapped in every year .
This year’s additions feature rosette cuts designed to make them appear to flow harmoniously into each other. That’s in keeping with this year’s “gift of harmony” theme.
The ball measures 12 feet (3.5 meters) in diameter and weighs almost 12,000 pounds (almost 5,450 kg). It’s positioned atop One Times Square.


“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York's Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. (AP)
Updated 19 February 2019
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“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

  • Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92

WASHINGTON: The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal.
George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.
In the famous image, one of four taken by Alfred Eisenstadt for Life magazine, Mendonsa is seen ecstatically bending over and kissing a woman in a white nurse’s uniform.
The picture was published by Life as “V-J Day in Times Square.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.
He had long claimed to be the sailor in the picture, but it wasn’t confirmed until recently with the use of facial recognition technology.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92.
Eisenstadt did not get the names of the kissing strangers.
He later described watching the sailor running along the street, and grabbing any girl in sight.
“I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me,” he wrote in “Eisenstadt on Eisenstadt.”
“Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.