The tech behind the New Year's Eve ball drop

A view of the 2014 New Year's Eve Waterford Crystal ball during its installation at One Times Square on December 27, 2013 in New York City.

It's New Year's Eve, so of course it's almost time for New York City to do its big ball drop. Technically not a ball as much as a geodesic sphere weighing around 12,000 pounds. And there's plenty of technology in the thing, including LED light bulbs. John Trowbridge, who has been production manager for Times Square New Year's Eve for 18 years, says all the engineering equipment that makes the ball work kind of comes from the Neighborhood. Click the audio player above to hear more.

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